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 – sold out
Key Stage 2: Thursday 4 June 2020, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall – cancelled
Key Stage 2: The Firebird – cancelled
Thursday 4 June 2020, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Prince Ivan tiptoes through the creepy garden of evil King Kastchei... It is dark and gloomy, filled with living creatures turned to stone by the King’s wicked spells. But what's that spark of bright flame? Could it be the magical Firebird?
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for our Key Stage 2 BrightSparks concert, to hear extracts from Igor Stravinsky's dazzling masterpiece The Firebird, and find out the full story.
Based on traditional Russian folk themes and characters, The Firebird weaves a tale of good versus evil, and what it means to be free, through some of the most exciting music of the 20th century.
Presented by Rachel Leach and conducted by Michael Seal, the concert also includes a participation song, and active audience engagement throughout the concert.
Free online written and audio resources will be available to all concert bookers.
Due to Covid-19, this concert has been cancelled.
BrightSparks concerts in 2019/20 are generously supported by AT&T, 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.