Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A playful, interactive introduction to orchestral music
Relaxed Performance
Sat 3 Feb 14:00
Sat 3 Feb

Join musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a playful, interactive introduction to orchestral music!

Featuring 25 musicians and internationally renowned presenter Tim Steiner performing a range of music in ways you’ve never imagined, this event is specially designed for people who may find traditional concerts challenging to attend, including adults and children with learning disabilities, movement disorders, sensory impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, dementia and other neurological conditions, or those with young children or babies.

Including interactive elements, close-up experiences of the musicians, BSL interpretation, Makaton singalong, and gentle sensory elements, this performance is Relaxed, so attendees are welcome to enjoy the concert without worry. There will be opportunities to sing, dance, move about or just listen as preferred, and ‘chill out’ spaces will be available for anyone needing some quiet time before re-entering the auditorium. At the end of the concert, optional post-concert activities will invite you to try your hand at a range of musical activities, led by the RPO musicians themselves.

A sensory tour is available to book as a free add-on to your ticket (booking necessary as places are limited)

Tickets: From £6

1.15pm – 1.40pm: Sensory Introduction for audiences with sensory impairments (please book these as add-ons when registering your tickets for the main event)


1.40pm – 2.00pm: Auditorium doors open, audience take seats


2.00pm – c.2.50pm: Performance in Auditorium. Audiences are welcome to leave and return as required during the performance.


2.50pm – 3.20pm: Optional post-concert activities in smaller audience groups

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult

To find out more about accessibility at The Fire Station visit our Access page.

Additional Information:

  • Audience members with vision or hearing impairments who would benefit from familiarisation visits are invited to join members of the Orchestra for a short (c20min) pre-concert sensory introduction from 1.15pm. 
    Please book this as an ‘add on’ after you have put your tickets in the basket
  • Seating will be spaced out between groups to allow for easy movement within your group, with your choice of floor seats (mats will be provided) or chairs
  • Specific seats or spaces will be allocated on arrival, however, the seating type you select when booking will be available
  • Social stories introducing the venue and the show will be shared in advance of performances to bookers via email


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