In Harmony is a national programme that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities, using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making. In Harmony operates within a national framework of core principles, but is locally autonomous, responsive and entrepreneurial whilst remaining answerable to the Arts Council. In Harmony is jointly funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, and managed by the Arts Council.
The core principles of In Harmony, which all projects are expected to operate within, are:
In Harmony is inspirational and transformational for children, families, schools and communities. It raises the expectations and improves the life chances of children through high quality musical education
In Harmony is modelled around participating in an orchestra
In Harmony is immersive – with children playing instruments together several times a week from an early age
In Harmony seeks to engage all children in the school or community in which a project operates, and it is open to all
Children learn together while playing in an orchestra together. They are encouraged to express themselves through music, balanced with a rigorous approach so that progression is embedded from the start of a project
The teaching is of exceptionally high quality
As children progress, they help each other to learn and progress
In Harmony inspires others to invest in it. Projects are sustainable and entrepreneurial
In Harmony projects are mutually supportive and generous in sharing learning, experience and expertise. They seek to develop models that can be replicable or adaptable in different social contexts
In Harmony Nottingham is one of only 6 regions in England to have been selected to run this exciting Arts Council funded national project
In Harmony Musicians Perform for Sainsburys Staff!
Eight young musicians form Mellers and Dovecote primary schools performed to staff at Sainsbury's Castle Boulevard, who have chosen In Harmony as their charity of the year. Thank you to Sainsbury's for having us, and well done to the young people involved for playing so well!
In response to schools who are keen to have a more intensive version of WCET or more input from the music service, we are able to offer a small number of heavily subsidised satellite programmes that provide closer links to our flagship international In Harmony programme.