Primary Schools

Angebote für Klasse 1-4

Musik fasziniert, sie weckt Gefühle und wird genussvoll gehört. Doch sie kann noch viel mehr: Als wichtiger Bestandteil der schulischen Ausbildung kann Musik Konzentration, soziale Verantwortung, Selbstbewusstsein und das Gruppengefühl stärken. Was wäre da der Unterricht ohne das Live-Erlebnis von Musik? Die Schulkonzerte wecken die Begeisterung und Leidenschaft, mit der auch das Gürzenich-Orchester jedes Konzert bestreitet. Für eine umfassende Vor- und Nachbereitung des Konzertbesuchs werden Unterrichtsmaterialien, Lehrerworkshops sowie Schulbesuche und Meet & Greets mit den Musiker angeboten. Das Angebot »443 Hertz« und die Probenbesuche bieten die Möglichkeit, die Musiker aus nächster Nähe kennenzulernen, im Austausch mit ihnen selbst musikalisch aktiv zu werden und die Klangkraft von Musik direkt zu spüren. Das alles können Schüler der zweiten Klasse darüberhinaus auch erleben, wenn sie am großen Projekt »Singen mit Klasse!« teilnehmen.

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

Keyan, 9 Jahre

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. 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 school concerts, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and Juri Tetzlaff explore these questions together with the young audience.

Additional programs

to the school concert

      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.


      Mon 07.03.22
      Mon 14.03.22




      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.


      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 



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

      Registration until 31.12.21 here via our online form.


      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.



      Fri 11.02.22
      4 - 6 pm

      Cologne Philharmonie


      Attendance is free.
      Please register here

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Before the regular audience enters the concert hall, school classes have the unique opportunity to be all alone with the Gürzenich Orchestra in the grand auditorium of Cologne’s Philharmonie. The students get an interactive introduction, a glimpse of backstage life, and meet the orchestra musicians before they experience half an hour of the orchestra’s rehearsal up close.



Wed 30.03.2022
Wed 04.05.2022
Wed 25.05.2022

8:45-11:00 a.m.


Attendence is free of charge
Please register here by December 31st

443 Hertz

Mitmach-Konzerte in der Schule

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.


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.


Participation is free of charge

Register via our online-form. Registration deadline is 31.12.21. Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

  • Klangspaziergang

      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

  • Musik und Emotionen

      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.


      Luna Vigni Flute
      Tom Owen oboe
      Tino Plener clarinet
      Thomas Jedamzik fagott
      Jörn Köster horn
      Philipp Matthias Kaufmann presenter

Singing with Class!

Das kleine Gespenst

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.

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