Latest Prom Information
All children participating in the Prom on 1st September should have received a letter this week with more details. If you haven't seen this letter, please let us know, and we will shortly be uploading a version to the bottom of this page.
In Harmony Newsletter out now!
Read all about it! The latest issue of the In Harmony Newsletter is now out. As well as being distributed through Faith Primary and around the community, you can also download a copy at the bottom of this page.
It's packed with all the latest in Harmony news, loads of pictures from our recent 4th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Philharmonic Hall, and this issue also features a special news report from Year 4 at Faith Primary!
New Contact Policy
To contact In Harmony Liverpool, first try calling the In Harmony mobile on:
Or if your query is less urgent, you can contact Jon and Zoe on the following email addresses:
If you can’t reach us on the mobile, you can try contacting Faith Primary School or Beacon Primary School, who can reach us in an emergency:
Faith Primary School 0151 233 5092
Beacon Primary School 0151 263 4206
If you still cannot reach us, you can try The Friary or Liverpool Philharmonic Stage Door, who can reach us in an emergency.
The Friary 0151 207 9982
Liverpool Philharmonic Stage Door 0151 210 2895
For any information regarding letters that have gone out, activity that is coming up, or dates of events/clubs, please check this webpage first.
BBC Proms 2013: Royal Albert Hall
We can’t quite believe it, but YES: In Harmony Liverpool is taking a group of 60 young musicians from West Everton to perform in a Family Prom on Sunday 1 September 2013 at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms – one of the world’s greatest classical music festivals. This is an extremely exciting opportunity for our young musicians and a real privilege that the children have been invited to take part alongside Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and children from Liverpool Philharmonic’s Melody Makers and Training Choirs.
The event will be broadcast live on Radio 3.
We are still finalising all details for this event as it involves so many different people! However we can announce that we will be issuing more information about parents tickets, and the performers travel/accommodation arrangements in mid/late June. Watch this space!
4th Anniversary Celebration ConcertOn 22 March 2013, In Harmony Liverpool celebrated it's 4th birthday with a celebration concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. West Everton Children's Orchestra and West Everton Super Strings performed to an audience of parents and general public, who battled through blizzards to join in the birthday party. You can see a short video here from the concert, featuring an arrangement of the recent One Direction hit "What Makes You Beautiful". You can also see some of the best pictures from the concert, along with pictures from our side-by-side rehearsal with the RLPO in January, in our latest Newsletter - Issue 15 - available at the bottom of this page.
In Harmony Newcastle Gateshead were due to join us for our birthday celebrations in March, but unfortunately couldn't attend due to the inclement weather. To help us celebrate our Fourth Birthday, the Year 1 and 2 students from Hawthorn Primary School sent us this lovely message.
Background of the Programme
In Harmony Liverpool is led by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, one of the UK’s leading music organisations including a symphony orchestra, ensembles, concert hall and extensive learning programme. The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is a symphony orchestra at the height of its powers which, during the last five years, has built a global reputation for excellence under the leadership of Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko.
"I saw the government’s In Harmony scheme in action in Liverpool and what an astonishing, inspiring experience it was… seeing it in action is the sort of experience that would make a music-educational evangelist of any politician." Tom Service, The Guardian Classical Blog.
"In Harmony is transforming the school and has brought a new energy to our community." Sister Moira Meeghan, Head Teacher, Faith Primary School.
"The quality of music teaching enjoyed by pupils in group lessons is outstanding. The consistency of approach, founded on strong principles that draw on a range of pedagogical and musical approaches, is commendable. Every opportunity is taken to immerse pupils in musical language, and not a minute is wasted. The ‘In Harmony’ teachers are excellent musicians and their expert modelling sets the standard for the technical and musical quality that pupils are expected to match." Mark Phillips, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Music, Ofsted. February 2011.
In Harmony Liverpool is using music to bring positive change to the lives of 188 young children aged 0-14 years in West Everton and delivering significant benefits across families, Faith Primary School and the wider community through the West Everton Children’s Orchestra, West Everton Super Strings, associated ensembles and daily, immersive music making. It is led by Liverpool Philharmonic with local partners including West Everton’s only school, Faith Primary School, West Everton Community Council, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool Music Support Service and The Shewsy.
In its first three years, In Harmony has already had a dramatic impact in West Everton:
- Significant increases in children’s educational attainment in reading and numeracy and improvements in self-esteem, confidence, pride and wellbeing;
- Attendance figures at Faith Primary School have improved with a significant decrease in absence rates across the school;
- 165 children and young people have participated in In Harmony Liverpool in 2011/12, with 139 of those on the orchestral programme and part of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra or West Everton Super Strings. This has increased from a baseline of 84 and 70 children respectively in April 2009.
