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Musical Roots

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Calling all detectives! Come on a musical adventure and help the BBC Concert Orchestra solve the mysteries in their family tree, for ages 6+ and accompanying family members.

Who was the celebrity musician who captivated the court of Marie Antoinette to the infuriation of a struggling Mozart? And why have we never heard of him? What is the most played piece of classical music ever and how many composers have been inspired by it? Who was the mostly self-taught, highly opinionated military man considered the god-father of all 20th century Russian music? And what secret does our conductor Anna-Maria hide?

Related events
Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer at 10.30am–11.15am: Extend the fun with our pre-concert activities for all the family.

Make your own origami leaf and help decorate the Musical Roots tree at an arts and crafts workshop.

Join in with a treasure hunt and take part in a musical quiz.

Meet members of the BBC Concert Orchestra and hear them play extracts from the concert on their instruments.

Please note that although there will be plenty for everyone to do, spaces at some of these activities will be limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.


BBC Concert Orchestra
Anna-Maria Helsing conductor


Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in E, Op.8 No.1 (Spring)
Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (Buenos Aires Spring) from Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas
Jennifer Higdon: Machine
Boulogne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges): Allegro from Symphony in G, Op.11 No.1
Errollyn Wallen: Mighty River
Weiner: Presto from Hungarian Folk Dances Suite, Op.18
Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nova
Shostakovich: Allegro (2nd movement) from Symphony No.10 in E minor
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sea birds from Sheherazade
Mozart: Overture, The Marriage of Figaro
Max Richter: Spring 1 from Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 – £16 adult £5 child
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£10 – £16 adult £5 child


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Age recommendation
For ages 6+