A morning with musicians

Meet musicians of the Czech Philharmonic in person. At the interactive workshops, wonderful musicians come down from the stage and play just for you. It’s an up-close look exclusively for a single classroom of children. The musicians welcome questions and are ready to make you enthusiastic about music. They will show you their marvelous musical instruments and let you play them!

Workshops for pupils at elementary schools of the arts and secondary schools

7–10 years
11+
Workshop
Workshops overview

Queen of the Harp - Seven Pedals and Forty-Seven Strings

The harp is undoubtedly the most elegant, golden, and mysterious instrument of the orchestra. But what happens when you want to load it onto an airplane? Or carry it on stage? Isn’t it a bit cumbersome? And how can one possibly tell which string is which? The mysteries of the harp will be revealed by one of the world’s premier harpists – who also happens to be a member of the Czech Philharmonic – Jana Boušková. And she just might even play harp with a ruler.

Trumpet Players at the Rudolfinum – An Instrument That’s Not Just for Fanfares

The first trumpet player of the Czech Philharmonic Ladislav Kozderka and his colleagues will show you a remarkable collection of all kinds of trumpets, large and small. And the older, the better, although the new ones can also be used to play fantastic jazz and modern music. At the workshop, we will reveal everything about how a trumpet works, how it is made (yes, you will try it out for yourself!), and how it is played (and you will try that out, too!).

Percussion a Hundred Different Ways – How to Beat on Everything

Percussion instruments – there are definitely more than just tympani! Pavel Polívka, a member of the philharmonic, has prepared you an unbelievable excursion into the world of tones, sounds, bangs, and noise at the highest imaginable levels. He’ll play the marimba, drum set, bells, cymbals, gourds, shakers, nightingale whistles, sheep hooves, and coconuts. If you don't know what we're talking about, we suggest you come down to the Rudolfinum.

Sounding Boards – Woodwind Instruments Not Made Just of Wood

Saxophones, clarinets, bassett horn, bass clarinet, and even contrabass clarinet – a remarkable collection will be presented by a true expert, philharmonic member Petr Sinkule. And he can play all of them! You can look forward to music by Mozart and by Queen, too. And there’s also the wonderful sound of a helicopter landing made by the contrabass clarinet; incidentally, the Czech Philharmonic is one of only two European orchestras to own this unique and terribly expensive instrument!

A Philharmonic Family Duet – With the Concertmaster about the Orchestra

What’s it like to play alongside your own father in an orchestra? And to do so as the concertmaster? And what does it even mean to be a “concertmaster”? It’s truly unique for two musicians from one family to play in the same orchestra. But that is the case with the Czech Philharmonic. We will introduce you to two men named Josef Špačekjunior and senior. And we’ll reveal plenty about how things work in a world-class musical ensemble.

A Band of Three – Musicians from the Philharmonic Play Chamber Music and Folk Music

Oboe, viola, and contrabass – these are instruments that will be presented by Jiří Zelba, René Vácha, and Jaromír Černík. And above all, they will show you the kind of music that is played on them. Together with them, you will experience what it’s like to find yourself in the middle of an orchestra on stage playing The Moldau by Smetana, and you will get to play and sing the music that our philharmonic members play in their spare time – you will also hear some popular Moravian and Bohemian songs, and if you persuade him, the oboe player might even bring out his guitar! A true musician is open to everything! (We also offer this programme in English.)

Practical information
  • Programme length: ca. 60–90 minutes.
  • The capacity of the workshop is for 20–35 children/students.
  • The ticket price is CZK 100.
  • Teachers accompanying children are admitted free of charge.
  • Reserve tickets for schools at the e-mail address edu(zavinac)ceskafilharmonie.cz. Specific dates are scheduled only by agreement in advance.
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