Free events to celebrate inspirational music programme

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Liverpool Philharmonic Presents Two Free Events Celebrating 5 Years of In Harmony Liverpool

Monday 17 March 2014 6.30pm, St. George’s Hall Concert Room, Liverpool (duration 1 hour) FREE

‘Play’s The Thing’: Transforming Communities through Music

A guest lecture by Richard Holloway, Chair of Sistema Scotland,  on transforming the life chances of children and regenerating communities inspired, by Venezuela’s El Sistema programme.   The event includes a performance by West Everton Super Strings from Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony Liverpool programme and will be followed by a Q&A session.

Sistema Scotland has transformed the lives of hundreds of children and families in Raploch, Stirling since launching the Big Noise orchestra and social programme in 2008, followed recently with the establishment of its second Big Noise site in Govanhill, Glasgow with major financial support from the Scottish Government.

Richard, a writer and broadcaster, was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus (Archbishop) of the Scottish Episcopal Church until he stood down in 2000 and previously Chair of the Scottish Arts Council.


Tuesday 18 March 1.00pm at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (duration 1 hour) FREE

Concert: In Harmony Liverpool Celebrating 5 Years

The young musicians of In Harmony Liverpool will celebrate five years of Liverpool Philharmonic’s ground-breaking project in West Everton with this now annual celebration concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The concert will feature performances by West Everton Children’s Orchestra (children and staff of Faith Primary School) and West Everton Super Strings in a programme that will include music from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and Coldplay’s Viva La Vida. A specially commissioned short film will tell the story of In Harmony Liverpool.

And for the grand finale, which will include selections of music from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, the 120 children in West Everton Children’s Orchestra and West Everton Super Strings and staff from Faith Primary School will be joined on stage by 21 musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, including Principal Players Marcel Becker (bass), Rhys Owens (trumpet), Simon Cowen (trombone) and Robin Haggart (tuba).

 A close to capacity audience for the concert will include families and representatives from West Everton, and 700 schoolchildren from schools in Liverpool and across the  North West, In Harmony Leeds and invited guests.

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said:

“It has been a wonder and a delight to follow the achievements and enjoy the many highlights of the young musicians of In Harmony Liverpool over five years.  It has also been a privilege for Liverpool Philharmonic to be welcomed so whole-heartedly in to Liverpool’s West Everton community, where In Harmony Liverpool is based.

For our 5th birthday celebrations, we are delighted to welcome Richard Holloway for his guest lecture; and so many people, including 700 schoolchildren to our concert that will be a fantastic celebration of the significant musical achievements of the children of In Harmony Liverpool who are learning to play, enjoy and succeed in orchestral music.”  

Tickets for both events are FREE though tickets must be booked at Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office; 0151 709 3789, www.liverpoolphil.com