Family Concert: a beastly afternoon

It will be a beastly afternoon full of music – as strong as a bear and as wild as a bull. The family concert will focus on not one but two popular children’s book characters: Paddington Bear and Ferdinand the Bull. Whereas Paddington Bear discovers his love of conducting, Ferdinand does not intend to relinquish his passion for flowers. Hans-Jürgen Schatz is the narrator through the animal adventures – musically supported by Stanley Dodds and other members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds Direction

Hans-Jürgen Schatz Narrator

Alan Ridout

Ferdinand der Stier

Herbert Chappell

Paddington Bärs erstes Konzert

Recommended for children aged 8 and above

For the very young visitors we offer a crèche with qualified music pedagogues, which is also accessible during the concert.

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 14 Feb 2016, 14:30

Chamber Music Hall

Sun, 14 Feb 2016, 17:00

Chamber Music Hall


It will be a beastly afternoon full of music – as strong as a bear and as wild as a bull. Almost everyone knows the little bear that came from “darkest Peru” and was picked up at London’s Paddington Station by the Brown family. And because Paddington Bear is a bright and clever little chap, he would like to go to a concert some time. But his first concert develops completely differently than he expected. Surprisingly different. How is it possible that an unfinished piece, an incomplete symphony is played at this event? And all these people even paid for it! But Paddington Bear not only learns what this “Unfinished” is all about: by the end of the concert he knows for sure what he wants to be when he grows up: a conductor, obviously!

Ferdinand the Bull doesn’t have that kind of career aspirations. He has just one passion: to delight in the scent of flowers. There’s no gentler, more peace-loving bull than Ferdinand. Annoyingly enough, a bee stings his bottom, and while he is jumping around in pain wildly, bullfighters see him and think he’s the most dangerous bull far and wide. They drag him to the bullfighting arena, where he is received with cheers. Whether he will be able to hold his ground there against the torero? At this family concert conducted by Philharmonic violinist Stanley Dodds, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will present the animal stories set to music by Herbert Chappell and Alan Ridout; Hans-Jürgen Schatz is the narrator.