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What does the Elbphilharmonie sound like? Young sound detectives were listening carefully on Family Day.

A total of 150 children embarked on our »Klangsafari« on Family Day, which marked the finale of the Elbphilharmonie’s opening festival. Equipped with recording devices, the participants embarked on a hunt for interesting noises, big and small. Listen to the captured sounds here!

Flying Fish

The colourful silk fish explored the Elbphilharmonie with the kids – accompanied by the sounds of a Far East percussion instrument.

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Flying Fish
Flying Fish © Claudia Höhne

Pipe Organ in the Grand Hall

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna knows the Elbphilharmonie organ inside and out. As a titular organist, she develops programme ideas for the organ and can, of course, also be heard performing in concert herself. During Family Day she explained the special features of this impressive instrument to the enthusiastic children.

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Elbphilharmonie Organ / Iveta Apkalna
Elbphilharmonie Organ / Iveta Apkalna © Claudia Höhne

Concert with Robert Metcalf

Singer-songwriter Robert Metcalf sang the »Blablabla« song with the children.

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Robert Metcalf
Robert Metcalf © Claudia Höhne

The Sound Machine

Composer Ferdinand Försch has built a sound machine that can play all by itself. The spellbound sound explorers captured the machine’s spherical tones.

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Sound installation Ferdinand Försch
Sound installation Ferdinand Försch © Claudia Höhne

Brass in the Five

The sound detectives also discovered interesting tones during the Family Day concert with the funny hobgoblins in the Recital Hall.

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Die sechs Kobolde aus dem Blechwald
Die sechs Kobolde aus dem Blechwald © Jann Wilken

The Inventions of Ferdinand Försch

Composer and instrument builder Ferdinand Försch plays his own inventions: the machine is played with violin bows; drums and timpanis are also integrated.

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Sound installation Ferdinand Försch
Sound installation Ferdinand Försch © Claudia Höhne

NDR Big Band in the Grand Hall

Even the youngest children showed potential as sound explorers. The NDR Big Band’s percussion can be heared in the Grand Hall.

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Sound Explorers on Family Day
Sound Explorers on Family Day © Claudia Höhne

Elbtonal Percussion in the Recital Hall

The Hamburg-based percussion ensemble »Elbtonal Percussion« presented all the things you can do with drums in the Recital Hall. Their large instrumentarium consists of different drums, timpani, marimbas, vibraphones and gongs.

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Elbtonal Percussion
Elbtonal Percussion © Claudia Höhne

Gamelan Workshop

Bronze gongs and metallophones – these make up the traditional Gamelan orchestra from Indonesia.

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Gamelan Workshop
Gamelan Workshop © Jann Wilken

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra & Krzysztof Urbánski

The final cadence and thunderous applause at the open rehearsal of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in the Grand Hall.

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NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Krzysztof Urbański
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Krzysztof Urbański © Claudia Höhne

Coffee Machine

Plenty of coffee was brewed for the 7,500 visitors to Family Day – one of the sound detectives captured the unforgettable sounds of a coffee machine.

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Plaza on Family Day
Plaza on Family Day © Claudia Höhne

Hiphop Academy in the Recital Hall

The HipHop Academy Hamburg is a free training programme for young people that offers courses in all branches of hip-hop culture: breakdance, rap, singing, DJing and beatboxing. During Family Day, the Academy’s coaches gave an insight into the varied programme.

Family Day / Hiphop Academy
Family Day / Hiphop Academy © Claudia Höhne

In the Foyers

This is what the marble tables in the foyers sound like.

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Foyer Großer Saal / Familientag
Foyer Großer Saal / Familientag © Claudia Höhne

Edgar Moreau in the Sky Lounge

Twenty-two-year-old cellist Edgar Moreau was not only to be heard at the »Rising Stars« festival. On Family Day, he presented his cello to the interested audience.

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Edgar Moreau
Edgar Moreau © Julien Mignot / Erato

Sky Lounge / Window

Everyone knows them: the Elbphilharmonie’s large concave and convex windows. But what do they sound like? On Family Day, sound detectives found this out in the Sky Lounge on the 20th floor. Receptions in a small setting usually take place here – with breathtaking views and a private roof terrace. The Sky Lounge was open to all visitors on Family Day.

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Familientag / Klangsafari
Familientag / Klangsafari © Claudia Höhne

Choir Singing in the Foyers

The vocal ensemble »Septesse« from Luisen-Gymnasium Bergedorf presented modern choral works accompanyed by the piano.

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Grand Hall Foyer / Family Day
Grand Hall Foyer / Family Day © Claudia Höhne

Rehearsal in the Grand Hall

The musicians of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra tune their instruments for the open rehearsal in the Grand Hall.

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Family Day / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Rehearsal
Family Day / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Rehearsal © Claudia Höhne
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