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Holiday Programme

There's no need for holidays to be boring: four Elbphilharmonie holiday workshops offer lots of different ways for children and young people to let off steam – creatively and musically!


The Elbphilharmonie’s holiday workshops give children and adolescents aged six and above the opportunity to try their hand at music, rhythm and dance. The workshops take place in the Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios, at Kampnagel and in various Hamburg districts.


phone: +49 40 357 666 336
(Tue–Fri; 12:00–15:00)

Klassiko Saitentag / String Day

For Children Aged 6-12

Would you listen to that plucking! It’s the musicians of Ensemble Resonanz – real experts when it comes to the violin, viola, cello and double bass. In the one-day autumn workshops they bring with them a large collection of instruments, explain their special characteristics and show what you can do with them. Of course, the participants also get an opportunity to try them out for themselves. Then, when building their own simple instruments, the children learn what elements are needed to make a string instrument sing.

Please note that only children may participate in the workshops.

One-Day Workshops with Ensemble Resonanz During the Autumn Break
11/12/13/14 Oct 2018 / 10:00-15:00
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
Participation fee: €5.00

Klassiko Saitentag

Klassiko Bläsertag / Brass Day

For Children Aged 6-12

They may lurk at the back of the orchestra but when they join forces things can get very loud and dramatic indeed: the trumpet, trombone, tuba and company are the powerhouse behind any symphony orchestra. But they can also produce wonderfully quiet and emotional sounds too. In these one-day workshops, professional brass players present the instruments in all their richness and diversity. Then, when building their own simple instruments, the children learn what elements are needed to make a wind instrument sound.

Please note that only children may participate in this workshop.

One-Day Workshops During the Spring Break
7/8/9/10 Mar 2019 / 10:00-15:00
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio



Advance booking starts on 8 January 2019

Participation fee: €5.00

Kreativ BeatObsession

For Children Aged 10+ and Teenagers

Feel the rhythm! In this BeatObsession workshop, participants get to drum on everything they can get their drumsticks on, from everyday objects such as pans, dustbins and wooden boxes to their own bodies. There is no limit to where their creativity can take them because it’s possible to produce cool beats on pretty much anything. For one whole week, children and teenagers explore their feel for rhythm under the guidance of professional drummers – before joining forces in a group to fire up a first-class display of beats. The workshops are also held in various Hamburg districts, and a closing concert will be given on the stage of the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall.

Please note that only children may participate in this workshop.

Workshops During the Spring Break
4-7 Mar 2019 / 10:00-12:00
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio and in various Hamburg districts

Supported by the Hamburger Volksbank.
In cooperation with the Begegnungsstätte Bergstedt, Honigfabrik Wilhelmsburg, Freie Kulturinitiative Jenfeld, Kl!ck Kindermuseum, SME e.V. and KIKU Lohbrügge.

Kreativ BeatObsession


Register from 8 January 2019

Free participation

Gamelan & Shadow Puppetry

For Teenagers Aged 12-16

In this holiday workshop we go on a journey to South-East Asia, and to Indonesia. Like in all other nations on earth, the Indonesians love to tell stories and fairy-tales, and these are often given musical accompaniment on the gamelan, a centuries-old constellation of instruments that includes gongs, drums and bronze mallet instruments. In this workshop the participants make this tradition come alive in the Kaistudio. While one group practices simple pieces on the gamelan, a second group narrates the adventures of Kancil, a small but shrewd mouse-deer, on a large shadow stage. The week ends with a joint closing performance.

Please note that only teenagers aged 12-16 may participate in this workshop.

Workshops During the Summer Holiday
6-10 Aug 2018
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios

Gamelan © Jann Wilken