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An initiative of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

The Future Lab concept was created in Germany in 2007 under the name Zukunftslabor (Future Laboratory),

an initiative of The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
More then ten years ago, this world-class orchestra moved its rehearsal spaces into the building of a public school located in a socially challenging neighbourhood in Bremen-East.

In the heart of the multicultural district, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen engages in relationship-building with the entire community. This shared experience has resulted in an inclusive socio-cultural ecosystem that contributes to local development and social cohesion. The most important aspect of the Zukunftslabor is that the programs are offered continuously

and reliably and that they are based on building personal relationships on an equal footing. Students can participate several times during their school life, and they decide freely on their involvement. As a result, the program helps to foster their personal development and their social skills. That is why “developing society and individual potential through music” is its mission statement.

The innovative and committed approach in the field of musical and cultural education has been honored on numerous occasions. Two years after the launch of the project, the German Minister for Culture declared the Zukunftslabor a “nationwide pilot project in the area of cultural education”.

©Oliver Reetz



A world-renowned, committed and innovative orchestra in the fields of culture and music

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is one of the world’s leading orchestras, captivating audiences everywhere with its unique style of music-making. The Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi has been the orchestra’s Artistic Director since 2004.

One of the many highlights of the collaboration with Paavo Järvi has been their Beethoven Project, on which conductor and orchestra concentrated for six years. Their Beethoven interpretations have been acclaimed worldwide by audiences and critics alike as benchmark performances. Following the Beethoven Project The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Paavo Järvi focused on Robert Schumann’s symphonic works with equal success.
The latest project of the orchestra and its conductor is the German composer Johannes Brahms. The first CD (Sony/RCA) of the project – Symphony No. 2, Tragic Ouverture and the Academic Festival Ouverture – was released in autumn2017 and received the Opus Klassik in October 2018. The second CD, including Symphony No. 1 and the Haydn-Variations, followed in autumn 2018.
Highlight of the project was the performance of “A German Requiem” on the 10th of April 2018 at Bremen Cathedral, 150 years after the first performance.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen received numerous prestigious awards including several Echo Klassik and Diapason d’Or and was honoured as first orchestra with the German Record Critics’ Certificate of Special Merit. The unique educational collaboration with the Bremen East Comprehensive School, “Future Lab/Zukunftslabor”, has been recognized with numerous awards from the beginning, including the Zukunftsaward (Future Award) as best social innovation and Echo Klassik.

The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen is permanent guest orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Festival Orchestra of Kissinger Sommer.

Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost (GSO)

The Gesamtschule Bremen-Ost is a German Comprehensive School, located in Bremen´s district OsterholzTenever. It counts with 1300 students. Their families come from over 80 different countries. This variety of culture, religions and habits represents an enrichment for the School. All children are welcome. There are many students with exceptional skills and special abilities as well as children who need individual aid and support.

The School starts in 5th grade and each grade consists of six classes. Each class has up to 25 children.

In 10th grade, the students graduate with their Secondary Exams. Afterwards, they continue with a professional training. Those who qualified for Higher Secondary Education and aim to achieve their “Abitur” (which qualifies them for studying in University) stay at the GSO until 13th grade.

In addition to the general subjects, all students select together with their parents a special profile: Music, Theatre, Sciences or Research. They receive some extra lessons in their chosen profile. Special projects also treat topics that are relevant in society.

The class teachers are supported by Social education workers, which accompany the students in their learning process, go on school trips and support the work with the parents. Special education teachers support certain students individually in case of special education needs.

The School´s Administration organizes the daily routines and takes care of administrative matters. It consists of a director, a deputy director, a pedagogic manager and a senior class’s manager. Each school year has its proper managers, who lead and supervise the students, together with the School´s Administration. A committee discusses important decisions and many of the developments within the School and the classes are tried out and evaluated by a team.

The Gesamtschule Bremen Ost is a full-time day school. Classes start at 8 am. Three times a week, there are lessons until 4pm. The students have lunch together in the School´s canteen.

©Wolfgang Rußek

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