Express Yourself

A new film series for Key Stage 2 and families, exploring emotions in music

Composite of 6 images of the LPO and presenter YolanDa Brown

Music can express a huge range of emotions, and can connect directly with our feelings without using words. For centuries, composers have used the orchestra to explore their innermost feelings or to reflect the world around them.

After a year of heightened emotions, the London Philharmonic Orchestra presents Express Yourself, a series of three short films of contrasting musical moods, to channel feelings both positive and more difficult.

Aimed at children aged 7–11 and presented by award-winning musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown, the series explores music to express feelings of joy, anger, sadness, playfulness and more. Each film comes with free written resources for teachers, offering ways for children to explore the music and emotions further.

All three videos and accompanying resources are now available for free below.

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Express Yourself: Sad & Joyful

In this episode, YolanDa Brown explores sadness through George Walker's heart-rending Lyric for Strings, then we get joyously happy with Mendelssohn's Dance of the Clowns.

Download the free teachers' resources below for ways to delve deeper into the music and emotions presented.

Sad & Joyful: download teachers' resources

Express Yourself: Angry & Calm

In this episode, YolanDa Brown explores anger through Arvo Pärt's intense Passacaglia, then gets calm with Claude Debussy's gorgeous Sarabande.

Download the free teachers' resources below for ways to delve deeper into the music and emotions presented.

Angry & Calm: download teachers' resources

Express Yourself: Serious & Playful

In this episode, YolanDa Brown explores Edward Elgar's serious sighing piece Sosipiri, and Ruth Crawford Seeger's playfully skipping Rissolty Rossolty.

Download the free teachers' resources below for ways to delve deeper into the music and emotions presented.

Serious & Playful: download teachers' resources

Generously supported by The Candide Trust, Gill & Garf Collins, Dunard Fund, Mr & Mrs Philip Kan, Gill and Julian Simmonds