FUNharmonics: Stan and Mabel


  • Eduard Strauss Bahn Frei
  • Ernest Tomlinson ‘Kettledrum’ and ‘Chipping Lane’ from Second Suite of English Folk Dances
  • Paul Rissmann Stan and Mabel
  • Florence Price 'Juba Dance’ from Symphony No. 1


  • Michael Seal conductor
  • Polly Ives presenter

Stan and Mabel, a city-dwelling dog and cat, love listening to their neighbour practising her musical instruments.

When she disappears to judge a competition to find the Greatest Orchestra in the World, there’s only one thing for it – they’re going to have to audition! But who will join their orchestra? Find out as the London Philharmonic Orchestra and presenter Polly Ives tell the lively story of Stan and Mabel, based on the book by Jason Chapman with music by Paul Rissmann. With plenty of audience interaction throughout, as well as a selection of exciting orchestral pieces your family will love, this is sure to be an unforgettable first concert experience for young music-lovers aged 5 and above.

Sat 26 Oct 2024, 12.00pm

London, Royal Festival Hall

Tickets £8 - £24

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What is a FUNharmonics concert?

FUNharmonics family concerts are the perfect way to introduce the joy of classical music to the whole family. Concerts start at 12 noon, are one hour long, and are especially designed for children. Each concert is fast-paced and includes a presenter on stage, who breaks down the music or tells a story to keep our youngest audience members engaged and enthralled. There is also a big screen showing images projected behind the Orchestra, and always plenty of audience participation to get everyone joining in!

Make a day of your visit

Your concert ticket includes the opportunity to take part in 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 could include drop-in interactive workshops exploring the themes of the concert, fun singing workshops, and our extremely popular “Have a Go” sessions, where children can try out instruments of the orchestra. Watch this space for more information when activities are announced.

Activities take place from 10.00–11.45am and are free to concert ticket holders.

Workshops suitable for any age; Have a Go suitable for 6+

All pre-concert activities are subject to availability. We recommend arriving early to avoid the longest queues.  

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