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Play Music! For the first time ever, a concert hall has founded five orchestras and ensembles for dedicated non-professionals. Learn more about the Elbphilharmonie ensembles.

Play Music!

A concert hall for everyone – this is the principle upon which the Elbphilharmonie is based, and a motto that it takes quite literally. For the first time ever, a concert hall has founded five orchestras and ensembles for dedicated non-professionals at the same time. The Elbphilharmonie is what you make of it!

Discover Your Talent

Since it was opened, the Elbphilharmonie has maintained six orchestras and ensembles of its own. With the distinguishing feature that the players are not professionals, but normal everyday people. Youngsters and older people, experienced musicians and inquisitive beginners, people of different cultural backgrounds. They meet to rehearse once a week, bringing their personal talents and passions with them – and make a significant contribution to the Elbphilharmonie.

Learn more about the ensembles on the Elbphilharmonie Blog

Information

mitmachen@elbphilharmonie.de
phone: +49 40 357 666 336
(Tue-Fri / 12:00-15:00)

Publikumsorchester / Audience Orchestra

In the Publikumsorchester, dedicated non-professionals of all ages come together to share their love for music. The requirements for participation include an intermediate level of playing, confidence in reading music and some orchestral experience.

The Publikumsorchester performs twice a year in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall. Michael Petermann, the Director of the Hamburger Konservatorium, conducts the orchestra.

Rehearsal day & time: Wednesdays, 19:15–21:45
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 2 September 2020
First spring rehearsal: 3 February 2021

Supported by Aurubis AG
In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Find out more about the Audience Orchestra on the Elbphilharmonie Blog
Publikumsorchester

Autumn Registration

Currently there are no open positions available.

Monthly participation fee: € 10

Kreativorchester / Creative Orchestra

Just go on and try it out – members of the Kreativorchester (Creative Orchestra) can take this as their motto and let off musical steam without any inhibitions. Any instrument is welcome, and those who can't play an instrument yet are welcome too. Everything imaginable is used to make music here: traditional musical instruments as much as everyday objects or even one's own body. An artistic team introduces the members to rhythms, patterns und improvisation, and the line-up changes every six months.

Rehearsal day & time: Thursdays, 18:00–20:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 3 September 2020
First spring rehearsal: 4 February 2021

Creative Orchestra

Autumn Registration

Registration no longer possible.

Registration for Spring 2021 starts from December 2020

Monthly participation fee: € 10

Gamelan Ensemble I

for Beginners

With the Gamelan Ensemble, the Elbphilharmonie brings south-eastern Asia to Hamburg. Invented on the islands of Java and Bali, the exotic sounds of the gongs and drums continue to captivate Western ears to this day. This special music makes it own appearance at the Elbphilharmonie: participants learn how to play on a unique, 70-year-old set of gamelan instruments, under the professional guidance of the experienced musician Steven Tanoto. During rehearsals, focus is placed more on collective harmony than individual performance.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 16:30–18:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 7 September 2020
First spring rehearsal: 8 February 2021

Learn more about gamelan on the Elbphilharmonie Blog
Gamelan

Autumn Registration for Beginners

Registration no longer possible.

Registration for Spring 2021 starts from December 2021.

Monthly participation fee: € 10

Gamelan Ensemble II

for Intermediates

This course is offered to intermediate players who have previously taken part in the Gamelan Ensemble at the Elbphilharmonie.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 18:30–20:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 7 September 2020
First spring rehearsal: 8 February 2021

Autumn Registration for Intermediates

Registration no longer possible.

Registration for spring 2021 starts from December 2020.

Monthly participation fee: € 10

Family Orchestra

The Familienorchester (Family Orchestra) brings generations together: children, parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Music is made once a week with one another – each as best he can.

An equally warm welcome awaits if you come by yourself – fun comes first in the Familienorchester. Here, too, there are weekly rehearsals for a concert in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall, but the pieces are specially arranged so that beginners can also join in. Christine Philippsen from the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg is the Artistic Director of the Familienorchester.

Rehearsal day & time: Tuesdays, 18:00–19:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First rehearsal: 1 September 2020

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie
In cooperation with the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg

Learn more about the Family Orchestra
Family Orchestra

Registration

Open Positions: 1 bassoon, 2 violincello

Register by 11 Aug 2020

Monthly participation fee: € 10