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!
You can support our schools' concerts through donating to our appeal Tickets Please!lpo.org.uk/ticketsplease
A donation of just £9 will allow a child from a south London school to attend for free. To find out more and select the seat you wish to donate click here.
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. We are delighted to have launched our first A Level concert last season, with detailed analysis of two Edexcel syllabus set works.
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.
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 2014/15
Our 2014/15 BrightSparks dates are now listed below. Public booking will open for the A level concert on Monday 1st September, and for GCSE and KS3 on Monday 15th September. Please go to our Bookings page for more information.
A Level: Wednesday 26th November 2014, 11.30am - 1.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - book here.
GCSE: Monday 23rd February 2015, 10.30am - 1.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
KS3: Wednesday 18th March 2015, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
KS2: Tuesday 5th May 2015, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
KS1: Monday 1st June 2015, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall*
*Please note that the KS1 concert will take place in the Summer Term, not the Autumn Term as in previous years.
Find out more about the impact of our BrightSparks concerts with our latest video for our Tickets Please! campaign.
BrightSparks is generously supported by Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts, The Candide Trust, Rivers Foundation, Garf & Gill Collins, and others who wish to remain anonymous. BrightSparks concerts are produced in collaboration with Lambeth Music Service, on behalf of the South Riverside Music Partnership.