In Harmony Liverpool: Celebrating 4 Years

The young musicians of In Harmony Liverpool will today celebrate four years of Liverpool Philharmonic’s ground-breaking project in West Everton with this now annual celebration concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The concert will feature performances by West Everton Children’s Orchestra (children and staff of Faith Primary School) and West Everton Super Strings in a programme that will include Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, Tchaikovsky’s Trepak and La Cucaracha.

For the grand finale, the 68 children in West Everton Children’s Orchestra and West Everton Super Strings and 11 staff from Faith Primary School will be joined on stage by 20 musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including Leader James Clark and Principal Bass, Marcel Becker, to perform the Finale from Dvořák’s New World Symphony.

A close to capacity audience for the concert will include families and representatives from West Everton, and 346 children from 8 schools, including In Harmony Leeds and In Harmony Newcastle, and special guests.

Liverpool Philharmonic has been leading In Harmony Liverpool for four years with our partner organisations in West Everton. A genuinely transformative music and social programme, inspired by Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema, In Harmony Liverpool  is engaging 190 children and young people aged 10 months old to 14 years old in West Everton in daily immersive music-making of the highest quality.

Since In Harmony Liverpool began in 2009, and immediately establishing West Everton Children’s Orchestra, it has reached a total of 283 children and their families.

In just 4 years, In Harmony Liverpool is demonstrating a dramatic impact in West Everton, highlighting a visionary model for community development, improved wellbeing and attainment, achieving the best for children, staff, parents and the community. Children are making outstanding progress in developing their musical ability as individuals and as an orchestra supported by Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony team.

In 2012, 81% of In Harmony Liverpool primary school leavers continued to learn their instrument on transition to secondary school, a remarkable achievement up from 7o% in 2011.

’The school’s involvement in a national music project is reaping exceptional rewards, especially in how it engages pupils in their learning and motivates them.” Ofsted

In Harmony is a national initiative established by Government and now funded by Arts Council England.   Other Arts Council England funded In Harmony programmes are now established in London, Leeds, Newcastle Gateshead, Nottingham, Telford and Stoke-on-Trent.

Including Arts Council England support, Liverpool Philharmonic has been successful in securing over £600,000 of support in the form of major gifts and donations from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Youth Music, and the Rayne Foundation, Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust, The Kinder Trust Award, The Granada Foundation, Faith Primary School, West Lancashire Freemasons Charity and private donors to continue In Harmony Liverpool through to March 2015, the 6th year of the programme, and also Liverpool Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary year.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“It’s fantastic to hear that the young musicians of Liverpool are ready to entertain the city with this concert celebrating In Harmony Liverpool’s 4th anniversary. It is an incredible programme that is nurturing and inspiring the talent of tomorrow, ensuring the continuation of Liverpool’s proud history of producing some of the UK’s most talented musicians.”

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“In Harmony is unique and utterly compelling. This is a programme that immerses children in how magical a musical experience can be. It allows them to explore their musical talents but it does so much more than that…it gives them confidence and social skills, it involves their families and their communities in a journey that is literally turning lives around.

“In Harmony is a great example of the power of the arts to make the world a better place and it’s brilliant to see this in action as In Harmony Liverpool celebrates this exciting milestone.”

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said:

“Over four years, with the support of funders and partners, it has been wonderful to witness how Faith Primary School and the wider West Everton Community have embraced In Harmony with such enthusiasm, commitment and enjoyment. We are delighted that so many people, including children from fellow In Harmony programmes nationally will be at the concert here to share in this celebration of the significant musical achievements of the children of In Harmony Liverpool who are learning to play, enjoy and succeed in orchestral music.”

Date created: March 22, 2013

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