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LSO Family Concert: Presto And Zesto in Limboland

Suitable for 7–12 year olds

Presto and Zesto in Limboland

Experience the spectacle of a live symphony orchestra with your family.

Bemoaning the lack of decent cake in the world, good friends Presto and Zesto pay no attention to where they are going and find themselves lost in Limboland. Not good! So how do these two pals escape from such a cuckoo, mixed-up place? Bring your family along and follow this zany tale from muchloved children’s authors Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks, all whisked along by popular selections from the classical repertoire.

See below for information about the free workshops and activities ahead of the concert and the audience participation elements to get involved with.

Fun and informative, the LSO’s family concerts are specially designed to entertain the whole family. Presented in a unique and engaging way, let us guide you through a themed programme, with some music you'll know and some you won't. And it’s not just sitting in silence either – we always offer the chance to get involved by playing and singing along, and you can get into the spirit of the concert with free activities and immersive workshops in the Barbican foyers beforehand.

PRESTO AND ZESTO IN LIMBOLAND is published by Penguin Random House Children’s.
© 2018 by Arthur Yorinks and The Maurice Sendak Foundation Inc.
All rights reserved.

Free Pre-concert Workshops and Activities

12–2.15pm, Barbican Foyers
Get into the spirit of the concert with our fun, free interactive activities


Some workshops have a limited capacity, so go to your favourite activity first or arrive a few minutes before the workshop start time so you have the best chance of getting in!

Workshop start times: 12pm / 12.35pm / 1.10pm / 1.45pm

Music workshop
Stalls Lounge, Level -1
Join James Moriarty and a team of professional musicians in these creative music workshops. Bring your own instrument or try one of ours!

Singing workshop
Fountain Room foyer, Level G
Warm your voices up ahead of the concert in these energetic singing workshops to learn the participation song, The Wedding Song, with Lucy Drever.

Participation piece rehearsal
Fountain Room, Level G
Join professional musicians to learn and rehearse The Wedding Song which will be performed during the concert. Bring your own instrument!

Drop-in activities

Activities run from midday to 2.15pm

Arts and Crafts
Clubstage, Level -1
Join artist Shelly Wain for this creative workshop where you will design storytelling coins in order to conjure up your own stories.

Learn more about the repertoire that you will hear in the concert by following our trail around the Barbican foyers.

Audience Participation

Your pictures of Limboland

Maurice Sendak was a highly acclaimed illustrator and his pictures will feature on our big screen during the concert.

Show us your own drawing skills and send in your interpretations of the mixed-up, upside down world that is Limboland – full of cake, talking animals and dancing vegetables! We will then feature as many pictures as possible on our big screen at various points during the concert.

Here are a few tips:
- Why not take some inspiration from the audience participation song? Details below.
- Make the pictures A4 and oriented landscape (i.e. long side bottom and top).
- Use whatever art materials you like but try to fill the page and make them as colourful as possible.
- Put the artist’s name on the drawing somewhere so that they will see it on screen (just first name is fine).

If you would like your artwork included in the concert please scan it and email to [email protected] by Monday 22 October.

Audience Participation Song

We'll be asking the audience to join in with the Orchestra during the concert in a Wedding Song for Mr and Mrs Sugar Beet!

If you'd like to get in a bit of practice, either on your instrument or singing along, then you can download the music and listen to the audio files below:

Instrumental/Voice parts
Vocal part and words
Violin | Flute | Oboe | Guitar
Clarinet | Trumpet
Alto Sax
French Horn
Cello | Bassoon | Tuba | Double Bass

Audio files
Piano with voice
Piano only

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More to do with your family

On Saturday 27 October, Culture Mile presents loads of amazing activities to keep little ones entertained. From film screenings and workshops at the Barbican, through to the LSO family concert and the Museum of London celebrating 250 years of the circus with a spectacular science show.

Framed Film Club Workshop + The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
Workshop 10am / Film screening 11am, Barbican Cinema 2, Tickets from £2.50

Barbican Framed Film Club hosts a free workshop for young film fans who want to show off their art 'skulls', inspired by Tim Burton and Henry Sellick's spooktacular musical adventure The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG), followed by a screening of the movie. Perfect for 3–8 year olds.

Parent & Baby Screening
11.15am, Barbican Cinema 3, Tickets from £6

Enjoy the best new releases on the big screen with your little ones of twelve months and under in a relaxed environment, without worrying about making too much noise. Lights are turned up higher and sound is turned down lower, so you get the easiest environment for you and your baby.

Celebrating the Circus
11.30-11.50am, 12.30–12.50pm & 2–2.20pm, 3 – 3.20pm Museum of London, FREE

Join Museum of London as it celebrates 250 years of the circus with an interactive family show. Take a tumble through circus history and science exploring exciting acts from London’s history and the forces that make them work. Be prepared for tricks, pops and daring acts of courage.

Barbican Hall