Umculo Expedition

A Journey to the Middle of Music

At the beginning of the ages, when sound did not yet have a name, the secret of “UMCULO” was born. To this day it is beyond the reach of modern science. The Xhosa word UMCULO recalls that ancient time. When you pronounce it with the correct intonation, it means “music”. Musicians, of course, are aware of this secret. And you will discover it, too.

Daring musical workshops for curious elementary school pupils in grades 1 through 4 and their teachers

7–10 years
Duration of the programme 120 min

The four workshops will deal with the origins and development of music from four different points of view. The first  two gatherings will examine the structure of music – discovering rhythm, melody, harmony, and the possibilities of musical notation. The two workshops that follow will focus on inspiration, stories, and emotions. All of this will be done playfully and interactively with the use of games involving movement, singing, rhythm, the visual arts, theatre, and improvisation.


Klára Boudalová, Michaela Králová, Egli Prifti, Karolína Rachačová (1st and 2nd grades)

Eva Filipová, Michaela Králová, Jan Kyjovský, Dominika Prokopová (3rd and 4th grades)

First day: Who is in charge here?

Rudolfinum — Suk Hall
2 & 9 October 2017
16, 23 & 30 October 2017

We’ve set out equipped with modern instruments and measuring devices. Let’s hope they will guide us reliably. So please synchronize your watches with the commander... so you don’t get out of rhythm!


Second day: So let's look at the map

Rudolfinum — Suk Hall
20 & 27 November 2017
4, 11 & 18 December 2017

We’ve gotten lost. We try to get oriented in the infinite space of sounds and tones. At least we have the score to show us the way.


Third day: Don't forget the diary!

Rudolfinum — Suk Hall
12 & 19 March 2018
26 March, 3, 9 & 16 April 2018

Every adventure has heroes. We must see that our stories are not forgotten. But how?


Fourth day: Are we there yet?

Rudolfinum — Suk Hall
14 & a 21 May 2018
28 May, 4. & 11 June 2018

We finally reach the goal and the secret is revealed. Will we change the world?


Practical information

  • Programme length: ca. 120 minutes.
  • We offer this series only as a subscription.
  • The price for a subscription is CZK 500.
  • The capacity of the workshop is for 80 children.
  • Teachers accompanying children are admitted free of charge.
  • Reserve tickets for schools at the e-mail address edu(zavinac)