Southbank SinfoniaMusical Explorers!

Welcome to Southbank Sinfonia’s Musical Explorers, a whole online world of music for you to dive headfirst into and explore more about classical music. By following the links below you can explore the incredible lives of the composers who featured at one of our  Family Concerts at Cadogan Hall, and delve further into the building blocks that underpin all music. Enjoy!

From one of our recent Family Concerts…

What is a concerto?

A concerto is the peak of a professional soloist’s career – a chance to show off a piece that they’ve been practising for months or even years to a big audience. Find out what a concerto is and how the soloists prepare for such a big concert.

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Concerto video

Discover 400 years of the concerto in 150 seconds! Listen in for some juicy musical conversations between orchestra and soloist, and uncover the history of the concerto, Southbank Sinfonia style.

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From last year’s Family Concert…

Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven rewrote the rule book, producing nine incredible symphonies that changed the face of music forever. Dive into the mind of one of the greatest composers to have ever lived.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Composers

The life of a composer

Ever wondered how composers create their music? Step into a day-in-a-life of Beethoven and Hannah Kendall and see how things have changed (or not…) from the 19th century to today.

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French Horns – The Heroes of ‘Eroica’?

The horn is just one of 11 instruments to bring the story of ‘Eroica’ to life. Our players Adam and Nick talk you through this bold brass instrument in our video.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Harmony

‘Eroica’ in full

If you enjoyed hearing glimpses of Beethoven’s Third Symphony at our last Family Concert, why not hear ‘Eroica’ in its full glory?

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Southbank Sinfonia | Bass

Discover more about the ingredients of music…

Composers

Want to find out about some of the greatest, most creative (and sometimes wackiest!) people who have ever lived? Look no further…

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Southbank Sinfonia | Composers

What does a conductor do?

Have you ever wondered what a conductor’s arm waving actually means? This little clip provides the answers…

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What does a conductor do? | Southbank Sinfonia Family Concert

How does an orchestra play unconducted?

When there’s no conductor, how does an orchestra perform together? Here we zoom in on the players and reveal the secret language musicians use to communicate with each other while playing.

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How does an orchestra communicate? | Southbank Sinfonia

Melody

Do you ever find yourself whistling a tune while walking down the street? Find out more about melody, the finishing touch to a musical masterpiece.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Melody

Harmony

Imagine a beautiful house. If melody is the bits you can see from the outside, what’s holding it up? May we introduce you to harmony, the often forgotten but ever so important structure that holds music together.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Harmony

Bass

Bass is the foundations from which music is built on, the sturdy beginnings from which everything else grows.

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Southbank Sinfonia | Bass

Of course, nothing beats hearing an orchestra live! To find out more about upcoming Southbank Sinfonia Family Concerts, click here.