BrightSparks concerts

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 concerts 2018/19

Key Stage 1: Monday 8 October 2018, 10.30am (SOLD OUT) & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall – apply for tickets
A Level seminar:  Mon 12 November 2018, 11.30am, Queen Elizabeth Hall – booking will open in September
GCSE: Thursday 14 February 2019, time TBA
Key Stage 2: Tuesday 7 May 2019, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall – booking will open in Spring term 2019

Key Stage 1: The Highway Rat

Monday 8 October 2018, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

‘Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate éclairs! For I am the Rat of the Highway ... and the Rat Thief never shares!’

Following last year’s screening of The Gruffalo’s Child with live orchestral soundtrack, the London Philharmonic Orchestra presents The Highway Rat – a new animated special from Magic Light Pictures, based on the action-packed picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The film will be projected on the big screen, with René Aubry’s soundtrack performed live by the LPO.

The programme will also include additional complementary music and audience participation songs, led by our concert presenter and singing specialist, Lucy Griffiths.

A free INSET session for teachers who book tickets will take place in September (Mon 17 September at 10.30am and Wed 19 September at 4.30pm), exploring ways to use the themes and music of the concert with your children in preparation for the concert.

Apply for tickets

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BrightSparks is generously supported by Garf & Gill Collins, Mr & Mrs Philip Kan, Julian & Gill Simmonds, the London Marathon LPO team, the Candide Trust, Dunard Fund, the R K Charitable Trust, the Rivers Foundation, the Spears-Stutz Charitable Trust and The Thistle Trust.