Further Information

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


Wednesday 11 November 2015, 1pm
Wednesday 10 February 2016, 1pm

Monday 8 February 2016, 1pm

Concerts last for an hour, 1-2pm.


Concerts in Leicester take place at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU (www.demontforthall.co.uk)
Concerts in Basingstoke take place at The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR (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 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 2014/15 featured repertoire including Schéhérazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony and Sibelius' Karelia Suite, as well as Paul Rissmann's audience participation piece ECO, and more!

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?

Tickets are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and schools are advised to book as soon as possible as places sell very quickly. Advance booking is essential. Booking details for the 2015/16 season will appear here in September 2015.


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.