- Since the programme began in February 2009, In Harmony Liverpool has engaged a total of 218 children and young people in West Everton from early years to age 14;
- 22 secondary school aged young people are regularly involved in West Everton Super Strings, or in-school instrument lessons, with In Harmony achieving 71% continuation rate of children leaving primary school and continuing their music making;
- Outstanding progress achieved in children’s musical ability as individuals and an orchestra through the intensive, immersive and high quality approach to music led by In Harmony Liverpool Artistic Director Rod Skipp;
- Improved Ofsted result for Faith Primary School; and
- Increases in pride, wellbeing and engagement throughout the West Everton community, with reports of improved parent-child relationships and examples of parents themselves returning to education.
Led by a team of Liverpool Philharmonic musicians, every primary aged child in West Everton has the opportunity to learn an instrument from aged 4, and immediately becomes a musician of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra.
The orchestra as a form is crucial. For an orchestra to succeed, it must be greater than the sum of its parts. Every person has a role to play. It combines leadership, teamwork, discipline, communication skills and respect with friendship, great fun and positive social experiences. It develops the foundations of musicianship through the enjoyment of learning, rehearsing and performing as an ensemble of musicians.
West Everton Children’s Orchestra began in April 2009; one day after children had picked up an instrument for the first time. Just 12 weeks later, they performed for 600 friends and families at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. They now regularly perform to great acclaim at Liverpool Philharmonic’s concert venue for audiences up to 1,000 people, and performed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom as part of a national In Harmony celebration.
All staff at Faith School, including Head Teacher (double bass), teachers, school secretary and cook, learn an instrument alongside the children, strengthening relationships between child and teacher and developing the culture of the school as a learning community.
Any child and young person living in West Everton but not attending Faith School can access our out of school programme, which currently includes children and young people from 7 primary schools and 5 secondary schools across the City.
In Harmony Liverpool’s weekly schedule includes:
- Sectional rehearsals (group instrumental lessons) on violin, viola, cello and double bass run Monday and Thursday mornings;
- West Everton Children’s Orchestra rehearsals on Friday afternoons at Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary, our rehearsal and education centre, formerly St Mary of the Angel’s Church;
- Regular after school clubs and sectional rehearsals, when Faith Primary children are joined by children who live in West Everton but attend Beacon Primary School and other primary schools;
- After school rehearsals for West Everton Super Strings (Year 7+ chamber group), West Everton Junior Strings (Years 4-6 chamber ensemble), West Everton Mini Strings (Years 2 & 3 chamber groups), West Everton String Quartet (Years 7, 8 & 9 children), In Harmony String Quintet (Year 7 children) Seahorses, Starfish and Clownfish sectionals, and Orchestral Brass and Percussion sectionals;
- Regular performances by West Everton Children’s Orchestra and chamber ensembles at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, St George’s Hall Concert Room and throughout the community;
- Whole school singing each morning; and
- Weekly musicianship and composition classes;
During holiday periods, we run In Harmony Summer School and In Harmony at Home, which provides live performances by individual or small groups of children accompanied and supported by professional musicians in their own living room for families and friends. Children have received master classes from Liverpool Philharmonic musicians, violinist Tasmin Little and Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar String Quartet.
Children, families and community members regularly attend Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Music Series events at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St George’s Hall Small Concert Room. We also run Tea & Tunes, a series of informal classical music concerts by small ensembles from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in community venues and churches in West Everton, including performances, talks, demonstrations and practical music making for the whole community, all in an informal atmosphere over a cup of tea.
In Harmony Liverpool is supported by an extensive, longitudinal evaluation study, and in 2012 we are working with the Institute of Cultural Capital, Liverpool John Moores University, University of Liverpool, Royal Northern College of Music, Liverpool Hope University, our evaluation team and project partners and supporters to establish and develop an In Harmony Liverpool Research Network.
In Harmony is already highlighting the potential of music to transform schools and learning, strengthening families and communities. In Harmony is providing a powerful, inclusive model to support every child to fulfil their personal, social, educational and musical potential.
In Harmony Liverpool is supported by Arts Council England, the Department for Education, Liverpool NHS Primary Care Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Liverpool Philharmonic, The Kinder Trust Award, The West Lancashire Freemasons Charity, The Granada Foundation, Faith Primary School, Liverpool Music Support Service and private donors.
For more information, please contact Zoe Armfield, In Harmony Liverpool Manager.
Media enquiries about In Harmony Liverpool should be directed to Jayne Garrity, Head of Communications at Liverpool Philharmonic, 0151 210 2895.
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