Current informations for concertgoers

Zur Eindämmung der Corona-Pandemie gibt es einige Änderungen in den gewohnten Abläufen. Bitte machen Sie sich vor einem Konzertbesuch damit vertraut. ➔ zur Seite Konzertbesuch

Concert Pals

Are you looking for someone to go to the concert with you?

Some of our most faithful concertgoers, who have been coming to us at the Philharmonie for many years, can no longer join us. There are many reasons for that – including that getting to the venue is too difficult for them, or because they no longer feel safe out alone at night. Perhaps you are in a similar situation? In that case, we would like to reach out to you through our volunteer Concert Pals. A Concert Pal will accompany you to the Philharmonie and hear the concert with you on pre-reserved seats. In this manner, you can not only hear the music together, but getting to the concert is made easier for you: you will be picked up and accompanied to the concert on foot, by public transport or by car, and your Concert Pal will also see you home again. In order to find such a Concert Pal, please purchase a subscription for three concerts. The tickets for the volunteer Concert Pal are sponsored by the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. The subscription includes three concerts for a total of 81,60 € in the seat category II or for a total of 43,20 € in the seat category IV.


If you are looking for a fellow concertgoer or would like to volunteer as a Concert Pal, please contact Sara Wiesemann, the project leader.

+49 (221) 2597 1958,
Tue 9-11 am or
Thu and Fri 3:30-6.30 pm.


€ 81,60
für 3 Konzerte
in Preisgruppe II

€ 43,20
für 3 Konzerte
in Preisgruppe IV

Out-and-About Concerts for Senior Citizens

The Gürzenich Orchestra plays for everyone, including those who can no longer come to its regular concerts. With its chamber ensembles, the orchestra is out and about, playing concerts at senior citizen residences. The programmes are as varied as the different instrumental formations. The musicians play classical pieces chosen among their repertoire favourites and also sing with the residents. All performances also feature a moderator, Christina von Richthofen.

Since our »Out-and-About Concerts« had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, we have simply turned them into »Courtyard Concerts«. About 30 chamber music concerts played by different formations have already taken place in the inner courtyards of senior citizens’ homes, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Here the members of the Gürzenich Orchestra bring music to people who are particularly hard hit by the crisis, playing an entertaining programme for residents, patients, nursing staff and doctors. 

All Cologne senior citizens’ institutions may apply to present a concert; please inquire by email to

Introducing: the Orchestra

For the 14th time, the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Karl Rahner Akademie invite you to get to know musicians of the orchestra as well as the team from unusual perspectives. How many different instruments does a percussionist play? What kind of music do musicians listen to in their free time? And who prepares the scores? Together with the invited musicians and team members we can answer all of your questions in an open discussion. 

Do 08.10.2020, 10 - 12 Uhr
Karl Rahner Akademie
Gespräch mit Christoph Baumgartner, Schlagzeug und Alexander Dworek, Notenbibliothek

Do 22.10.2020, 10 - 12.30 Uhr
Kölner Philharmonie
Das Gürzenich-Orchester bei der Arbeit. Besuch einer Orchesterprobe.

Do 29.10.2020, 10 - 12 Uhr
Karl Rahner Akademie
Gespräch mit Gerhard Dierig, Bratsche und Johannes Esser, Kontrabass


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