During Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, we made a musical promise to the young people of this city, a promise our supporters have since made a reality. In 2008, 150 young musicians benefited from access to our youth ensembles and educational programmes. Our promise was to provide access to more musical experiences and a clear pathway on which to follow musical ambitions and educational goals.
Ten years on and now 1,500 children and young people receive regular musical training with Liverpool Philharmonic. This has been made possible by the support of thousands of donors who believe in helping young people achieve what is within their capabilities – but not always within their reach.
This growth has only been made possible with the support of thousands of donors who fund these vital programmes, which include:
In Harmony Liverpool - our music education and social change programme
In Harmony Liverpool is transforming lives in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas of Liverpool. Through free access to intensive orchestral music-making it is giving hundreds of young people who face significant challenges, opportunities they would never otherwise have. It is turning their community around, producing great musicians, improving wellbeing, skills and employability, raising aspirations, increasing pride and building stronger families.
More than 800 children are currently involved in regular music-making with In Harmony Liverpool. We want to expand this to 1,000 children by 2018, including more than 200 nursery aged children.
‘In Harmony Liverpool has given me the opportunity to meet new people, expand my social circle, develop life skills, and grow more confident. It helped me to focus and know what I want to do with my life.’ - In Harmony Liverpool student who began learning the cello aged 11 and has recently completed his first year studying at Edge Hill University.
Schools’ Concerts – welcoming over 18,000 children each year to their first orchestral performance
Our Schools’ Concerts introduce children to live orchestral music, often for the very first time. More than 18,000 children each year attend these fun and educational performances. The thrill of hearing something unexpected is often the spark that ignites a lifelong love of music.
‘I enjoyed The Firebird so much; you could say it melted my heart. I almost cried! I would 100% love to hear the orchestra again.’ - Pupil, Aged 9
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company - bringing together our youth ensembles, choirs, young composers and music industry career programmes
The launch of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company was a bold statement of our belief in our amazing young musicians, singers and composers, aspiring conductors, future technicians and orchestra managers, and the many others who come to share their love and talent for music.
From our new Young Composer’s Scheme, to our Youth Academy Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Youth Company Big Band, annual Music Industry Careers Day and the first Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra national tour in 10 years, this activity is only possible because of the support of donors who believe, as we do, in this vital work.
Your support will help us to continue demonstrating to our young people that they are the future of music, both in this city and far beyond it. We’ll create a nurturing environment and invest in opportunities to help them to realise their full talent.
So, as we now seek to grow support for these programmes, we do so not with a view to standing still but to investing more in the future. Our work with young people no longer plays second fiddle to our professional musicians in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
These talented musicians are front and centre of everything we do. We’re helping them to gain the skills they’ll need to make the most of their talent. And as we build a future audience for live orchestral music, or bring music into communities that face serious economic and social challenges, we do so firmly in the knowledge that we need always to justify the faith that our donors place in us to make a difference.
With your help, we’ll make that difference. We want to raise £100,000 by the end of 2017. Every donation will be used directly to support music for young people of all backgrounds in Liverpool.
By 2020, with your help, we want to have more than 2,000 children benefiting from a musical education of the highest quality. Your generosity allows us to grow our investment in young people. Together we can change lives through music.
Please give generously. Thank you.
You can donate now as a one-time gift or by direct debit
Or contact our Fundraising Team:
Telephone 0151 210 2921
You can also send a cheque payable to RLPS to Development Dept, Liverpool Philharmonic, Freepost LV7371, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BP.