The London Philharmonic Orchestra's BrightSparks concerts are aimed at Key Stages 1–5, offering the opportunity for school students to experience an orchestral concert – live!
Each year we provide 10,000 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. Concerts include free INSET sessions and resources for teachers, which cover ways to explore the repertoire with their students, both analytically and as a starting point for creative composition.
BrightSparks concert dates 2019/20
Key Stage 1: Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall – sold out
GCSE: Tuesday 11 February 2020, 11.30am-c.12.45pm, Royal Festival Hall – booking open, apply for tickets
Key Stage 2: Thursday 4 June 2020, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall – not yet on sale
GCSE: Bach to the Future
Tuesday 11 February 2020, 11.30am, Royal Festival Hall
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for this season's GCSE BrightSparks concert, featuring a programme contrasting masterpieces of the Baroque era with 20th century innovation, and solo showcases with full orchestral might. Discover the versatility of orchestral sounds and colours, and learn about the historical context and changing perception of what it means to be a composer.
The concert includes extracts from Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (Edexcel wider listening, OCR recommended listening) and J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 (Edexcel set work, with analysis relevant to other exam boards).
We then fast forward to the 20th century and explore three different genres of music by American composers: music for dance through ‘Hoedown’ and ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ from Rodeo by Aaron Copland (AQA study piece), music for film through Star Wars by John Williams (Edexcel, OCR) and an interactive exploration of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music (AQA minimalism).
Presented by Rachel Leach and conducted by Michael Seal, the concert includes detailed musical analysis and an illustrative presentation projected on screen.
Tickets are £3 per student with accompanying adults free of charge, and schools who book receive free teacher resources in the form of a written pack and video materials supporting composition work.
BrightSparks concerts in 2019/20 are generously supported by the Candide Trust, Dunard Fund, Mr & Mrs Philip Kan, Gill and Julian Simmonds, The R K Charitable Trust and the Rivers Foundation
School discounts for Royal Festival Hall evening concerts
Our London season of evening concerts often features a number of programmes that include music directly relevant to GCSE and A Level Music syllabuses, making them perfect for introducing students to live classical music.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is a registered Arts Award supporter. This means that young people working towards an Arts Award can use the opportunities we offer in their portfolio. Click here to find out more.