KS2 Concerts

The CBSO provides annual concerts at Symphony Hall for KS2 pupils. These concerts feature the whole of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, an amazing spectacle itself, but in the awe-inspiring surroundings of Symphony Hall these concerts are sure to have a lasting impact on pupils (and teachers!) attending.

Part of CBSO Our Shakespeare

The aim of each of these concerts is to provide pupils with a snapshot of the diversity of an orchestra's repertoire and soundworlds, from classical music to film soundtracks; slow meditative works to high-energy, percussion-focused pieces - these concerts have it all.

In 2016 the CBSO is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the world's greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, and music inspired by Shakespeare forms the theme of our Key Stage 2 concerts.

Presenter Alasdair Malloy will lead the audience through this hour-long musical celebration of the Bard, with music by Mendelssohn, Britten, Prokofiev and William Walton we'll be going into battle with Henry V, laughing at the misfortunes of Bottom, and feeling the romance between Romeo and Juliet.

A resource pack will be available to accompany this concert, providing staff with ideas for activities inspired by the music in the concert, as well as further listening suggestions.

Concerts take place at Symphony Hall on Thursday 9 June 2016, at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets for KS2 concerts are priced at £5 per person, with 2 free tickets for organisers of groups of 20+. There is a £3 transaction fee per booking. To book tickets for our forthcoming KS2 concerts in June please contact the Symphony Hall Box Office Group Bookings team on 0800 358 7070. Find out more about the concert here.

Why not have a CBSO player visit your school before the concert and find out more about their role in the orchestra? Visits can take place within the month prior to the KS2 concert, and cost from £100 (varies depending on geographic location of school).


In 2017 the CBSO is exploring British Music Through the Ages. Britain has created its own music for centuries and it's as colourful, lively and inclusive as the country that shaped it. This hour-long schools' concert is aimed at Key Stage Two. Presenter and violin player, Catherine Arlidge together with the CBSO take a journey through four centuries of British music, from Handel and Holst to Bollywood and the Big Screen.

This concert will take place at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 7 June 2017, at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 per person. Group booking for the 2016-17 season opens on 31 May 2016. To book tickets please contact the Symphony Hall Group Bookings team on 0800 358 7070.


For more information about these concerts or the resources please contact education@cbso.co.uk.