Liverpool Philharmonic Celebrates 6 Years of In Harmony Liverpool

Posted on 2 July 2015
By Chris High
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During the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary year, young musicians from Everton will celebrate six years of the ground-breaking In Harmony Liverpool programme with this now annual celebration concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The concert will feature 160 musicians from West Everton Children’s Orchestra (children and staff of Faith Primary School together with children from The Beacon CE Primary School) and Everton Youth Philharmonic performing alongside musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert programme will include the world premiere of A Walk in Everton Park by In Harmony Liverpool musician and composer, Eve Harrison, music from Dvořák’s New World Symphony, with Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain and Mars from Holst’s The Planets (both pieces arranged by the BBC for its Ten Pieces schools initiative), as well Michael Jackson’s Beat It and Pharrell Williams’ Happy.

An expected capacity audience for the concert will include families and representatives from Everton, 700 schoolchildren from schools in Liverpool and across the North West and invited guests.

In Harmony Liverpool is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema and uses orchestral music-making to improve the health, education and aspirations of children and young people in Everton. The programme is led by Liverpool Philharmonic’s team of professional music leaders, including musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

In January this year, Liverpool Philharmonic, Faith Primary School and our community partners in Everton welcomed Everton Nursery School and Family Centre into the In Harmony Liverpool ‘family’. From September, The Beacon CE Primary School will join the programme, increasing its reach to 700 children aged 0-17 taking part in orchestral music-making of the highest quality every week in and out of school.

Reece Simon, Year 6, violin said: “I really enjoy being part of In Harmony Liverpool and playing my violin in both West Everton Children’s Orchestra and Everton Youth Philharmonic. I like leading the Children’s Orchestra, and really enjoy the challenge of the harder music in EYP, which is why I auditioned to join when I was in Year 5. My favourite thing of all is when we get to go on trips around the country to perform to other people, like when we went to London for the BBC Prom in the Royal Albert Hall.”

Catherine Evans, Mum and Everton community member said:
“We look forward to the end of year celebration every year. To see just how much all the kids have come on is amazing. It’s a very proud moment to watch your kids performing on stage at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall alongside such amazing teachers and professional performers. You can see that the audience is full of the kids’ family members, each bursting with pride.”

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said:
“We are extremely proud of our young musicians and our annual birthday concert is a wonderful and uplifting celebration of their success and musical achievements.

“It has also been a privilege for Liverpool Philharmonic to be welcomed so whole-heartedly in to Liverpool’s Everton community. Working together over six years, we have been able to support hundreds of children and their families through music.”

Monday, 6 July 1.00pm at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (concludes at 2.20pm including interval)

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