Schools Concerts

Orchestra Unwrapped is our long-running programme of schools’ concerts.

Philharmonia Orchestra Unwrapped c. Belinda Lawley

Orchestra Unwrapped is our schools’ concert series for Key Stage 2 pupils, presented in London, Leicester and Bedford. The programme offers thousands of children from many different backgrounds the opportunity to hear a live orchestra. The concert is accompanied by learning resources to explore music in the classroom.

Orchestra Unwrapped was really awesome. I thought the music was relaxing for a moment… then it made you want to dance.”

Herrick Primary School pupil, Leicester


About the project

Watch our 2023 film about Orchestra Unwrapped

Key features

An exciting programme of music based on a theme, presented by a music education specialist and played by the Philharmonia, one of the world’s great orchestras.

INSET teacher training, equipping teachers with the skills to maximise the concert experience for their pupils. Classroom exercises introduce the concert repertoire, as well as developing personal creativity, expression, confidence and group work skills.

An opportunity for children to take part in an interactive audience participation piece with the Philharmonia live in concert.

Accompaying in-school creative workshops designed to prepare children for the concert visit, bringing to life the players, instruments and programme.

Art projects linked to the repertoire, giving pupils the chance to have their work displayed during the concert.

Suitable for all children; as well as mainstream schools, Orchestra Unwrapped concerts are regularly attended by special schools, hospital schools and home educated children. Materials and activities can be tailored as required.

Partnerships with music hubs: enable young instrumentalists to perform side-by-side within the Orchestra during the audience participation piece. Young musicians receive coaching from Philharmonia players in advance.

Click here to access our Orchestra Unwrapped resources

Orchestra Unwrapped 2024/25

The concert theme for 2024/25 will be announced soon.

The concert will be devised especially for Key Stage 2 pupils and is suitable for all children. As well as mainstream schools, Orchestra Unwrapped concerts are regularly attended by SEND schools and home-educated children. Materials and activities can be tailored as appropriate.

Need to know

Our 2024/25 Orchestra Unwrapped concert bookings will open soon. 

Cost: the cost of participating in Orchestra Unwrapped is £4 per student, plus 1 free teacher ticket per 10 students. Additional staff tickets are priced at £4 per teacher. If you are a SEND provision, please make this clear in your booking so we can accommodate any additional needs and support staff required.

How to book: details on how to book for Orchestra Unwrapped 2024/25 will be announced soon.

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