To experience at close quarters, to participate, and to try out new things – this is the basic principle of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s education programme. In a variety of concerts, workshops and projects, children, young people and adults have the opportunity to experience music, to actively participate themselves, to meet members of the orchestra and guest musicians, make music creatively and discover their own artistic skills. Our vision is to give everyone in Berlin the opportunity to be a part of the work and the world of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
All about singing
With the Philharmoniker’s concert programme full of exciting works which involve vocal soloists and choirs this season, singing in all its various forms is also a common thread that runs through our educational projects: from our children’s opera, to the sing-along concerts and the Sing! workshop. Another source of inspiration for our projects are the “inter-worlds” which form a theme in many of this season’s works. They move between fantasy and reality, between light and shadow, myth and truth, between order and chaos, hope and fear, and in doing so, strike a chord with our own times. Such as Parsifal, which we will approach in a number of ways: there are two productions on this subject which could not be more different – a children’s opera in cooperation with the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden and a theatre production in cooperation with Tegel prison and the prison theatre group aufBruch. The fantasy animal world which Leoš Janáček creates around the mysteries of life in his opera The Cunning Little Vixen is explored by Berlin primary school pupils, while Berlin’s secondary school pupils discover Bernstein’s symphony The Age of Anxiety: a world of disorientation, fear and loneliness, in which man desperately seeks stability and faith in a strange world.
The joy of music
Our offers, workshops and series of lectures, like the rehearsal visits, the creative and listening studios, the musical expeditions, the holiday project, the young composer workshop and the creative orchestra all bring the participants closer to music, help them to overcome inhibitions and awaken their interest in all forms of music. Not to forget the vocal hero choral project at the end of the season: Berliners of all ages will be invited to sing together and make music – regardless of social or cultural background – in the German premiere of David Lang's the public domain. The realisation of this project for all age groups under the direction of Sir Simon Halsey will take place in the Berlin Philharmonie and is guaranteed to be a very special experience – for participants and audience alike!
Thanks to the support of Deutsche Bank, the Philharmonie and the musicians of the orchestra becomes a place of learning which impacts on all social and cultural sectors of society, and which reaches out to people of all different age groups, abilities and talents. We are particularly pleased that we are increasingly able to involve people with refugee backgrounds into our activities and that we have been able to build more and more reliable structures in order to overcome inhibitions and reduce obstacles to increase participation. In their diversity, the education programme offers reflect much of what moves us – over and above topical issues of the day. We look forward to your taking part!