Primary Schools

Programmes for classes 1-4

Music fascinates, it awakens feelings and is listened to with pleasure. But it can do much more: as an important part of school education, music can strengthen concentration, social responsibility, self-confidence and group spirit. What would lessons be without the live experience of music? The school concerts awaken the enthusiasm and passion with which the Gürzenich Orchestra also performs every concert. For a comprehensive pre- and post-concert preparation, teaching materials, workshops for teachers as well as school visits and meet & greets are offered. The »443 Hertz« offer and the rehearsal visits provide the opportunity to get to know the musicians at close quarters, to become musically active in an exchange with them and to feel the power of music directly. Second grade pupils can also experience all this when they take part in the big project »Singing with class!«


Ich war begeistert von den vielen Instrumenten. Am meisten von der Geige, da steckt richtig viel Arbeit drin.

Keyan, 9 Jahre

School Concerts


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 fourth of Advent.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - probably the most famous child prodigy in music history. But what exactly is the story behind him and his music?

In the school concerts for grades 1-4, principal conductor François-Xavier Roth and the Gürzenich-Orchestra take a close look at the composer and his works.

Additional programmes

to the school concerts

      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.


      for the school concert »Nutcracker« for class 1-4
      Thu 30.11.23
      Mo 04.12.23

      for the school concert »Amadeus« for class 1-4
      Mo  06.05.24
      Fri  03.05.24

      Time by arrangement


      Participation is free of charge. the requirement for participation is the purchase of tickets to school concert. The participation will be drawn among the registrations afterwards.

      Registrations are open until the 15th of Sebtember 23. 

  • Meet & Greet

      An orchestral 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.


      for the school concert »Nutcracker« for classes 1-4
      Fri 08.12.23 | 12:30 (after the second school concert)

      for the school concert »Amadeus« for classes 1-4
      Mi 15.05.24 | 12:30 Uhr (after the second school concert)

      Foyer of the Kölner Philharmonie


      Participation is free of charge, condition for participation is the purchase of tickets to the school concert. 

      The participation will be drawn among the registrations afterwards.

      Registrations are open until the 15th of Sebtember 23. 


      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.



      to the school concert »Nutcracker« for grades 1-4
      Fri 27.10.23 | 16-18 p.m.

      to the school concert »« for grades 1-4
      Fri 05.04.24 | 16-18 p.m.

      Cologne Philharmonie


      Attendance is free.

      You can register here.  

Close Up


Before the audience flocks to the concerts in the hall, school classes have the unique opportunity to be all alone with the Gürzenich Orchestra in the large concert hall of the Kölner Philharmonie and feel the power of the music. They experience a rehearsal of the orchestra up close for half an hour. Beforehand, the pupils get a look behind the scenes in an interactive introduction and get to know the orchestra musicians.



Mi 07.09.22
Mi 02.11.22
Mi 23.11.22
Mi 08.02.23
Mi 01.03.23
Mi 22.03.23
Mi 03.05.23
Mi 17.05.23

9-11 a.m. or 10:30-12:30


This offer is offered to students in grades 3-4. Participation is free of charge and will be drawn at the end of the registration period.

The registration period for season 22/23 is over since the 1st of October 22. Registration for this season is no longer possible.

Information concerning the upcoming season will be available shortly. 

443 Hertz

Participatory Concert

Do you want to develop your own concert, stand on stage and make music or present it yourself? Pupils can experience all this as part of the series »443 Hertz« - in direct cooperation with the professionals from the Gürzenich Orchestra. The focus of this project is the practical engagement with music. Accompanied by a lecturer, chamber ensembles of the Gürzenich Orchestra prepare a concert for the whole school together with a school class in weekly workshops. Including various art forms, the pupils get to know selected works and develop their own personal approach to music. This results in an individual concert programme which is performed together with the musicians. The workshops and concert take place at the school.

A Stroll through Sound 

If you prick up your ears and listen carefully, there are lots of fascinating and varied sounds hiding everywhere in everyday life. The pupils are invited to listen consciously during the workshops and to perceive their surroundings with open ears. In addition, the string quartet will bring along selected works in which the composers have also processed sounds from nature and the environment. The pupils actively engage with the music in the workshops and develop their own sound improvisation.


This offer is aimed at pupils in grades 3-4. Participation is free of charge. 

Registrations are open until the 15th of Sebtember 23. 

In schools in Cologne. 

Singing with Class!

The wonderful adventures 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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