Programmes for Families

What could be better than doing something together with the whole family? With its programme, the Gürzenich Orchestra offers all family members the opportunity to experience and immerse themselves in music. This is achieved in concert formats specially designed for families, such as the Family Concert and "Singing with Class!". The family subscription and the family ticket are also tailored to the needs of families and make a visit to the Kölner Philharmonie something special for young and old alike.

Besonders gut gefallen hat mir die Melodie - und die Instrumente, weil sie zusammen so schön klingen.

Juli, 6 Jahre

Family Concert


Christmas is the season of miracles and mysterious events. Orchestra-dog Gürzi knows that as well, and invites you to come along with Marie into the magical world of the Nutcracker and experience exciting adventures. In the staged concert, the Gürzenich Orchestra retells one of the most popular Christmas stories, based on the fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The famous music of Peter Tchaikovsky sets the holiday mood for the whole family on the second of Advent.


Drum roll

Music from plastic bottles or old metal parts? Sounds and rhythms can be found in any everyday object. But how do you find them and which instruments are actually part of percussion? 

Percussionist Vivi Vassileva presents the different facets of her instrument in the family concerts  and, together with conductor Ustina Dubitsky and the Gürzenich Orchestra, initiates a drum roll for a sustainable world.

Family Card

The family ticket turns a concert into a memorable experience for young and old. While parents enjoy the first half of the concert in the hall, children can take part in a playful concert introduction.

With the family subscription, you can visit three concerts throughout the season. You can choose between concert dates in rows A and B.


Family ticket
for one concert visit
1 adult + up to 2 children 

Family subscription
for three concert visits
1 adult + up to 2 children

Age limit children: 12 years at the time of booking

Available at the ticket service of Bühnen Köln
(0221) 221 28240

GO Museum

Eltern ins Konzert, Kinder ins Museum – das geht!

Und zwar mit unserem neuen Angebot für Familien, das wir zusammen mit dem Museumsdienst Köln auf die Beine gestellt haben: Während die Eltern eins unserer Sinfoniekonzerte in der Philharmonie besuchen, können die Kinder einen spannenden Workshop im Museum Ludwig erleben. So ermöglichen wir einen unkomplizierten kulturellen Ausflug für die ganze Familie.


Eltern kaufen regulär Karten für das jeweilige Konzert. Mit der Buchungsnummer können Kinder kostenlos über ein Anmeldeformular für die Workshops registriert werden.

Eine Anmeldung ist bis Donnerstag vor Konzert möglich. Die Teilnahme ist begrenzt.

Treffpunkt für die Workshops ist die Infotheke im Foyer des Museum Ludwig um 10:40 Uhr am Konzerttag. Der Workshop endet um 13:15 Uhr ebenfalls dort.


Sonntag, 14.04.2024 – zum Konzert »Ekstase« um 11 Uhr in der Kölner Philharmonie

Folgende Workshops bieten wir zeitgleich im Museum Ludwig an:

Klangmalerei für Kinder von 6-9 Jahren

Action Painting für Kinder von 10-13 Jahren


Sonntag, 23.06.2024 – zum Konzert »Freiflug« um 11 Uhr in der Kölner Philharmonie

Folgende Workshops bieten wir zeitgleich im Museum Ludwig an:

Fabelwesen erstellen mit Collage für Kinder von 6-9 Jahren

Surreale Bildwelten zeichnen und malen für Kinder von 10-13 Jahren

Singing with class!

The wonderful adventure of Nils

Transformed into a little tomte because of his cheeky pranks, Nils Holgersson sets off on a wonderful journey on the back of the tame domestic goose Martin and in the midst of a flock of wild geese. Together they experience exciting adventures and learn what true friendship means. This year, the big participatory project »Singing with class!« revolves around the well-known story by Selma Lagerlöf.

Over a period of two months, 300 children in the second year of school will work on the work composed especially for them under the guidance of singing instructors, which will be performed at the end in two concerts with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.

Second graders interested in participating in the children's choir can get more information by calling (0221) 20408 355 or emailing

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