Further Information

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


Wednesday 1 February 2017, 1pm

Wednesday 8 December 2016, 1pm

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 1pm
Friday 24 March 2017, 1pm

Concerts last for an hour, 1-2pm.


Concerts in Basingstoke take place at The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR (www.anvilarts.org.uk)
Concerts in Bedford take place at The Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul's Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL (www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk)  
Concerts in Leicester take place at De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU (www.demontforthall.co.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 2015/16 featured repertoire including Saint-Saens' Danse MacabreBeethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and Elgar's Enigma Variations, as well as Paul Rissmann's audience participation piece Bamboozled!, 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 2016/17 season will appear here in June 2016.


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.