Royal Liverpool Philharmonic awarded over £300,000 by Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further expand In Harmony Liverpool

Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s new commitment builds on the Foundation’s previous investment for In Harmony Liverpool between 2012-2015.

A total of £329,000 to the project from 2016-2020 makes the Paul Hamlyn Foundation a major investor in In Harmony Liverpool, alongside Arts Council England and the Department for Education.

The funding will enable Liverpool Philharmonic to expand the transformative programme from its current reach of over 700 young people aged 0-18 to 1,000 by 2020. It will also allow for additional investment to the In Harmony Liverpool research and evaluation programme led by Dr. Susanne Burns, which last year revealed evidence that In Harmony Liverpool had positively contributed to children’s well-being, educational achievement, both musical and other, and had had a positive impact on families and family life in Everton.

With this backing, Liverpool Philharmonic also aims to invest in curriculum development and sharing of In Harmony pedagogy, practice and resources with teachers, the music education sector and other Sistema-inspired programmes in the UK and internationally.

Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive said:
‘We are incredibly grateful to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their further, substantial investment in the future of children and young people in Everton. Their commitment over four years will benefit hundreds of young people and families, and ensure that Liverpool Philharmonic can share our learning and practice throughout the field of music education in the UK and internationally.’

Régis Cochefert, Director, Grants and Programmes at Paul Hamlyn Foundation, said:
‘Paul Hamlyn Foundation is committed to helping people overcome disadvantage so they can enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. That is why we are glad to support the work of In Harmony Liverpool, and what it does for the young people in Everton and the wider community.

In Harmony Liverpool

In Harmony Liverpool, inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, was established in 2009 in Faith Primary School with 84 children. Since then, it has expanded so that 720 children and young people aged 0-18 and their families now take part in orchestral music-making of the highest quality every week, free of charge, in and out of school. Music making takes place at Faith Primary School, The Beacon CE Primary School, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre and at Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary, our rehearsal centre in West Everton.

In Harmony Liverpool includes repertoire from across music genres including classical, pop, traditional and new music. Performance and musical excellence is at the heart of In Harmony. Children perform between 3-12 times each year in community settings in Liverpool and perform in premier venues including Liverpool Philharmonic Hall every year and London’s Royal Albert Hall and Southbank Centre. Creativity is encouraged through creative music making and composing new music from an early age.

In Harmony Liverpool activities include weekly parents and tots drop in sessions; up to two hours of music making for early years children; twice weekly group instrumental tuition from age five onwards; weekly orchestra rehearsals from age seven, primary school provision up to four hours a week music making in curriculum time, after school ensembles for primary aged children and twice weekly after school orchestras, sectionals and tuition for older young people.

Evaluation and Research

In Harmony Liverpool has since 2009 included a longitudinal evaluation led by Dr Susanne Burns, and recently supported through additional research by Professor Jude Robinson from University of Liverpool.

The Burns and Robinson reports reveal that:

• In Harmony Liverpool has positively contributed to children’s educational achievement, both through musical skills development and performance, and in other academic subjects such as Maths and English through increased motivation to learn, concentration, focus and confidence.

• 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.

In Harmony Liverpool was established in Everton in 2009 and is led by Liverpool Philharmonic’s team of professional music leaders, including musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with partners Faith Primary School, The Beacon CE Primary School, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Resonate Liverpool’s Music Hub, West Everton Community Council, The Shewsy, Liverpool Hope University, University of Liverpool and participating children and families.

In Harmony in England
In Harmony is a national initiative that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children through community-based orchestral music-making. It uses the principles of Venezuela’s inspirational El Sistema.

Established by Government and now funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, 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 and Department for Education support, Liverpool Philharmonic has been successful in securing additional support for In Harmony Liverpool in the form of major gifts and donations from its two Principal Partners, Investec Wealth & Investment and Liverpool John Moores University; Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Youth Music, Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, The Beacon CE Primary School, The Eric & Margaret Kinder Charitable Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre, Faith Primary School, The Granada Foundation, The Henby Trust, Liverpooljazz, Lord Leverhulme’s Charitable Trust, The Oglesby Charitable Trust In Harmony Liverpool Fund, P. H. Holt Foundation, The Rushworth Foundation, West Lancashire Freemasons Charity and private donors.

Media enquiries and further information from
Jayne Garrity, Head of Communications, Liverpool Philharmonic
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