School children get up close to instruments

Orchestra Unwrapped

Orchestra Unwrapped is a specially devised concert for schoolchildren aged 7 - 11. The programme offers thousands of children the opportunity to experience live music in an engaging and exciting way, both listening and performing.

“Excellent choice of repertoire and brilliantly presented”
St Mary’s Bentworth Primary

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras and this is always one of the most rewarding concerts of the year.
“The inset training was a really useful exercise and enabled me to teach music more effectively to my class”
Teacher, Ropley Primary School
  • Live education concerts featuring a full symphony orchestra introduced by education specialist Paul Rissmann, who guides the children on a fun and interactive journey through the orchestra's instruments, players and music
  • Learning resources for children and teachers, for use in both the classroom and at home
  • INSET teacher training, equipping teachers with the skills to maximise the concert experience for their pupils, enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of music, as well as developing personal creativity, expression, confidence and group work skills
  • ​The concerts are interactive and participatory; the INSET training delivers a substantial audience participation segment to be taught by teachers in-school prior to the concert. The audience participation piece typically includes singing, body percussion and rap. It is designed to be learned and taught by non-music specialists
  • 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

The Philharmonia Orchestra is Anvil Arts Orchestra in Partnership

Watch the Philharmonia in Basingstoke: the story of a partnership

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