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Philharmonia Sessions: Family Concert

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Photo of Lucy Drever at the Philharmonia Sessions


Holly Mathieson – conductor
Lucy Drever – presenter
Angie Newman – British Sign Language interpreter


Jessie Montgomery Starburst Listen

Gwyneth Walker Raise the Roof

Lucy Drever We'll Stand Tall (New song for audience participation)

Ravel, arr. Iain Farrington Mother Goose, IV. Conversations of Beauty and the Beast Listen

George Walker Lyric for strings Listen

Lin-Manuel Miranda 'How Far I'll Go' from Moana Listen

Ravel, arr. Iain Farrington Mother Goose, V. The Fairy Garden Listen

Who says you have to sit still to listen to classical music? Jump to the rhythm of Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, wander through a fairytale world with Ravel, or just lie on the sofa and chill while the sounds of George Walker’s gorgeous Lyric for Strings wash over you. And join in with the music whenever you want to, as presenter Lucy Drever helps us bring the wonderful world of the orchestra to life in your living room.

This concert is captioned and British Sign Language interpreted.

Supported by:
John and Carol Wates
The Wates Foundation

Promoted in partnership with Classic FM.

Art activity – Everyday Heroes

Deadline: Thursday 6 August 2020

Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst sounds like bright stars shining and lighting up the sky. Who are the stars in your life? We’d like you to draw your Everyday Hero, someone that has really helped you over the last few months. It could be a family member, a teacher, a friend, someone who works at your local shop, or a key worker. You could draw them, paint them, take a photo together, or make a model.

Some of these pieces of art will be shown in our family concert while the Philharmonia plays Starburst, to say thank you to the amazing people that have helped us through lockdown. We’re also joining forces with Southbank Centre’s Everyday Heroes exhibition. Your work could be featured in Southbank Centre’s outdoor exhibition in London.

To enter, ask your parent or guardian to send your art to by Thursday 6 August 2020. If you want to, you can let us know your first name, age and where you live in the email. Your parent or guardian also needs to read our consent information before sending in your artwork.

Need to know

Prices & Discounts

Free to watch

The Philharmonia Sessions are free to watch. Make a donation today to support the Philharmonia Sessions, keep our musicians playing and secure the future of the Orchestra.

Running time

50 minutes

Is this a live performance?

No, this is a deferred broadcasts/stream. It is performed and filmed shortly ahead of the broadcast date and time.

Where to watch

The performance will be streamed on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel and on Classic FM’s Facebook Live.

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice.

Is this concert suitable for my child?

We recommend this concert is suitable for ages 5+.

Will it be available after broadcast?

Yes. It will be available on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel after broadcast.

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