Orchestral Families: Which musical instrument is right for you?

Explore the orchestral family guides to get a better understanding of each instrument and choose one to learn that's right for you.

Learning a musical instrument is a great way to stimulate your mind as you face a new challenge, and it can be physically good for you because of the expression of breath that's required for some of them.

Each guide will give you a brief description of the most recognisable instruments in an orchestra which are intended to help you choose an instrument to start learning.

Along with video examples performed by the BBC Philharmonic, you will learn about the history, sounds and skills gained from each orchestral family.

Which instrument do you want to play?

The brass family
The woodwind family
The string family
The percussion family