FUNharmonics Family Concert ‘Fisticuffs and Fairies’ at Royal Festival Hall (11.30am)


Pray silence for the Great Bard – though this concertwill be anything but quiet – with battles, weddings, jovial japes and dazzling dances aplenty. There’s warmongering from Walton, magic from Mendelssohn, pomp from Prokofiev, and bravado from Bernstein as we take you on an orchestral adventure through scenes from the great stage masterpieces of William Shakespeare.

Travel ‘on location’ with us to Agincourt, Athens, Verona and New York with music written for films, musicals, ballets and the plays themselves. Is this a spectacle I see before me? It certainly is!

Foyer Events throughout the morning: You can try your hand at playing an orchestral instrument in one of our Have-a-Go sessions, get your face painted or learn circus skills – all in the foyers before and after the performance.

Music will include:

William Walton Excerpts from Henry V Suite
Felix Mendelssohn Excerpts from the Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sergey Prokofiev Montagues and Capulets from Romeo and Juliet
Leonard Bernstein Excerpts from Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Chris Jarvis presenter

Saturday 16 May

Adults £8 to £14
Children £4 to £7
Concessions 50% discount (limited availability)


Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX