Primary Schools

Angebote für Klasse 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


Fire, water, earth, air. Ancient philosophers once arranged the entire world according to four elements. And composers, too, have always looked at what the world is like at its core. But can music crackle like fire, flow like water, rumble like rock or blow like the wind? In moderated school concerts, presenter Juri Tetzlaff and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne work together with the students to bring impressive natural phenomena into focus and rediscover them in music.

Wish list

Christmas is the time when wishes come true - and this is also the case in this »wish list concert« for grades 3-6 conducted by Gürzenich conductor François-Xavier Roth. The pupils decide what is on the programme, and it goes like this: The school classes choose their favourites from a list of song-suggestions and send their choice to by 22.10.2022. Three of the pieces that were requested most often will be performed in the concert. 

All entries will be entered into a draw for visits to the schools by vocal coaches. They will study the songs together with the pupils, which will then be sung in the concert.

Additional programs

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 »Elements« for class 1-4
      Mon 26.09.22
      Tue 27.09.22
      Wed 19.10.22
      Fri 21.10.22

      for the school concert »Wish list« for class 1-4
      Mon 12.12.22
      Wed 14.12.22

      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.

      The registration period for this program in the 22/23 season has been over since 01.10.2022. Registration for this season is no longer possible.

      Registrations for the season 23/24 are planned to be taken from the beginning of May 2023.

  • 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.


      for the school concert »Elements« for classes 1-4
      Wed 26.10.22 | 12:30 (following the second school concert)
      Thu 27.10.22 | 10:30 am (following the school concert)

      for the school concert »Wish list« for classes 3-6
      Tue 20.12.22 | 12:30 (following 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.

      The registration period for this program in the 22/23 season has been over since 01.10.2022. Registration for this season is no longer possible.

      Registrations for the season 23/24 are planned to be taken from the beginning of May 2023.


      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 »Elements« for grades 1-4
      Fri 09.09.22 | 16-18 p.m.

      to the school concert »Wish list« for grades 3-6
      Fri 25.11.22 | 16-18 p.m.

      Cologne Philharmonie


      Attendance is free.

      If you are interested, please register via the online form.

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.



Wed 07.09.22
Wed 02.11.22
Wed 23.11.22
Wed 08.02.23
Wed 01.03.22
Wed 22.03.23
Wed 03.05.23
Wed 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 this offer in the season 22/23 is over since 01.10.22. Registration for this season is no longer possible.

Registrations for the 23/24 season are planned to be accepted from the beginning of May 2023.

443 Hertz

Mitmach-Konzerte in der Schule

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.


Information about the concert date will be available here soon.

In Cologne schools 


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

If you are interested, please register via the online form by 01.10.2022. Participation will then be raffled among the registrations.


  • Klangspaziergang

      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.


      Joanna Becker Violin
      Stefan Kleinert Violin
      Annegret Klingel Viola 
      Sylvia Borg-Bujanowski Violoncello 
      Anja Leu presenter

Singing with Class!

The little Ghost

To see the world in daylight is the little ghost's greatest wish. He has already tried everything to stay awake after the witching hour - without success. But then it happens: When the little ghost wakes up, it is noon! During the day, everything is the other way round and the little ghost experiences many surprises. This year, the classic children's book by Otfried Preußler serves as the basis for the big participatory project "Singing with class! 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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