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Orchestral Instruments

Instruments of the Orchestra

 

Here is a poster of all the instruments and their names. Can you see them in the picture above?

THE STRING FAMILY

 

Here are all the members of the string family. This is the biggest section of the orchestra.

Here is a guide to the string instruments.  Please dip into the videos, you don't have to listen to all of the explanations or performances.

Violin

In this film, Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay introduces his instrument - the violin. To learn more about the violin visit philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/viol...

Viola

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Cello

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Double Bass

In this film, Michael Fuller introduces his instrument - the double bass. To learn more about the double bass visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/ins...

Harp

In this film, Ruth Holden introduces her instrument - the concert pedal harp. To learn more about the harp visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instru...

Pachelbel - Canon - Stringspace String Quartet

A string quartet has two violins, a viola and a cello playing. Can you recognise which is which?

Nigel Kennedy - Vivaldi "Summer" 3rd Movement

Nigel Kennedy is a famous violinist. Watch how fast he plays!

Vanessa-Mae plays Toccata & Fugue

Vanessa-Mae is another great violinist who puts a modern twist on to classical music!

THE BRASS FAMILY

This is the brass family. Which do you think makes the lowest notes?

Instrument: Trumpet

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Instrument: Trombone

In this film, Byron Fulcher introduces his instrument - the trombone. To learn more about the trombone visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instrument...

Instrument: Horn

In this film, Katy Woolley introduces her instrument - the horn. To learn more about the horn visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/horn Su...

Instrument: Tuba

In this film, Andrew Cresci introduces his instrument - the tuba. To learn more about the tuba visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/tuba S...

Flight of the Tuba Bumblebee - Canadian Brass

Look how fast they can play the flight of the bumble bee!

Uptown Funk - 45th Anniversary Disneyland Resort All-American College Band

There are lots of brass marching bands in America. Can you spot the Sousaphone which wraps around your body? Did you know that even though the saxophone is made out of brass it is actually a woodwind instrument because it has a reed?

Louis Armstrong sings "Mack the Knife"

Louis Armstrong was a very famous Trumpeter. He usually played Jazz music. He also sings too and his voice is very distinctive!

"Bonehemian Rhapsody" 28-Trombone Collaboration! (from ITF 2018!)

Listen to this amazing rendition of Bo Rhap!

THE WOODWIND FAMILY

This is the woodwind family. Notice that saxophones are in this family not in the brass family. This is because like Clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones have a reed that makes the sound.

Instrument: Flute

In this film, Samuel Coles introduces his instrument - the flute. To learn more about the flute visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/flute...

Instrument: Piccolo

In this film, Keith Bragg introduces his instrument - the piccolo. To learn more about the piccolo visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/pi...

Instrument: Oboe

In this film, Timothy Rundle introduces his instrument - the oboe. To learn more about the oboe visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/oboe ...

Instrument: Clarinet

In this film, Mark van de Wiel introduces his instrument - the clarinet. To learn more about the clarinet visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instrum...

Instrument: Bassoon

In this film, Amy Harman introduces her instrument - the bassoon. To learn more about the bassoon visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/bas...

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2 - Carion Wind Quintet

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra, David M.A.P. Palmquist, arr. "Night at the Theater" program feature DÓRA SERES, flute EGIL...

Fireflies - Wind Quintet Cover

Can you spot the odd one out? Which isn't a woodwind instrument?

THE PERCUSSION FAMILY

 

 

Even though people think these are the easiest instruments to play, musicians who play the members of the percussion family have to count and wait for their solo to come about! It's quite a tricky job!

TUNED PERCUSSION

Instruments: Percussion

In this film, David Corkhill introduces some of his instruments in the percussion section. Vibraphone - 00:07 Xylophone - 02:29 Marimba - 03:31 Glockenspiel ...

Instrument: Celeste

In this film, Elizabeth Burley introduces her instrument - the celeste. To learn more about keyboard instruments in the orchestra visit http://www.philharmon...

Instrument: Timpani

In this film, Andy Smith introduces his instruments - the timpani. To learn more about the timpani visit http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments/ti...

Harry Potter theme on a Real Celesta! Hedwig's theme by Argentina Durán

The Harry Potter theme played on a real Celesta. (Hedwig's theme) My other channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Argentina921227 subscribe for more videos!

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