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.
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. Booking is still open for our KS3 concert. Please go to our Bookings page to apply for tickets. Public booking for our KS2 and KS1 concerts will open on Monday 19th January.
A Level: Wednesday 26th November 2014, 11.30am - 1.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
GCSE: Monday 23rd February 2015, 10.30am - c.11.45am, 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 This concert is now fully booked
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, Mrs Philip Kan, Julian and Gill Simmonds, 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.