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 2017/18

Key Stage 1: Wednesday 18 October 2017, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - SOLD OUT
A Level seminar: January 2018, date to be announced
GCSE: Monday 5 March 2018, 11.30am - c.12.45pm, Royal Festival Hall - booking will open later in the Autumn

Key Stage 2: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - booking will open in the Spring term

Key Stage 1

Wednesday 18 October, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall - SOLD OUT
Teacher INSET: Monday 18 September 2017, 10.30am & 4.30pm

The Gruffalo's Child

"The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should
Ever set foot in the deep dark wood."

But one night the Gruffalo's Child ignores her father and decides to see for herself whether the Big Bad Mouse really exists.

Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for our Key Stage 1 concert featuring a screening of the 2011 animated film version of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler's much-loved sequel to The Gruffalo, with live orchestra.  We will explore the instruments and sounds of the orchestra, and there will be plenty of audience participation singing of specially-arranged songs.

A free INSET session for teachers, led by concert presenter Polly Ives, will take place on Monday 18 September, focusing on the audience participation songs and singing in the classroom.

This concert has sold out

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