Preschool Rehearsal

There is plenty to discover in an orchestra: how many musicians are seated on stage? Which instruments can you hear? And what does a concert hall actually look like from the inside? Preschool children can find answers to all these and more during our preschool rehearsal entitled »Zwergenprobe«. Before they observe the orchestra rehearse for about half an hour, the children will be given an age-appropriate introduction by orchestra musicians presenting their own instruments.

Dates and Registration

Fri 14.01.22
Fri 11.03.22
Fri 06.05.22
Fri 17.06.22

9:10 - 11:00 a.m.
Cologne Philharmonic Hall

The offer is for kindergarten groups of preschool children.

Attendance is free.
Please register here by November 15th, 2021.
Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

Concerts Out and About

Five ensembles of the Gürzenich Orchestra visit kindergartens in Cologne, playing amusing and fascinating concerts which involve the young listeners, present individual instruments, and of course feature classical music. The concerts are designed for children aged 3 to 6, last approximately 45 minutes and will take place on the dates given in the morning at 9:15 am or at 11 am. All kindergartens in Cologne with a gym or a similarly suitable space can apply.


Attendance is free. Please register here by November 15th, 2021. Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

Der Nussknacker

Christmas is just around the corner and with it a mysterious and magical time that makes children dream. So does Marie, who fights the Mouse King and travels to a Christmas Wonderland together with the Nutcracker. The trombone quartet of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne brings the world of lemonade rivers and gingerbread houses into the kindergarten and celebrates Christmas with the music of Peter Tchaikovsky.


Trombone quartet of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
Guido Sterzl Actor


Mon 22.11.21
Mon 06.12.21
Tue 07.12.21
Wed 08.12.21


Joanna Becker Violin | Hedgehoge Mom Elli  
Martina Horejsi-Kiefer Viola | Carola, the blackbird
Johannes Eßer Bass | Hedgehoge Dad Fritz
Matthias Kiefer trumpet, accordeon | Paul Hedgehoge
Alexandra Naumann voice | Freddy Hedgehoge

Felix Janosa/Matthias Kiefer arrangement 


Mon 06.12.21
Thu 09.12.21
Fri 10.12.21
Mon 13.12.21

Only Three More Sleepless Nights

The little girl hedgehog Freddy would rather celebrate Christmas with the humans than hibernating. So her mother Elli and father Fritz host a Christmas celebration of their own, together with the other animals. Now of all times, the house of their hedgehog friend Paul is destroyed by a falling branch. What to do? Might Carola the blackbird have the saving idea? The ensemble tells a musical Christmas story about community and hospitality, with music and texts by Alexandra Naumann.

The Ugly Duckling

When the last little duckling finally hatches, the other ducklings are already busy exploring their surroundings – what a pretty yellow their feathers are! The duckling looks down at himself and realizes he looks quite different, all grey. The duckling decides to run away and goes on a big journey. There he meets other animals, gets homesick, makes friends and finally returns home after all. The well-known fairy-tale about being different and expelled is retold here with classical music and songs to join in.


Anna Heygster Violin
Jana Andraschke Violin
Mareike Marx The ugly duckling


Mon 25.04.22
Tue 26.04.22
​​​​​​Wed 27.04.22
Mon 02.05.22

The »concert on the go« as movie

In spring we experienced a compulsory break from our on-the-go concerts. We used the time: Our violinists Anna Heygster and Jana Andraschke, together with the actress Mareike Marx, present »The Ugly Duckling« as a film - to join in and sing along!


Mareike Marx actress
Yannick Noval singer
Antonia Schreiber harp


Tue 10.05.22
Fri 13.05.22
Wed 18.05.22
Mon 23.05.22


Antonia and Mareike are moving! Everything is packed in boxes, so it's easy to lose track of everything. But what is this? A big, golden something that wasn't there just now, was it? As they hear delicate sounds and fine melodies, the two sisters soon find themselves in another magical world. With the help of the fascinating sound of the harp, the ensemble takes the children to outer space, to the high seas and to a fairytale castle, and invites all children to join in.

Gürzi and the String Quartet

Gürzi, the orchestra's dog, usually listens to concerts from backstage, lying comfortably in his basket. But now he’s decided he doesn’t just want to listen, he wants to make music himself and join in. But how? He doesn’t even have an instrument. The string quartet introduces its instruments and their multi-faceted sound. With the help of an instrument-maker, Gürzi and the children even play a concert together at the end of the session.


Nathalie Streichardt Violin
Will Grigg  Violin
Eva-Maria Wilms Viola 
Daniela Bock Violoncello 
Daniel Calladine Gürzi 
Juliane Kein instruments craftwoman


Mon 16.05.22
Tue 17.05.22
Thu 19.05.22
Fri 20.05.22

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