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!
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A donation of just £9 will allow a child from one of south London's most disadvantaged schools 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.
Teachers' resource packs are also compiled to accompany each BrightSparks concert from Key Stages 1–3. For GCSE the script of the concert is published online, and our first A Level concert was filmed for online viewing and revision purposes.
'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 2013/14
Wednesday 13 November 2013: KS1. 10.15am and 11.45am [FULLY BOOKED], Royal Festival Hall
Monday 25 November 2013: A Level. 11.30am, Queen Elizabeth Hall
Monday 27 January 2014: GCSE. 10.30am, Royal Festival Hall [FULLY BOOKED]
Wednesday 5 March 2014: KS3. 10.15am and 12.15pm, Royal Festival Hall
Monday 19 May 2014: KS2. 10.15am and 12.15pm, Royal Festival Hall
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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, and Garf & Gill Collins. BrightSparks concerts are produced in collaboration with Lambeth Music Service, on behalf of the South Riverside Music Partnership.