The London Philharmonic Orchestra's BrightSparks concerts are concerts aimed at Key Stages 1–5, offering the opportunity for school students to experience an orchestral concert – live!
Each year we provide 16,000 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.
Guest presenters and conductors have included Michael Morpurgo, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Nicholas Collon, with on-stage performances from In Harmony Lambeth, the Bridge Project, and young musicians from London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Bromley Youth Music Trust and schools across south London.
'A valuable music experience that builds on knowledge that we try to impart in our music curriculum.'St William of York RC Primary School, Lewisham
'The pupils, many who have never been to a concert before, were inspired by the event. The information about the set works with the screen was excellent, informative and clear. To me, that is what it is all about, sheer enjoyment and learning from the experience.'Kingsdale Foundation Secondary School, Southwark
BrightSparks concerts 2016/17
Our 2016/17 BrightSparks dates are listed below. For more detailed information about each concert, click on the Bookings link on the menu on the left.
GCSE: Wednesday 23 November 2016, 11.30am - c.12.45pm, Royal Festival Hall - Booking opens on 7 September
Key Stage 1: Monday 6 February 2017, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Key Stage 2: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
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BrightSparks is generously supported by Dunard Fund, Garf & Gill Collins, Mrs Philip Kan, Julian and Gill Simmonds, the R K Charitable Trust and the Rivers Foundation.