They get an especially warm welcome at the Elbphilharmonie: Hamburg’s school students. They take part in music workshops in the Kaistudios every day, while in both the Recital Hall and the Grand Hall they enjoy school concerts tailor-made to suit their age group and sponsored by the Haspa Musikstiftung. Here are few impressions of recent productions:
Elphi vor, noch ein Tor!
Together with presenter Juri Tetzlaff and the Symphoniker Hamburg, fifth- and sixth-grade pupils set out in search of common ground shared by professional musicians and top athletes in the event »Elphi vor, noch ein Tor!« (Elphi in the lead, another goal!). Marking the World Cup year, the Symphoniker Hamburg, under the baton of Jason Weaver, played an exciting music match, playing together with the young audience to try and win the sought-after Elphi Cup.
Sun, moon and strings
Grooving rain jackets, speaking walls and a singing wine glass: in the new Elbphilharmonie production, five members of Ensemble Resonanz worked with composer Carola Bauckholt and director Anselm Dalferth to create a wonderful sound world. In addition to playing their instruments, the musicians also teased out all kinds of exciting sounds from biscuit tins, zips and shoe boxes – birds chirping like mad, enormous sea monsters lurking in the bubbling depths, cheeky midges that were asking to be squatted and a sudden gust of autumn wind in every corner of the Recital Hall.
Music is Everywhere
During their visit to the Elbphilharmonie the schoolchildren experienced a storm suddenly setting in, they watched as sparkling stardust settled on the stage and they heard the magical sounds of the rising moon. At the end, there were faces beaming with joy, cries for an encore and a recognition that music is everywhere – even in places you would never expect.
The Elbphilharmonie’s General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter is delighted about the schoolchildren’s enthusiasm: »For me that’s the best proof that we are fulfilling our important music education mandate. We would certainly not be able to offer school concerts on this scale without the support of the Haspa Musik Stiftung.«