U.K.’s El Sistema-inspired In Harmony program expands

Posted on: July 18, 2012

A report Monday (7/16) on the BBC News website states, “Four new youth orchestras are being launched across England as part of the In Harmony programme, inspired by Venezuela’s world-famous El Sistema. New projects in Gateshead, Leeds, Nottingham and Telford and Wrekin will all receive funding until 2015. The music education programme aims to use classical music to change the lives of children in disadvantaged areas, and benefit their community. Existing orchestras in Liverpool and Lambeth, London will also benefit. Founded by Julian Lloyd Webber, the In Harmony programme will be funded jointly by the Department for Education and Arts Council England until 2015. … Existing projects are already being delivered by Lambeth Council, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. A statement from Arts Council England said it hoped the new projects would follow ‘shared core principles’ while also responding to local circumstances and needs. … The In Harmony projects will also be evaluated nationally to ensure there is evidence of how the approach can ‘transform the lives of children and their families in areas of deprivation.’ ”

Posted July 18, 2012