The Education Programme

The Philharmonia’s distinctive education programme sits at the core of the organisation’s activity,
reflecting the Orchestra’s artistic integrity, identity and quality.

The department’s work falls into four distinct strands – Schools and Young People, Communities and Family, Insights and the Emerging Artists programme, reaching tens of thousands of people every year. It is an essential component of each of the Orchestra’s residencies, complementing the core London programme and our Residencies through a diverse range of projects, working with young people and adults from all spectrums of society in a multitude of settings including schools, higher education, community organisations and music education hubs.

The Philharmonia’s Education Department aims to inspire and engage as broad an audience as possible via an imaginative portfolio of participatory and educational projects, adding another dimension to the Orchestra’s work, and playing a central role in the broader life of the Orchestra.

If you would be interested in working with the Philharmonia or keen to find out more about projects in your area, please contact:

What's happening in your region...

The Philharmonia Orchestra has worked on education projects across the UK. On the map, large dots indicate where the Orchestra is resident, and small dots indicate recent project locations.

Choose an area from the below list to tailor this page and see an overview, upcoming events and news posts for that region.

Education Projects Around The UK

Upcoming Public Events

Thursday 1 Jun 2017

Young Artist Showcase Recital

Royal Festival Hall, London, 6:00pm


Wednesday 21 Jun 2017

Music of Today: Composers' Academy

Royal Festival Hall, London, 6:00pm


Wednesday 26 Jul 2017

Three Choirs Festival: Harp Recital

Hanbury Hall, Worcester, 10:30am


Friday 28 Jul 2017

Three Choirs Festival: Oboe Recital

Madresfield Court, Worcester, 11:00am


Friday 20 Oct 2017

Young Artist Showcase Recital

Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 6:15pm



University of Leicester Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

In March this year, the University of Leicester Symphony Orchestra presented a coffee-concert style event at De Montfort Hall in advance of the Philharmonia at the Movies concert later that evening. The repertoire was linked to the film music theme, and included the second movement from Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto no. 2 and a film composition by a student composer. In advance of the concert, five Philharmonia players worked with the orchestra, looking at repertoire, technique and general musicianship and performance skills, and later performed side-by-side with the students in the concert. The concert marked a new development in the Philharmonia’s partnership with University of Leicester, complementing the existing offer the Orchestra provides the student-led Music Association, which includes scholarships, tuition, masterclasses and coaching, providing students a high profile performance opportunity with input from world-class professional musicians.

Stravinsky Woodwind project

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

Inspired by the education project associated with Philharmonia Brass, gifted and talented young woodwind musicians from Hounslow Music Service and Wandsworth Schools’ Music will work closely with Philharmonia woodwind players during September. The young players will receive coaching and rehearsals with our players on chosen repertoire leading up to a pre-concert performance on Sunday 25 September attached to the Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals series. The young musicians will perform side-by-side with Philharmonia woodwind players for several of the pieces in the concert.

The Virtual Orchestra

Thursday 14 Jul 2016

As part of The Virtual Orchestra – the Philharmonia’s digital installation Universe of Sound and new VR experience that will be presented at the Southbank Centre in September – the Education Department will be delivering a number of related activities, including specially curated schools and community workshops and guided tours within the installation, bespoke resources for teachers and community leaders, and input into the Southbank Centre’s digital leaders programme (encouraging young people to be digital ambassadors in their schools).