- Date: 19 July 2012
- Area: Midlands
Two primary schools, one in Stoke on Trent and the other in Telford, have won funding for an innovative music project which aims to ensure that children and young people from all backgrounds can engage in cultural activities of the highest quality.
Called In Harmony, children from Telford's Old Park Primary School and Children's Centre and Stoke's Heron Cross Primary School will learn and play music together under the tuition of professional musicians.
Ros Robins, West Midlands Director with Arts Council England said: "We are delighted that a school in Telford and one in Stoke on Trent will benefit from the In Harmony commissions, which will introduce innovative music projects to immerse every student in both primary schools in learning and playing music together.
"Musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata will provide whole school musical learning including instrumental tuition, ensemble playing and wider community-based musical activities. It is a wonderful opportunity for these young people to be involved in making and learning about music.
"In Harmony is a national programme, based on the Venezuela El Sistema, which aims to inspire and transform the lives of children in deprived communities and make a positive impact on their lives."