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 2020/21
Due to guidance on social distancing, we will not be holding our usual BrightSparks concerts in the Autumn and Spring terms. Instead, we will be creating brand new filmed performances and resources, designed especially for primary and secondary school audiences. We look forward to sharing more information about this in due course.
In the meantime, we have various online resources that are free to use:
The resources on Creative Classrooms Connect include a range of creative projects inspired by the Orchestra's music as well as broader topics such as the science of sound, singing and musical notation.
We host a range of composition resources for teenage musicians on The Studio, taking inspiration from dance, film and the stage. Resources include insight videos and a range of creative material to inspire composition.
The Teacher Area of The Studio brings together the most directly syllabus-related resources from across The Studio, alongside bespoke curriculum-based material, to support music teaching at Key Stages 3 to 5. Material covers repertoire from the GCSE and A Level syllabuses, wider background to the use of music in film, dance and theatre, creative ideas to support composition in the classroom and insights into composing as a profession, from leading artists currently working in the field.
We will perform live concerts in front of audiences as soon as it is safe and possible to do so, and we very much look forward to welcoming you back when that day comes.
BrightSparks events in 2020/21 are generously supported by AT&T, the Candide Trust, Gill & Garf Collins, Dunard Fund, Mr & Mrs Philip Kan, The R K Charitable Trust, the Rivers Foundation, Gill and Julian Simmonds
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.