Outreach and Education

Music has opened our minds and hearts and broadened our lives, and we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience its richness. Our school and community partnerships, social initiatives, and outreach programmes that sometimes accompany concert tours, all bring the beauty of music to the wider global community.

To get in touch about our learning projects please contact Valentina Katharina Georgoulopoulos at +49 30 41 71 79 – 18 or by email at valentina@mahlerchamber.com

Feel the music

Feel the Music opens up the world of music to deaf and hard of hearing children. During interactive workshops in schools for the deaf and at the concert hall, children and musicians explore how to experience music through all of their senses. The programme was developed as part of the Beethoven Journey with Leif Ove Andsnes in 2012, and is as enriching for the orchestra musicians as it is for the children, teachers and parents.

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Unboxing Mozart

UNBOXING MOZART is an interactive concert introduction, based on Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 20, that reinvents the traditional pre-concert lecture. With the help of special sound boxes, participants take on the role of a musician to dive into the music, get to know the instruments of the orchestra and come together with fellow participants to play passages from the concerto. The programme was developed in 2019 by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Invisible Playground collective as part of MOZART MOMENTUM 1785/1786, the multi-year project marking the renewed collaboration of Leif Ove Andsnes and the MCO.

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"la Caixa" Foundation presents Symphony, a virtual reality project featuring Gustavo Dudamel, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and 41 young musicians from across the globe, which embarked on a ten-year tour across Spain and Portugal in September 2020.

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community partnerships

MCO partnerships, community projects and social initiatives help the MCO bring music to all kinds of surprising places. The orchestra worked with music therapists while on tour in Ferrara, and played solo and chamber music concerts for hospital patients in Reykjavik. They also collaborated with the outreach initiative Songbound while on tour in India in 2012, giving children in impoverished areas access to music.

Some partnerships produce one-time events and others long-term collaborations – but every single one aims to make the world a brighter place for people through musical engagement.

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school partnerships

We are delighted to partner with schools and encourage young people to engage with music. Whenever we have the opportunity, we invite young people to attend rehearsals, talks given by musicians, and hands-on workshops. Some of our partnerships have been ongoing for years with the same group of students.

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