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Philharmonia Session: Orchestra Unwrapped

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Stephanie Childress – conductor
Lucy Drever – presenter
Angie Newman – British Sign Language Interpreter


Smyth Serenade in D II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Allegro molto

Mary Kouyoumdjian Tagh [Diary] of an Immigrant

House of Absolute Heart, Power, Magic

Farrenc Overture No. 1

Kirsten Anderson Lopez & Robert Lopez 'Let it Go' from Frozen

Celebrate inspirational and pioneering women, and introduce your students to the wonderful world of the orchestra, with our fun free concert for schools.

Discover a dramatic overture by Louise Farrenc, one of the leading French composers, pianists and educators of the 19th century; a cheery scherzo by Dame Ethel Smyth, a prominent campaigner for women’s suffrage; and Mary Kouyoumdjian’s “imagined journal entry by a hope-filled someone” inspired by her Armenian heritage. Sing along with Disney favorite Let it Go, and join in with a new piece for body percussion devised by House of Absolute, the Philharmonia’s new Artists in Residence.

Orchestra Unwrapped is supported by The Harpur Trust.
Additional support given by the Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust.
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Free to watch

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Who is it for?

Orchestra Unwrapped is designed for children in Key Stage 2, SEND pupils and home educated children. Materials and activities can be tailored as appropriate.


Accompanying pre and post activities will be available on the Philharmonia’s resource page from Monday 22 February 2021. We highly recommend working through these resources and preparing students so they can immerse themselves in the full Orchestra Unwrapped experience.

Running time

The concert lasts around 50 minutes.

Is this a live performance?

No, this is a deferred broadcast/stream. It is performed and filmed shortly ahead of the broadcast date and time

Was it produced safely?

Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice


Where to watch

It will premiere on the Philharmonia’s YouTube channel at 1pm on Friday 23 April. The full concert will remain available on YouTube for a few months after the premiere. It will be tagged as suitable for children, so that it appears on YouTube Kids, and students can watch it whether they are in school or at home (as long as they have internet access).

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