Orchestra Unwrapped: Details for Schools


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 2018/19 concerts is now open, and you can book here.


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.


CONCERTS 2018/19

  • Friday 16 November 2018, 1pm - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • Thursday 29 November 2018, 1pm - Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Wednesday 5 December 2018, 1pm - De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • Wednesday 23 January 2019, 1pm - The Anvil, Basingstoke
  • Monday 29 April 2019, 1pm - Bedford Corn Exchange

To find out more, including how and when to book, visit the details for schools page.

"The audience participation piece was perfectly pitched at children's level - Challenging but not too hard. Orchestra were fantastic and provided children with an experience they wouldn't access otherwise."

Teacher, Queens Park Academy, Bedford


If you require further assistance, please contact the Philharmonia Education Department:
[email protected] | (+44) 020 7921 3904