Orchestra Unwrapped: Details for Schools

  • BASINGSTOKE: The Anvil, Churchill Way, RG21 7QR

    Wednesday 21 March 2018, 1pm

  • BEDFORD: Bedford Corn Exchange, St.Paul's Square, MK40 1SL

    Tuesday 30 January 2018, 1pm

  • CANTERBURY: The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, CT1 2AS

  • LEICESTER: De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, LE1 7RU

    Wednesday 1 November 2017, 1pm Wednesday 7 February 2018, 1pm


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.

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.

Booking for 2017/18 season will open in June 2017. 


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


Orchestra Unwrapped is a series of live orchestral concerts by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Specially tailored for KS2 children, the Philharmonia performs a varied programme, 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 (training) 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.

A resource pack and audience participation piece practice tracks accompany each concert. These are also available online after the INSET for each concert.

"The whole concert was perfectly judged and the children have come away buzzing from the experience. They loved the bit where they joined in and they found the nuggets of information fascinating."

Michael Dix, Head of Glebelands Primary School, Leicester