Primary Schools

Current informations for concertgoers

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

School Concerts

Unfortunately, due to the current developments in the corona pandemic, we cannot offer school concerts. We will inform you at this point as soon as this is possible again.

Offers complementing the School Concerts

Unfortunately, due to the current developments in the corona pandemic, we cannot offer school concerts. For this reason, the accompanying offers are also omitted. We will inform you at this point as soon as this is possible again.

Musicians in the Classroom

Personal contact and proximity to their young audience is very important to the musicians of the Gürzenich Orchestra. In preparation of every school concert, they visit classrooms, introducing their instruments and preparing the students for the music of the concert. The students can ask any questions they may have about the concert and the daily lives of musicians, and some instruments can even be tried out.

Dates and Registration

Wed 03.03.21
Thu 04.03.21
Mo 08.03.21

classes 1-4

The offer is free, provided the purchase of tickets for the school concerts.

Please register here by November 15, 2020.
Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

Meet & Greet

An orchestra concert is an impressive experience. But what if you still have a burning question or want to experience an instrument up close and personal? School classes attending a school concert can meet the orchestra musicians right after the concert, asking all the questions they can think of and commenting on anything they have noticed during the concert.

Dates and Registration

Thu 11.03.21
12:30 Uhr (after the concert)

Fr 12.03.21
10:30 Uhr (after the concert)

Foyer Philharmonie Cologne

classes 1 - 4

Please register here by November 15, 2020.
Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

Teacher Workshops

Six weeks before the school concerts, preparatory materials (in German) for the concert are available here for downloading. In addition, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne offers teachers a brief workshop introducing and explaining the materials in practical terms. The content of the lessons can be tried out, and there is an opportunity to adapt the materials to the needs of your own class.

Dates and Registration

Fr 15.01.21  
4 - 6 pm

Cologne Philharmonie

teachers for classes 1 - 4

Attendance is free.
Please register here


Before the audience fills the auditorium for the concert, school classes have a unique opportunity to be all alone with the Gürzenich Orchestra in the grand auditorium of Cologne’s Philharmonie, feeling the power of music. From up close, they experience half an hour of the orchestra’s rehearsal. Before, the students are given an interactive introduction, a glimpse of backstage life, and meet the orchestra musicians.

Termine und Anmeldung

Mi 17.03.21
Mi 05.05.21

Mi 26.05.21
Mi 23.06.21

8.45-11 Uhr 

Die Teilnahme an diesem Angebot ist kostenlos. 
Derzeit sind keine Anmeldungen möglich. 

443 Hertz

Designing your own concert programme, standing on stage yourself and making music or moderating? As part of the series »443 Hertz«, students can do all that – in direct collaboration with the professionals of the Gürzenich Orchestra. The centrepiece of this project is the practical exploration of music. Accompanied by an educator, chamber ensembles of the Gürzenich Orchestra work with one class in weekly workshops to prepare a concert for the entire school. Including various art forms, the students get to know selected works, developing their very personal approach to music. This leads to an individual concert programme which is performed together with the musicians. When registering for this offer, there is a choice between the programming focus »A Stroll Through Sound« and »Music and Emotions«. Workshops and the concert take place at the school.

Termine und Anmeldung

Termine und Uhrzeit nach Absprache 

In Kölner Schulen 

Klasse 3-4 im OGS-Bereich 

Derzeit sind keine Anmeldungen möglich. 

A Stroll Through Sound

If you prick your ears and listen very carefully, you’ll notice that our daily lives are full of fascinating and diverse sounds. Students are invited to listen consciously during the workshops and to perceive their surroundings with open ears. The string quartet will bring along selected works in which composers also worked with sounds from nature and daily life. The students actively study the music in the workshops, developing their own sound improvisation.

Joanna Becker Violin
Stefan Kleinert Violin
Annegret Klingel Viola 
Sylvia Borg-Bujanowski Violoncello 
Juliane Hanke Presenter

Music and Emotions

Listening to music and making music cause many different emotions and physical reactions. A wind quintet of the Gürzenich Orchestra prepares selected chamber music works on this subject. During the workshops, the students explore the emotions evoked by the music and develop their own artistic forms of expression to match. The final result is a performance given by the class together with the musicians of the quintet.

N.N. Flute
Tom Owen Oboe 
Tino Plener Clarinet
Thomas Jedamzik Fagott 
Jörn Köster Horn 
Philipp Matthias Kaufmann presenter

Singing with class!

The Little Ghost

To see the world by daylight, just once – that is the dearest wish of the Little Ghost. It has tried everything it can think of to stay awake after the witching hour is over – unsuccessfully. But then, the seemingly impossible happens: when the Little Ghost awakes, it is midday! During daytime, everything is reversed, and the Little Ghost has lots of adventures. The children’s book classic by Otfried Preußler is the basis for this year’s singalong project »Singing with class«. Over the course of two months, 300 elementary school children rehearse the work composed especially for them under the guidance of vocal coaches, and the work is performed twice in concert with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.


In coperation with KölnMusik

Free entrance on June 17, 2021
5  € per Ticket on June 20, 2021

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