Further Information

Information for schools on the Philharmonia Orchestra's Orchestra Unwrapped concerts.


Wednesday 16 October 2013
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Wednesday 11 June 2014
Please note that the repertoire in each concert will be the same.

Monday 20 January 2014

Concerts last for an hour, 1-2pm.


Concerts in Leicester take place at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU (http://www.demontforthall.co.uk)
Concerts in Basingstoke take place at The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR (http://www.anvilarts.org.uk/)  


Orchestra Unwrapped is open to any KS2 pupils. The concerts have been devised especially for the 7-11 age group.


Orchestra Unwrapped is a series of live orchestral concerts by the Philharmonia Orchestra which began in Leicester in 2011. Specially tailored for KS2 children, the concerts present a varied programme which is presented by music education specialist Paul Rissmann. The concerts are designed to introduce the orchestra, its instruments and repertoire in a dynamic, fun and accessible way.

Teacher INSET sessions precede each concert, offering an opportunity for staff to work directly with Paul. Teachers will receive guidance on how to maximise the concert experience by learning exercises that will help them prepare their classes for the concert visit, and follow it up in school. INSET sessions are suitable for music specialists and teachers who have no prior musical background.

Concerts in 2013/14 will feature repertoire including Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, and John Williams’ theme from Star Wars. The audience participation piece will be ‘Supersonic’ by Paul Rissmann.

A resource pack and audience participation practice CD accompanies each concert. These will be available online after the INSET for each concert.

How do I book?

Download a LEICESTER booking form
Download a BASINGSTOKE booking form

Please print the form, fill it in and return to: Education Department, Philharmonia Orchestra, 6th Floor, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London, SE1 7NX or by fax / e-mail to 020 7921 3950 / orchestra.unwrapped@philharmonia.co.uk

Tickets are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so please return the form as soon as possible. Advance booking is essential.

Successful bookings will be confirmed in writing.


The cost of participating in Orchestra Unwrapped is £60 (+VAT) per class (approximately 30 children, plus accompanying adults), which includes concert tickets, a place at a teacher INSET session, and the project resource pack and CDs.


If you require further assistance, please contact the Philharmonia Education Department on 020 7921 3904 / orchestra.unwrapped@philharmonia.co.uk.