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Children and Families

Discover the whole world of music at the Elbphilharmonie. We offer interesting, interactive concerts for every age group.

Funkelkonzerte / Twinkle Concerts

»Funkelkonzerte« (Twinkle Concerts), that is the name for the Elbphilharmonie’s new concert series for children. These concerts are sometimes funny and playful, sometimes quiet and reflective, but they always make the world of music accessible to children in a unique way. A total of 52 »Funkelkonzerte« take place in the Kaistudios, the Recital Hall and even the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. These events are tailored to the special needs and abilities of the respective age groups.

Additionally, our popular »Elfi Baby Concerts« for families with infants up to one year of age, as well as for expectant mothers, continues this season. These concerts take place at the Elbphilharmonie, but also at cultural centres in various Hamburg districts.

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What is even better than listening to music? Making your own! This is the theme of the Elbphilharmonie’s music education programme, which includes age-appropriate concerts, creative workshops and musical encounters that allow visitors to actively participate.

Participation Events
Elfi Baby Concert

Elfi Baby Concerts

Elfi Baby Concerts

Ages 0–1

The ever-popular »Elfi Baby Concerts« are a wonderful time-out in the midst of chaotic everyday family life. These concerts invite parents of newborn babies and expectant mothers to relax on cushions and listen to the soothing string sounds of Ensemble Resonanz. The concerts take place at the Elbphilharmonie as well as in select Hamburg districts. There is plenty of room for pushchairs, and baby changing facilities are available at all concert venues.

Elfi Baby Concerts
Twinkle Concert S

Funkelkonzerte S / Twinkle Concerts S

Ages 1–3

At the centre of the vortex you’ll find the vibrant power of music and movement. In »Wirbel« (Vortex), five musicians accompany their young audience on a spiralling journey with elegant waltzes, gentle melodies and the eerie sound of a creaking door – musical theatre without spoken words but with plenty of musical twirls. In addition to this production, »Fogonogo« by the London-based ensemble Musical Rumpus is another of the Twinkle Concerts for one- to three-year-olds.

Funkelkonzerte S / Twinkle Concerts S
Twinkle Concert M

Funkelkonzerte M / Twinkle Concerts M

Ages 3–5

Ewald the young apple tree isn’t ready to put down roots yet, he’d rather do somersaults! »Well go on!« he shouts into the forest and the cry echoes back: »Go on!« So Ewald sets off. A wonderfully clever puppet theatre production with music by Handel, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák, and even featuring tango and swing – abstract, full of imagination and with loving attention to detail. Another of the Twinkle Concerts M is »Zweieinander« (T(w)o-each-other): a story about two friends that make music together – one using lips and breath, the other using hands and fingers.

Funkelkonzerte M / Twinkle Concerts M
Twinkle Concert L

Funkelkonzerte L / Twinkle Concerts L

Ages 5–7

The Twinkle Concerts for five- to seven-year-olds include a total of five productions. The Wiener Taschenoper performs Karlheinz Stockhausen’s »The Little Harlequin«. In »Sun, Moon and Strings«, the musicians of Ensemble Resonanz conduct all kinds of sound experiments with anything they can get their hands on, and all depending on how the capricious weather plays along. »BerBerio« is all about the composer Luciano Berio – perfect for fans of Gyro Gearloose and other creative minds! And the Brothers Kist will also be performing »Piapianissimo«.

Funkelkonzerte L / Twinkle Concerts L
Twinkle Concert XL

Funkelkonzerte XL / Twinkle Concerts XL

Ages 7+

When you move to another country, you’re jumping into cold water. So many new things to see and hear can be exciting and fascinating, but one has to get one’s bearings first – and deal with inevitable homesickness. In this thrilling production young listeners set off on a grand journey for America, the New World. Without words, a funny yet profound story unfolds accompanied by sounds and imaginative, live projected visuals. The music is by famous Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, who himself travelled to New York on a huge passenger ship. Ensemble Resonanz combines his music with self-mixed sound effects and American ragtime.

Funkelkonzerte XL / Twinkle Concerts XL
Twinkle Concert XXL

Funkelkonzert XXL / Twinkle Concert XXL

Ages 10+

When young people perform for young people everything starts to really twinkle – the artists on stage as well as the audience. The enthusiasm of the young musicians of the Felix Mendelssohn Jugendsinfonieorchesters and the Young ClassX Soloists Ensemble is infectious and – with interpretations of hits from the world of pop and classical music – demonstrates the power of music in bringing people together.

Funkelkonzert XXL / Twinkle Concert XXL