Primary Schools

School Concert

Feel The Rhythm

The feet can´t stand still. The body wants to move. A good rhythm makes it hard to stay seated. Even our body is determined by a rhythm: the heartbeat. It is also irreplaceable in music - rhythm gives music a character and creates a mood. But what happens when music gets out of rhythm? In the moderated school concerts, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne explores these questions together with the young audience and  Aaron Copland's »Appalachian Spring«.

Ticket purchase

Tickets are available from 01.01.22 via the ticket service of Bühnen Köln.
(0221) 221 28240

Juri Tetzlaff Moderation
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Harry Ogg Conductor

Thu 03.24.22
9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 

Fri 25.03.22
11:30 a.m.

Cologne Philharmonic Hall
No break
Class 1-4

€5 pupils (incl. advance booking fee)
one free accompanying ticket for every 10 pupils

Accompanying programs to the school concert


Mon 07.03.22
Mon 14.03.22

classes 5-7


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.


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

Registration until 01.02.22 here via our online form.
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.


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

Registration until 01.02.22 here via our online form.


Thu 24.03.22
12:30 ( after the second school concert)

Fri 25.03.22
12:30 (after the school concert)

Foyer of the Kölner Philharmonie 

Class 1-4


Fri 11.02.22
4 - 6 pm

Cologne Philharmonie

teachers for classes 1 - 4


Teacher´s Workshop

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.

Attendance is free.
Please register here

Close Up

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.

Attendence is free of charge
Please register here by November 15th


Wed 26.01.2022
Wed 30.03.2022
Wed 04.05.2022
Wed 25.05.2022

8:45-11:00 a.m.


443 Hertz

Dates and Registration

In Cologne schools 

Class 3-4 

Participation is free of charge

Register here via our online form. Registration deadline is 15.11.21. Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

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.

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 
Anja Leu 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

GO online - Rhythm

Musicians from the Gürzenich Orchestra visit school classes via video conference to make music together with the students, introduce their instrument and take a closer look at the topic rhythm. In two virtual workshops, rhythms are playfully developed using body percussion and everyday objects and put together to form a piece of music, which is then given its world premiere together with the musician.



Class 1-4

Registration via

Participation is free of charge

Singing with Class

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.

5 € on 12.06.22

Free of charge on 09.06.22 in the PhilharmonieLunch 

Tickets are available from 01.05.22 via the ticket service of Bühnen Köln.
(0221) 221 28240

A cooperation of Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and KölnMusik


Ulrich Kreppein composition
Dorothea Hartmann libretto
N.N. narrator
N.N. little ghost
Childrens choir
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
N.N. conductor
Samuel Dobernecker, Alexandra Naumann, Anna Rizzi, Michel Rychlinski preparation  childrens choir
Cordula Körber stage Design, Costume
N.N. director

Sound with class

The Making-of

We embark on a percussive journey into space! The intrepid Ulla-Fine and her grandchildren embark on a journey through adventurous soundscapes and support the Murmiduks in their fight against the Zweigronauts. Will they manage to fend off the attackers?

Over a period of two months, 300 primary school pupils worked under the guidance of instructors on percussion elements with which they brought to life a narrative by Sarah Ritter with Mark-Anthony Turnage's music "Crying out loud". These were performed in a stream with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne.


Mark-Anthony Turnage​​​​​​ composition
Sarah Ritter story
Eva-Marianne Kraiss narrator
Marco Mlynek concept/composition lecturer
Childrens choir
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Christoph Altstaedt conductor
Samuel Dobernecker, Alexandra Naumann, Syavash Rastani, Michel Rychlinski preparation  childrens choir
Cordula Körber stage design & costume

In cooperation with KölnMusik

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