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Pipe Up Schools: Meet the Royal Festival Hall Organ

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Get up close and personal with the magnificent Royal Festival Hall organ in a hands-on workshop suited for students in primary or secondary school.

The awe-inspiring pipe organ is also known as the ‘king of instruments’. It can be played louder than a whole orchestra or quieter than the smallest instrument, with pipes as tall as Royal Festival Hall itself and as narrow as your little finger.

This musical marvel is somehow constructed out of stops, bellows, pedals and pipes. It’s made of a dizzying combination of woods, metals, leather and electronics. How do these parts fit together? How can one organist play almost 8,000 pipes at once?

Each 90-minute session gets up close and hands-on with the king of instruments and includes an organ discovery workshop, guided behind-the-scenes organ tour and brief recital in Royal Festival Hall.

Each session can be tailored to fit your specific needs for upper KS1, KS2 or KS3, emphasising any of these themes:
- Science of sound and acoustics: how sound is made and travels
- Building blocks of music: pitch, rhythm, timbre, harmony, melody variations
- Music through the ages: how music and the instrument has developed across time

Workshops are led by Southbank Centre’s Organ Scholar or Organ Curator.

Dates & times

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where

Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£50, bursary places available
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
£50

need to know

Ticketing
The total cost of Pipe Up Schools is £50.

Please note, these workshops are not available to book online. To book, please contact our group bookings team on 020 7960 4225 or groups@southbankcentre.co.uk

A limited number of dates are available free of charge to Lambeth schools. Please email with the relevant circumstances to apply for a bursary place to schools@southbankcentre.co.uk

Event information
This 90-minute experience includes an organ discovery workshop, guided behind-the-scenes organ tour, and brief recital in Royal Festival Hall for one class of up to 32 students.

Meet at Welcome Desk, Level 2, Royal Festival Hall.

Dates & times
Mon 11 Feb: 10.30am – 12 noon; 12 noon – 1.30pm
Tue 5 Mar: 10.30am – 12 noon; 12 noon – 1.30pm
Wed 6 Mar: 10.30am – 12 noon; 12 noon – 1.30pm
Mon 18 Mar: 10.30am – 12 noon; 12 noon – 1.30pm
Tue 19 Mar: 10.30am – 12 noon; 12 noon – 1.30pm
Wed 15 May: 10.30am – 12 noon