How old were you when you first saw an orchestra live?

Going to see a live orchestra for the first time is a truly powerful, magical thing, even more so if you’re quite young and still seeing the world through a child’s eyes.

Unfortunately, there are still countless barriers that prevent lots of children in the UK and beyond from experiencing the joys of a live orchestral performance – cost being one of them.

To help tackle this, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is putting on a series of daytime concerts that link to what school children are learning in school, with over 16,000 expected to attend, 60% of whom will be hearing a live orchestra for the first time.

Tickets cost £9, with schools asked to pay a nominal amount, but even this is too much for some of the most disadvantaged teaching establishments in south London, so the LPO is asking for £9 donations from classical music lovers to enable a further 2,500 children make it to these concerts free of charge.

Followers of the Two Moors Festival will know how much we strive to improve classical music education in schools in the south-west and we’re always pleased to hear of other initiatives further afield, so please do take some time to help fill the concert hall and pick which seats you’d like to donate.

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