Arts Award

The CBSO’s extensive Learning & Participation programme, and associated concerts, provides children and young people with a range of opportunities to perform, experience and create live music, both in and out of the school environment. 

As and Arts Award Supporter and Arts Award Centre, the CSBO’s activities can contribute to a young person’s achievement of an Arts Award. In addition, many of our schools projects will enable participants to achieve their Discover or Explore Award through their involvement with the activities being offered. 

The CBSO is able to offer Arts Award at Discover or Explore level free of charge for school groups who are involved in our longer term projects, or who undertake multiple engagements with the CBSO each year - for example attending a schools concert, participating in a one off creative workshop, undertaking independent research into the CBSO and our activities, and utilising the CBSO’s specially designed log book to record and share individual achievements.

Further information about how the CBSO is able to support specific elements of the Arts Awards at Discover, Explore and Bronze level can be found below. If you are interested in how the CBSO can support Arts Award Silver and Gold please contacted us directly for a conversation. 

If you would like to find out more about the CBSO offer, or would like to get involved with an Arts Award through the CBSO please contact our Learning & Participation department on education@cbso.co.uk or call 0121 6166500. 

For more information about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award official website

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Arts Award: Discover 

The CBSO offer is most appropriate for KS1 and KS2 aged children, and for children and young people with SEND of any age up to 25. 


ARTS AWARD: DISCOVER

Part A: Discover

School Groups Individuals
Attend a KS1, KS2 or Relaxed Concert at Symphony Hall (KS2) or the CBSO Centre (KS1 and Relaxed) and experience the CBSO live. Attend a Family Concert, participate in craft activities before the performance, and experience the full CBSO at Symphony Hall in a concert with a presenter who will introduce the music in a fun and engaging way.
Why not buy in one of our creative workshops, providing pupils with opportunities to develop their creative skills while learning about, and performing, music. Alternatively you could host a small ensemble performance in your school giving all pupils the opportunity to experience live music from CBSO musicians. Why not consider joining the CBSO Children’s Chorus to really learn about different types of music, and perform with the CBSO at Symphony Hall
ARTS AWARD: DISCOVER

Part B: Find out more

School Groups Individuals
Host a ‘Meet the CBSO’ workshop, which will introduce pupils to the work of the CBSO through presentation, film, performance and Q&A activities all led by one of our musicians. Attend a Family Concert, participate in craft activities before the performance, and experience the full CBSO at Symphony Hall in a concert with a presenter who will introduce the music in a fun and engaging way.
Why not buy in one of creative workshops that will introduce pupils to a specific composer and their work. We currently have three one off projects that fulfil this section: Shakespeare in Action (the music of Mendelssohn or Tchaikovsky); The Firebird (the music of Stravinsky); Scheherazade (the music of Rimsky-Korsakov)
ARTS AWARD: DISCOVER

Part C: Share

School Groups Individuals
Many of the CBSO’s schools projects conclude with a final performance or sharing, and this can provide opportunities for pupils to share their learning and enjoyment of activities. Alternatively this could be done via a school assembly or other event attended by a member of the CBSO.
SCHOOLS: Many of the CBSO’s longer term projects in schools will enable and support the achievement of an Arts Award Discover. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in these activities please contact education@cbso.co.uk

Arts Award: Explore 

The CSBO offer is most appropriate for KS2 and KS3 aged children, and for children and young people with SEND of any age up to 25


ARTS AWARD: EXPLORE

Part A: Inspire

School Groups Individuals
Attend a KS2, KS3 or Relaxed Concert at Symphony Hall (KS2 and KS3) or at the CBSO Centre (Relaxed) and experience the CBSO live. Attend a Family Concert, participate in craft activities before the performance, and experience the full CBSO at Symphony Hall in a concert with a presenter who will introduce the music in a fun and engaging way.
Why not buy in one of our creative workshops, providing pupils with opportunities to develop their creative skills writing and performing original compositions. Alternatively you could host a small ensemble performance in your school giving all pupils the opportunity to experience live music from CBSO musicians. Why not consider joining the CBSO Children’s Chorus, Youth Chorus or Project Remix Training Orchestra to really learn about different types of music, and perform with the CBSO at Symphony Hall
ARTS AWARD: EXPLORE

