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12:00 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

Before the Firebird...

FUNharmonics family concert

Paul Rissmann Before the Firebird
Stravinsky Excerpts from The Firebird

Michael Seal conductor
Paul Rissmann presenter/composer
Catrine Kirkman singer/narrator
Deansfield Primary School Choir
Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky’s magical ballet score The Firebird weaves the tale of a Prince, a powerful bird, and their battle to defeat an evil sorcerer and release 13 captive sisters. But just how did these brave sisters end up under King Katschei’s spell in the first place? Composer Paul Rissmann and librettist Hazel Gould’s fantastic new prequel to the traditional story may have the answer. Join the LPO for some compelling storytelling and fantastic new participatory music, plus extracts from Stravinsky’s original score.

Ticket prices

  • £4
  • £24

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.