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Young BFO

Young BFO

With a unique programme of musical education, the Budapest Festival Orchestra seeks to bring the treasures of classical music to children, families and young adults. For the youngest, we offer captivating discoveries of instruments and short melodies, while complete operas and symphonies are presented to older age groups. We want everyone to experience the inspiration music can provide.


Well-known and loved concert formats like the Cocoa Concerts will be continued in the next season, and we have added a specially developed concert for children with autism. We want to deepen our cooperation with partner schools and extend the programmes we offer to them. Since all rehearsals of the orchestra are broadcast live, students do not even need to leave their schools to be present at a rehearsal—the only thing required is access to the internet.

Schools are welcome to apply for participation in our partner schools programme (send your query to zenepedagogia@bfz.hu). Let our diverse education package introduce children to instruments, the richness of musical history, and the openness and creativity of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. The programmes on offer include Choose your Instrument, rehearsal visits, BFO Reaches Out!, and children’s opera.

At the events of BFO Reaches Out!, the Orchestra’s artists hold mini master classes and impromptu concerts in non-metropolitan areas. The programme even made a successful debut outside of Hungary, when it was presented during tours.

For older teenagers, we’ve just concluded our film competition, See What You Hear!, which links musical and

cinematic creativity. Meanwhile, the unforgettable concerts of the Midnight Music series continue to await those who live at night.

The Festival Orchestra would like to give music teachers and instrumental teachers close insight into how a symphony orchestra works, therefore we are inviting them to attend a concert rehearsal, which they can round off with an informal conversation with our musicians. Our new programme entitled Teachers’ Café will be arranged on two dates in the autumn and in the spring. For further information please contact us at zenepedagogia@bfz.hu.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is to expand its existing community programmes so that we could reach underprivileged children living on the countryside with the power of music.

In addition the Budapest Festival Orchestra develops a unique and substaintial education and outreach programme for disadvantaged young people from the countryside that will be feature a large scale dance performance in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square with the participation hundreds of children. There is now an opportunity for supporters to play a pivotal role in the evolution of this exciting project to become a key enabler of this important initiative (for more information please contact us at partner@bfz.hu).

Make sure you become familiar with the rich selection of programmes that the Budapest Festival Orchestra has to offer.

Orsolya Erdődy
Deputy Executive Director

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