Music Matters! Reports Reveal Positive Impacts as In Harmony Liverpool Celebrates 7th Birthday

Two new reports produced by evaluation consultant Dr Susanne Burns and University of Liverpool’s Professor Jude Robinson reveal the positive impacts of In Harmony Liverpool on children, their families and the wider community.

In Harmony Liverpool 6 Year Evaluation Report (Burns) and Playing at Home: How Families Engage with In Harmony Liverpool (Robinson) have been published in advance of the annual In Harmony Liverpool birthday concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (7 March) which will celebrate seven years of the transformational music programme.

The Burns and Robinson reports reveal that:

In Harmony Liverpool has played a prominent role in children’s educational achievement, both through musical skills development and performance, and in other academic subjects such as Maths and English.
In Harmony Liverpool has led to improvements in children's wellbeing, particularly aspiration and resilience, as well as their sense of belonging and pride in their community.
In Harmony Liverpool has had a positive impact on families and family life in Everton, particularly through parents’ engagement with their children's learning and relationship with their school and community.

Established by Liverpool Philharmonic in 2009 in Faith Primary School, In Harmony Liverpool uses orchestral music-making to improve the health, education and aspirations of children and young people in Everton.

'The Phil is really big... I like showing off at work about it. It's like Liverpool FC coming in to teach football.'

(Parent quoted in Burns' report).

'But an event like going down to the birthday concerts (at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and taking family, you know? This year's one, oh I was in tears. You'd have to be pretty cold to say it doesn't make you well up, or make you proud, because it does, it really, really does.'

(Parent quoted in Robinson's report).

In 2015, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre and The Beacon CE Primary School joined the programme increasing In Harmony Liverpool’s reach from working with 84 children in 2009 to 720 children aged 0-17 and their families in 2016, all taking part in orchestral music-making of the highest quality every week, free of charge, in and out of school.

In Harmony Liverpool delivers a comprehensive programme of orchestral music making, performing repertoire from across music genres including classical, pop, traditional and new music.

Children perform between 3-12 times each year in community settings in Liverpool. Children, families and Everton residents regularly attend concerts and events at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Children have also performed in premier venues including Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre.

Liverpool City Council Cabinet member and Councillor for Everton, Jane Corbett said: ‘For our children to be taught by musicians from the Philharmonic, for them to become our friends, and for the Philharmonic to become like a second home to our community, is something very special. We’re all learning from each other, the educational attainment and health of the children is increasing dramatically, and classical music is no longer a world that we’re excluded from…it’s now our world, we love being in it, and we love having the opportunity to share it with others.’

Peter Garden, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Executive Director of Performance and Learning said: ‘These two reports show In Harmony Liverpool is proving to be an exemplar of how an organisation with international status can and should have real and positive impacts in its own city and community.

‘The long term commitment to In Harmony Liverpool by all involved has been crucial to its success and impact with hundreds of children and families. We remain incredibly grateful to the children, families, school staff, partners and Everton community for their support, commitment and enthusiasm for In Harmony.’

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