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12:00 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Why Beethoven Threw the Stew

FUNharmonics family concert

As the world celebrates his 250th birthday in 2020, let the LPO introduce your family to one of the most brilliant composers in the history of music – Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ll hear some of his most famous orchestral pieces, and will discover the real man behind the music. Why was he so grumpy? Why did he rarely have a bath? And most importantly, why should you never serve him stew? Inspired by the book of the same name by cellist Steven Isserlis.

Rachel Leach presenter
Ben Glassberg conductor

On every FUNharmonics day, we invite our youngest audience members to join our friends from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. OAE TOTS workshops offer a magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five, sitting up-close to orchestral musicians and taking part with their parents and carers.
Workshops take place at 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm in the Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall – separate tickets required.

And there’s more…
From 10am on FUNharmonics concert mornings, there are free hands-on activities around the building linked to the concert theme. Children with a concert ticket and aged six and over can ‘have a go’ at different orchestral instruments under expert instruction, including a harp! As this event is extremely popular, and spaces are limited, we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment and the longest queues.

FUNharmonics foyer activities are generously supported by Stentor Music Co. Ltd, Jupiter and Bell Music.

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