Secondary School

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.


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

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
François-Xavier Roth Conducter

Fri 29.04.22
09:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. 

Cologne Philharmonic Hall
No break
Class 5-7
€5 pupils (incl. advance booking fee)
one free accompanying ticket for every 10 pupils

Begleitangebote zum Schulkonzert


Mo 04.04.22
Di 05.04.22

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, provided the purchase of 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.

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


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

Foyer Philharmonie Cologne

classes 5 - 7


Dates and Registration

Fr 18.03.22
4 - 6 pm

Cologne Philharmonie

teachers for classes 5 - 7

Attendance is free.
Please register here

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.

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.

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


8:45-11:00 Ua.m.

Wed 26.01.2022
Wed 30.03.2022
Wed 04.05.2022
Wed 25.05.2022

classes 5-13

443 Hertz

Termine und Anmeldung

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.

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.

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

Symphony Concerts for Secondary School Students


5 € Pupils
One free accompanying ticket per 10 pupils

Q & A with....

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.

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

Register here via our online form. 

Q&A with… François-Xavier Roth
Abo 6

Q&A with … Duncan Ward
Abo 7

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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 musicians.

Dates and Registration

Dates and time by arrangement

Class 5-13

Registration via

Participation is free of charge

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