Behind the scenes at BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

11 March 2013 Last updated at 16:04

School Reporters from Alsager School went behind the scenes of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and found out about some of the places in which they had performed their concerts.
Martin and Daniel from Alsager School
Martin, a clarinettist, and Dan, a saxophonist, were among a group of music students from Alsager School who visited the BBC's MediaCityUK headquarters in Salford to hear the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra record a concert for Radio 3 and to report on it for School Report.
Alsager School students
Schools took part in the Meet the Phil morning with the orchestra which gives pupils the exciting opportunity to hear some of greatest orchestral music ever written and also to meet and talk to players, conductors, composers, producers and staff from the BBC Philharmonic.
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
The audience are very close to the Orchestra during their performances in Salford. The Philharmonic is part of the BBC's family of six performing groups and tours widely around the UK and also internationally.
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
During the concert which all the students attended, the BBC Philharmonic's musicians played several pieces including HK Gruber's Northwind Pictures and Leonard Bernstein's Overture and Three Dance Episodes from On The Town.
Martin and Daniel from Alsager School
Martin and Daniel were given the chance to look around the stage and stopped to pose in front of the wind machine in the percussion section.
Martin and Daniel from Alsager School
The pair took their time to see everything that was on and around the stage before preparing to interview the Orchestra's principal cellist Peter Dixon and his wife and tutti first violin Clare.
Alsager School Report
Peter said his cello was made in Naples in 1693 and has an insurance value of £75,000. The students asked Peter and Clare the most memorable places in which they had played. Peter remembered performing in the freezing cold desert in Morocco while Clare recalled a concert in Beijing's Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium.
Martin and Daniel from Alsager School
Performance over and interview conducted, it was time for Martin and Daniel to get to work compiling their School Report piece.