Part B: Explore

School Groups Individuals
Host a ‘Meet the CBSO’ workshop, which will introduce pupils to the work of the CBSO through presentation, film, performance and Q&A activities all led by one of our musicians. Attend a Family Concert, participate in craft activities before the performance, and experience the full CBSO at Symphony Hall in a concert with a presenter who will introduce the music in a fun and engaging way. (KS2 aged children)
Why not buy in one of creative workshops that will introduce pupils to a specific composer and their work. We currently have three one off projects that fulfil this section: Shakespeare in Action (the music of Mendelssohn or Tchaikovsky); The Firebird (the music of Stravinsky); Scheherazade (the music of Rimsky-Korsakov) Why not attend one of the CBSO’s main evening or matinee concerts, and experience live the work of the world’s greatest composers with one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Pre-concert talks and programme notes provide a great starting point for finding out about a specific artist and the CBSO.
Attend a KS3 Concert and make use of the additional resources provided to focus on the work of one composer.
Why not attend one of the CBSO’s main evening or matinee concerts, and if you are bringing a school group let us know and we’ll arrange for a CBSO musician to meet pupils and talk about the concert before they experience the performance.
ARTS AWARD: EXPLORE

Part C: Create

School Groups Individuals
All of the CBSO’s schools’ projects (except ‘Meet the CBSO’) focus on creative music making and performance so why not consider buying in a project, or becoming a partner school on one of our longer term activities. Why not consider joining the CBSO Children’s Chorus, Youth Chorus or Project Remix Training Orchestra to really learn about different types of music, and perform with the CBSO at Symphony Hall
ARTS AWARD: EXPLORE

Part D: Present

School Groups Individuals
We are currently developing a tool to help pupils record their achievements and enjoyment of activities associated with their Arts Award - these will be made available to any schools completing an Arts Award through CBSO activities.
Many of the CBSO’s schools projects conclude with a final performance or sharing, and this can provide opportunities for pupils to share their learning and enjoyment of activities. Alternatively this could be done via a school assembly or other event attended by a member of the CBSO.
SCHOOLS: Many of the CBSO’s longer term projects in schools will enable and support the achievement of an Arts Award Discover. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in these activities please contact education@cbso.co.uk

Arts Award Bronze

The CSBO offer is most appropriate for KS2 and KS3 aged children, and for children and young people with SEND of any age up to 25.


ARTS AWARD: BRONZE

Part A: Explore the arts as a participant

School Groups Individuals
Secondary schools can become a partner school on one of our longer term projects, this will provide pupils with composition activities, instrumental and vocal coaching, rehearsal skills and performance opportunities. Why not consider joining the CBSO Children’s Chorus, Youth Chorus, Project Remix Training Orchestra, CBSO Youth Orchestra or attend a play along day to really learn about different types of music, and perform with the CBSO at Symphony Hall or the CBSO Centre.
The CBSO has a range of activities and offers for secondary schools, including instrumental coaching, side by side activities and creative projects.
ARTS AWARD: BRONZE

Part B: Explore the arts as an audience member

School Groups Individuals
Why not attend one of the CBSO’s main evening, matinee or chamber concerts, and if you are bringing a school group let us know and we’ll arrange for a CBSO musician to meet pupils and talk about the concert before they experience the performance. Why not attend one of the CBSO’s main evening, matinee or chamber concerts, and experience live the work of the world’s greatest composers with one of the world’s greatest orchestras. Pre-concert talks and programme notes provide a great starting point for finding out about a specific artist and the CBSO.
Attend a KS3 Concert at Symphony Hall with the full CSBO or a Relaxed Concert at the CBSO Centre with a CBSO mini-orchestra
Host a small ensemble performance in your school giving all pupils the opportunity to experience live music from CBSO musicians.
ARTS AWARD: BRONZE

Part C: Arts Inspiration

School Groups Individuals
Host a ‘Meet the CBSO’ workshop, which will introduce pupils to the work of the CBSO through presentation, film, performance and Q&A activities all led by one of our musicians. Pre-concert talks and programme notes for our main season evening and matinee concerts provide a great starting point for finding out about a specific artist and the CBSO.
Pre-concert talks and programme notes for our main season evening and matinee concerts provide a great starting point for finding out about a specific artist and the CBSO.
ARTS AWARD: BRONZE

Part D: Arts skills share

School Groups Individuals
The CBSO is able to provide an opportunity for pupils participating in our longer term projects to discuss their plans for their arts skills share with one of our specially trained Arts Award Advisors.
SCHOOLS: Many of the CBSO’s longer term projects in schools will enable and support the achievement of an Arts Award Discover. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in these activities please contact education@cbso.co.uk