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The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Education & Community department has created a new music and story film for children aged 5–7 based on ‘Elephants in the Custard’, the charming children’s book by Samuel Langley-Swain and Jemma Banks, published by Owlet Press.
The 23-minute film is presented by animateur Rachel Leach, interspersed with music performed by a
brass quintet from the LPO, and includes a brand-new song to sing along with and lots of other fun
ways to join in.
Elephants in the Custard will be available free of charge on YouTube, and comes with written and
video resources for Key Stage 1 teachers, as well as ways to help you learn the audience
participation song in advance.
What’s the story about?
Using a play on the ‘elephant in the room’ metaphor, the story explores how it feels to have a worry,
and the importance of making time to talk to each other. The storyline also gives a good starting
point for teachers and families to start talking to children about wellbeing, anxiety and mental
The LPO is hosting a special YouTube ‘watch party’ for schools on Thursday 29 April at 2pm but
don’t worry if you can’t join the party! Elephants in the Custard will remain available online for free,