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

2022/23 – Subscription Family A

2022/23 – Subscription Family B

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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