Evaluation Criteria for Primary Schools – 7. Attending Live Performances

Do all children have an opportunity to enjoy live performances at least once a year?

Most year groups have the opportunity to see a live, or if necessary virtual, performance within a year.
Instrumental teachers are utilised to give solo demos and as such pupils hear live music in an assembly.
Pupils in most year groups have an opportunity to watch a live performance.
The school engage with Gigs For Kids or a similar small ensemble performance provision so pupils can see ensemble playing.
All year groups get the opportunity to watch a live performance.
The school ensures pupils experience solo and ensemble performances, but also engages with an orchestral experience. An experience such as Philharmonia Unwrapped, LSO Discovery or CBSO Schools, every pupil will experience this before leaving the school.
Every year group watches a live performance at least once a year. Genres are mapped into this so children experience a variety of music.
The school engage with all things focusing, developing and secure, as well as engaging their own performances with quality musicians and performers. Pupils engage with professional musicians and see the value in music as a potential career as well as visit some of the countries amazing venues.


Our Gigs4Kids programme aims to offer an annual live performance to all primary schools. From string and wind groups to rock/pop bands, rappers and beatboxers, these concerts can inspire children to want more music in their lives and develop understanding of a range of instruments and musical concepts.

We offer one hour consultation free to each school to support the development of music provision in your setting. Details of all our school support can be found here.

Orchestra unwrapped is a fantastic opportunity for primary school children to experience live orchestral music performed by world-class musicians. For more details see the Philharmonia website.