The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has awarded the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra a generous grant of £300,000 over four years to launch two new In Harmony Youth Centers offering free weekly music lessons to local young people aged 11-18.
Everton Youth Hub opened at North Liverpool Academy in September, and Anfield Youth Hub opened at Liverpool Lighthouse in November.
Launched in 2009, In Harmony is the Liverpool Philharmonic’s flagship community music program for children, young people and families living in deprived areas of North Liverpool.
By creating and performing music together in school orchestras and after-school clubs throughout their childhood, In Harmony helps young people build skills, confidence and access opportunities to raise their aspirations and improve their chances in life.
A wide community consultation including young people, 15 local organizations and In Harmony partners in Everton and Anfield identified that there is a need to increase community provision for teenagers to participate in positive activities that can build their skills and improve their mental health.
The Youth Hubs will ensure that existing young In Harmony musicians, many of whom have been part of the program throughout primary school, can continue making music together through their teenage years and more local young people living in Everton and Anfield can join the program for free. load, bringing its overall weekly reach to 1,750 children and young people.
The Youth Hubs will initially operate one evening a week and offer a wide range of activities covering music and other personal development, including instrumental lessons, rehearsals, regular performances at venues such as the Liverpool Philharmonic, creative development such as composition and improvisation, masterclasses and workshops featuring guest artists and musicians.
The program will also provide pastoral support and a wide range of projects equipping young people with essential skills for employment, training or higher education. Young people who want to take their music further will be supported to access a range of pathways through the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, Resonate Music Hub and other opportunities in Liverpool and beyond.
Jasmine, a Youth Hub participant, said: “Since I joined the Youth Hubs, I have been playing the cello. It’s such an unusual instrument; I’ve seen one on TV before, but never thought I’d be able to play one myself – can’t wait to get it out to practice at home after sessions.
“It’s phenomenal to work with such incredible professional musicians from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. I never would have thought it was possible until I joined the Youth Hub at Everton. I really enjoyed the sessions, especially our string orchestra; hearing all the instruments together is so special.
“The Youth Hub has really boosted my confidence and allowed me to apply for other opportunities like the National Orchestra for All program. I can’t wait to think about the next steps in my future and I have people around me to help me explore options. I want to share my experience at Youth Hubs and be an ambassador to help more young people enroll.
Betsy (photo, main image), a Youth Hub participant, said: “I really enjoyed being part of In Harmony in primary school, learning an instrument and playing at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. It’s great that I can continue with In Harmony in secondary school and continue making music with my friends.
Peter Garden, Executive Director – Performance and Learning at the Liverpool Philharmonic, said: “We are grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for this important new investment in In Harmony Liverpool. We are committed to both nurturing musical talent and actively breaking down barriers that prevent young people from reaching their potential. Young people in the area have recently faced an incredibly difficult time and we hope that through this grant and working with fantastic local partners, the two new youth hubs will provide a welcoming space in the community to hang out with friends. , making music together, learning new skills and supporting their mental health.
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is an independent funding body. They contribute to a wide range of innovative projects that support their goals: to improve the natural world, ensure a fairer future, and nurture creative and confident communities.
To register for these FREE youth centres, young people must be between the ages of 11 and 18 and live or go to school in Everton and Anfield. Participants do not need to have prior musical experience, just a willingness to learn. Instruments are provided free of charge for the duration of participants’ participation in the program. For more information, please visit https://www.liverpoolphil.com/take-part/in-harmony-liverpool-youth-hubs/
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