We visit five or six schools a year with a concert-workshop lasting around an hour in which the children, usually KS1 and KS2, are introduced to the string orchestra and to music ranging across all ages. These workshops are all about active listening and participation. The highlight is when pupils perform with us music they have been practising with their teachers.

We recently held a full day workshop with students at Christ’s School, Richmond, where we worked on and recorded a number of GCSE and A-level compositions by students – an immensely rewarding experience for students and orchestra alike.

We always seek feedback from teachers and children to help us improve our workshops. And they are most definitely a partnership effort! We find the most successful sessions are those where the staff have allocated time in advance to prepare the children, by learning songs, practising instrumental parts, and perhaps introducing aspects of music such as pitch, rhythm and story-telling that can be explored further in the workshop.

 
 

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like to discuss a concert-workshop for your school.


Recent workshops 

  • St Michael & All Angels’ Church, Chiswick, for local schools

  • Archbishop Sumner Primary School, Lambeth

  • West Drayton Academy

  • West Ashtead Primary School, Surrey

  • Belmont Primary School, Chiswick

  • Merlin School, Putney

  • Southmead Primary School, Wandsworth

  • St Saviour’s Primary School, Maida Vale

  • Southwark Cathedral School


Comments from music teachers

Our pupils are inspired by your visits and talk about it for weeks afterwards.
The children benefited from a personalised programme that they were really made a part of. Thank you Nonesuch!
The conductor’s information and way of addressing the children was brilliant as always and the programme was a delight throughout.
It was great to not only listen, but really participate in the music making and gain a bit of an understanding into how classical music is built up.
It allows pupils from a range of diverse backgrounds to access quality live music. 

COmments from primary school children

I loved the orchestra because we got to take part in it and we got to learn all about the different instruments.
The music made me want to dance.
I do not play an instrument, but after I saw you I wish I could.