Orchestra Unwrapped

Orchestra Unwrapped is a concert series for schoolchildren aged 7-11 in Leicester and Basingstoke, expanding to Bedford in 2016/17. The programme offers thousands of children the opportunity to experience live music in an engaging and exciting way, accompanied by the educational resources to fully understand it.

Philharmonia Education: Orchestra Unwrapped

Orchestra Unwrapped is a major education initiative led by the Philharmonia Orchestra for Leicester and Basingstoke schoolchildren, expanding to Bedford in 2016/17. Thousands of children aged 7-11 are given the opportunity to hear a symphony orchestra and learn more about classical music in an engaging, entertaining and age-appropriate performance.

Key features:

  • Live education concerts featuring a full symphony orchestra introduced by education specialist Paul Rissmann, who guides the children on a fun and interactive journey through the Orchestra's instruments, players and music.
  • Learning resources for children and teachers, for use in both the classroom and at home.
  • INSET teacher training, equipping teachers with the skills to maximise the concert experience for their pupils, enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as developing personal creativity, expression, confidence and group work skills.
  • The concerts are interactive and participatory; the INSET training delivers a substantial audience participation segment to be taught by teachers in-school prior to the concert. The  audience participation piece typically includes singing, body percussion and rap. It is designed to be learned and taught by non-music specialists.
  • Suitable for all children; as well as mainstream schools, Orchestra Unwrapped concerts are regularly attended by special schools, home educated children, pupil referral units, and looked after children. Materials and activities can be tailored as appropriate.

Concerts 2016/17

The Anvil, Basingstoke
Wednesday 1 February 2017, 1pm

Booking is now open for BasingstokeFollow this link to the booking page

Bedford Corn Exchange
Wednesday 7 December 2016, 1pm

Booking is now open for BedfordFollow this link to the booking page

De Montfort Hall, Leicester
Wednesday 30 November 2016, 1pm
Friday 24 March 2017, 1pm

Tickets are now sold out for Leicester. Follow this link to be placed on the waiting list. 

Current Supporters

Orchestra Unwrapped is dependent upon donations from our audience members and supporters, trusts, foundations, and business. Find out how you can support the project here.

Orchestra Unwrapped is generously supported by:

We are also grateful to the following for their support of the project:

  • Alan Choice Ltd
  • The Helen Jean Cope Charity
  • Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association 
  • Edith Murphy Foundation
  • Pick Everard

and a circle of individual donors.