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
Key Stage 2: Thursday 4 June 2020, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
Key Stage 1: Zog
Wednesday 30 October 2019, 10.30am & 12.30pm, Royal Festival Hall
‘Zog, the biggest dragon, was the keenest one by far.
He tried his hardest every day to win a golden star.’
Following our popular screenings of The Gruffalo’s Child and The Highway Rat for Key Stage 1 audiences, the London Philharmonic Orchestra presents Zog – the 2018 Magic Light Pictures animated film based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s witty and magical book. Follow the adventures of the eager but accident-prone young dragon on the big screen as the Orchestra performs René Aubry’s score live on stage. The concert will also feature complementary repertoire and a chance for the audience to join in with their best singing voices, led by presenter Polly Ives.
A free INSET session for teachers who book tickets will take place at Southbank Centre on Wednesday 18 September (10.30am or 4.30pm slots available), exploring ways to use the themes and music of the concert with your children in preparation for their visit to Royal Festival Hall. Written resources will also be shared with all schools who book tickets to the concert.
Tickets are £3 per student, with accompanying teachers free of charge.
BrightSparks concerts in 2019/20 are generously supported by the Candide Trust, Dunard Fund, Mr & Mrs Philip Kan, Gill and Julian Simmonds 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.