Image of a child conducting the orchestra.


“I’d never seen an orchestra play before, it was really magical.” Koala class (aged 9)

News: our 2023 concert dates are now published on our Concerts page

Children’s Concerts is a charity which aims to give thousands of primary-aged school children the opportunity to hear what a classical orchestra can do ‘live’.  For many children this will be the first time they hear and see a great group of musicians playing compositions by some of the world’s greatest composers, both old and new, in a concert hall.

These annual concerts, founded in 1994 by Elizabeth Gotto, have been made possible thanks to the support of John Lewis, Bedhampton Charitable Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the Colles Trust, the Boltini Trust, Hampshire District Council, Guildford Borough Council, Petersfield Town Council and many other generous donors in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. Children’s Concerts also acknowledges with gratitude the recent grant of financial support from the Sussex Community Foundation towards our aim of ensuring access to our concerts for all children, regardless of their social and financial circumstances.

Children’s Concerts is registered with the UK Charity Commission (1189148).

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