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In Harmony in Liverpool

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Liverpool Phil wins unprecedented national investment for Children’s Music Education.

DCSF names Liverpool as one of 3 recipients of £3million funding for In Harmony community development music project

The DCSF today announced that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has successfully bid for and won one of the three national pilots for the Government’s In Harmony scheme to deliver an intensive music programme for children in West Everton, situated on the edge of Liverpool city centre. The area, which has suffered long term deprivation, is currently ranked the 144th most deprived community in England, out of a total 32,482 areas.

The highly competitive bid process invited tenders for the pilot scheme from across the country. Of three successful bids, the Liverpool Phil’s was the only successful bid from the North of England. The two other pilot programmes are in London and Norwich with each recipient winning a share of £3million over the next three years for In Harmony projects.

In Harmony is the community development project aimed at using music to bring positive change to the lives of children in the most deprived areas of England, delivering benefits across the wider community. It is inspired by the hugely successful Venezuelan project El Sistema and is chaired by world renowned cellist, Julian Lloyd-Webber. The programme encourages participation in music – in the form of the symphony orchestra – which can inspire and support the social development of children through relationships with musicians at the top of their profession.

In Harmony in Liverpool builds on the models and achievements of the Liverpool Phil’s visionary learning programmes, delivered in partnership with education and regeneration agencies, which are transforming lives and inspiring communities through music and music-making. The programme will make music part of everyday life and contribute to a new culture of confidence and achievement within one of Britain’s poorest communities.

Photo Left to Right: Peter Garden, the Phil's Executive Director (Learning & Engagement); Schools Minister, Sarah McCarthy-Fry; Cllr Jane Corbett, West Everton Ward; and Julian LLoyd-Webber, Chair of In Harmony).

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