Creative Classrooms Connect
Welcome to Creative Classrooms Connect, a space for Key Stage 2 teachers to access, share and respond to music-making resources created by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, primary teachers and other experts in music education. We regularly upload ideas for classroom music activities, with which we invite teachers to interact.
This resource is designed to help you and your class use Gustav Holst’s The Planets suite in the classroom. We have found that by working in a creative, hands-on way children can begin to understand and enjoy the repertoire the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs and this in turn can enliven your music lessons. We’ve outlined the background to the piece and how to listen it. We've also included a creative project that shows you how to create your own version of the most famous section – Mars.
In this project by composer and educator Kay Charlton, we offer a step by step guide to creating a song as a class. Songs and singing are especially important to us at the London Philharmonic Orchestra, because we spend the summer months playing at Glyndebourne Opera, the famous opera festival in East Sussex.
While the opera singers sing and act on the stage, the Orchestra sits underneath, in what's called "the pit", and play the music, listening to the beautiful singing while we play.
'Zog, the biggest dragon, was the keenest one by far.
He tried his hardest every day to win a golden star.'
We look forward to welcoming children and their teachers to this year's Key Stage 1 BrightSparks concerts on Wednesday 30 October 2019. Below you will find everything you need to prepare for the concert, including a resource pack outlining the music you'll hear, with classroom activities to try, song words and sheet music and a link to some learning audio for both of our audience participation songs.
This article includes resources to prepare children for, or work with them in response to the LPO's Key Stage 2 BrightSparks concert that took place on Tuesday 7 May 2019. Even if you did not attend the concert, you can still use the PDF Teachers' Pack to deliver creative composition projects in class, based on Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and ‘Dawn’ from Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes.