We may be all stuck on lockdown, but that doesn't mean we can't go on an adventure together.
Southbank Sinfonia's musicians will be our guides for our first-ever Virtual Family Concert (in place of our cancelled Family Concert at Southbank Centre), where we hop around the globe exploring the influence of folk music on the classical music we love today.
In a specially-created video running just under 10 minutes, our players will present and perform the music of their native countries, bringing the story of folk music straight to your screens via YouTube.
Ideal for children aged 5–11 years, but parents and grandparents can have just as much fun too. Perfect for those seeking homeschooling inspiration.
This online event is free to view, but if you'd like to support Southbank Sinfonia, please do check out our Music Director's Appeal. Together we can still make Southbank Sinfonia 2020 an inspiring and beneficial year for all.
Want to hear more folk music?
Composers are inspired by folk music from all around the world, and include them in their music for big orchestras. But it doesn’t stop there – composers are also inspired by nature, famous battles, or epic adventures on the high seas. Check out some more folk inspired music from around the world:
Hamish MacCunn The Land of the Mountain and the Flood
Kathryn Tickell & Corrina Hewatt ‘The Sky didn’t Fall’ (Scottish Jig)
Béla Bartók Romanian Dances
Old-Fashion Dance Bătrânească on the caval (A sheperd’s pipe)
Witold Lutosławski Polish Dances No.8 Maryszunka
Grażyna Bacewicz 2 Oberki for Violin and Piano
Traditional Oberek łowicki (dance)
Tan Dun Zheng Concerto
The Left Hand Refers to the Moon performed on a Guzheng
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 'Russian Dance (Trepak)' from The Nutcracker
Traditional Trepak performed by The Russian Folk Ensemble
Jessie Montgomery Strum
Aaron Copland Appalachian Spring