FUNharmonics: Appalachian Spring


  • Aaron Copland Excerpts from Appalachian Spring; Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Rachel Leach 100 Years Ago
  • Errollyn Wallen Excerpts from Mighty River
  • Joan Tower Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman


  • Charlotte Politi conductor
  • Rachel Leach presenter

Classic American music in an unforgettable first concert experience for all the family.

Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring tells the story of a bride and a groom, anticipating their future in America over 100 years ago. First composed for ballet, the luminous music makes you want to dance and sing, and includes the famous ‘Simple gifts’ folk melody, as well as a very loud musical alarm clock!

Bring the whole family and join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for a lively concert of celebration, optimism and fabulous American music. Presenter Rachel Leach will tell the story from the stage, breaking down the music and keeping the young audience engaged and joining in!

Make a day of your visit

Your concert ticket includes a fabulous array of free musical activities in the foyer spaces at the Royal Festival Hall before the concert begins, so the whole family can make a day of your visit. This may include drop-in interactive workshops exploring the themes of the concert, a singing session, and our extremely popular “Have a Go” sessions, where children can try out instruments of the orchestra. 

Activities take place from 10.00am–12.00 noon and are free to concert ticket holders.

This concert and activities are suitable for children aged six and above.

Sun 5 May 2024, 12.00pm

Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £8 - £24

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