BrightSparks concerts

The London Philharmonic Orchestra's BrightSparks concerts are concerts aimed at Key Stages 1–5, offering the opportunity for school students to experience an orchestral concert – live!


Each year we provide 16,000 students with this opportunity, with the programming and presentation of the concerts designed in line with National Curriculum objectives.

For a large proportion of pupils these events are the first time they will have visited a concert hall to hear a live orchestra, giving them an intense and inspiring experience.

On stage

Guest presenters and conductors have included Michael Morpurgo, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Nicholas Collon, with on-stage performances from In Harmony Lambeth, the Bridge Project, and young musicians from London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Bromley Youth Music Trust and schools across south London.

'A valuable music experience that builds on knowledge that we try to impart in our music curriculum.'

St William of York RC Primary School, Lewisham

'The pupils, many who have never been to a concert before were inspired by the event. The information about the set works with the screen was excellent, informative and clear. To me, that is what it is all about, sheer enjoyment and learning from the experience.'

Kingsdale Foundation Secondary School, Southwark

BrightSparks concerts 2015/16

Our 2015/16 BrightSparks dates are listed below.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive information about all concerts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and include your school information.

GCSE: Tuesday 3 November 2015, 11.30am - c.12.45pm, Royal Festival Hall - Booking now closed
KS1: Monday 29 February 2016, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - Booking now closed
A-level: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 2.30pm, Sydenham School, London SE26 - Book here
KS2: Monday 23 May 2016, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - Book here

BrightSparks is generously supported by Dunard Fund, Garf & Gill Collins, Mrs Philip Kan, Julian and Gill Simmonds, and the Rivers Foundation. BrightSparks concerts are produced in collaboration with Lambeth Music Service, on behalf of the South Riverside Music Partnership.