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.

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 2018 the CBSO is presenting a Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. What exactly is an orchestra? Why is the piccolo so small? Why are the double basses so big? And what on earth is a xylophone supposed to sound like? Don’t worry: Benjamin Britten has got it covered. With a bit of help from presenter Catherine Arlidge and our Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, this hour-long concert specially devised for Key Stage 2 will show you exactly how it all works.

Concerts take place at Symphony Hall on Friday 29 June 2018, at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets for KS2 concerts are priced at £6 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

Prior to your visit you could have a visit from a CBSO musician to introduce pupils to the orchestra and help prepare them for the concert.
"I just wanted to pass on the extremely positive feedback from our Year 4 class who attended this concert this afternoon; the staff thought it was excellent, well thought-out and really engaging; they thought the way you got the children up and moving between performances was great to keep them energised; loved the way aspects of music were explained; and they report that the children were mesmerised and really enthusiastic."

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