Secondary School

Angebote für Klasse 5-13

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.

Am schönsten fand ich in der Philharmonie, dass ich ganz viele Instrumente gesehen habe und dass ich direkt neben einer Pauke saß - ich habe sie gespürt, sie war echt stark!

Lena, 13 Jahre

School Concert

Melody is King

Melodies get stuck in our heads. We hum them on our bike or sing them in the shower. But why can't we get them out of our heads? What makes a melody unforgettable? The Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne looks for the origin of the melody and travels through the past to the present. What does a good melody sound like, what was popular in the past and what are composers looking for today?

Francois-Xavier Roth not only leads the musical expedition, he moderates the concert and explores these questions together with the young audience.

Additional programmes

to the school concert
  • 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.


      Mo 04.04.22
      Di 05.04.22

      classes 5-7


      Attendence is free of charge, provided you have purchased tickets for the school concerts.

      Please register here by February 1st, 2022.
      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.


      Fr 29.04.22
      12:30 Uhr (after the second concert)

      Foyer Philharmonie Cologne

      classes 5 - 7



      Attendence is free of charge. 
      Please register here by February 1st, 2022.
      Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

  • Workshops for Teachers

      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.


      Fr 18.03.22
      4 - 6 pm

      Cologne Philharmonie

      teachers for classes 5 - 7


      Attendence is free of charge. Please register here

Close Up


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.


8:45-11:00 a.m.

Wed 30.03.2022
Wed 04.05.2022
Wed 25.05.2022

classes 5-13


Attendence is free of charge. 
Please register here by December 31st, 2021.
Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

»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.


Dates and time by arrangement 

In Cologne schools 

Grades 5-13 

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


Attendence is free of charge. 
Please register here by December 31st, 2021.
Due to high demand, a lottery will decide which groups may attend.

  • 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.

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

Symphony Concerts

for Upper School Students

The Gürzenich Orchestra offers special admission fees for upper school students for five concerts of its season. On selected Monday or Tuesday evenings, interested classes and music courses can get to know highlights of music history in symphony concerts of the Gürzenich Orchestra. Seating is allocated according to availability and located in Block Z.


5 € students
One free ticket per 10 students


to the Symphony concert

Experiencing musicians in concert and listening to their music is impressive. But who are the artists on stage and what do they do when they are not playing concerts? Before attending their concert, upper school students have the chance to ask these and other questions. Orchestra musicians, soloists, conductors or composers visit schools and answer all the questions the students may have about a musician’s daily life and concert events.


Q&A with… François-Xavier Roth
Abo 6

Q&A with … Duncan Ward
Abo 7


Participation is free of charge. Condition for participation is the purchase of tickets to the respective concert. 

Register here via our online form. 

scroll top