Project information

Anthem for a Child

This is the Orchestra’s first national touring Education project which aims to inspire more than 7,000 children and young people across the country with a series of free community-based workshops and participatory concerts of Baroque and Classical music.

12 months

Charity information: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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  • Need


    Our exciting project is set against a backdrop of major cuts to the nation’s regional music services and urgent lack of capacity in providing young people with creative and meaningful musical opportunities. Access to high-quality music education is not universal in the UK: Anthem for a Child seeks to benefit those with the least access to professional live music. It also aims to address urgent issues in maintaining momentum in teaching practical music skills.


    Anthem for a Child will involve upwards of 7,000 children throughout the UK in 9 separate regional centres drawn from more than 60 primary and secondary schools during 2012. The centres are Plymouth, Exeter, Wiltshire, Southampton, Hastings, London, Suffolk, Chesterfield and York. OAE musicians support teachers and provide coaching for pupils to enable them to perform alongside the Orchestra set within concerts of Baroque and Classical music.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring a meaningful and inspirational musical experience to at least 7,000 children.


    » Run OAE-led school workshops for pupils. Each setting gets 2 half-day workshops comprising aural training, composition and performance skills.
    » Commission 2 new pieces called My Cry and Twangling Instruments to be performed by all pupils.
    » Build on pupils’ skills: tailor music to each schools’ needs (playing instruments/singing/doing actions) so no child is excluded.
    » Provide a series of free orchestral concerts for schools and communities in each regional location in which children participate.

    Success: by involving the maximum number of participants from all the schools and centres who have confirmed intention to take part and delivering the planned schedule of events.

    Aim 2

    Maintain and forge lasting local partnerships.


    » The 9 project locations have been carefully researched to complement on-going outreach partnerships which inform the creation of new partnerships.

    Success: by responding to the needs of individual project partners and building this in to follow-on projects.

    Aim 3

    Create a skills legacy.


    » Run a series of ‘hands-on’ professional development workshops led by OAE musicians for teachers in participating schools.
    » Provide supporting source materials and develop skills and confidence to encourage teachers to develop their own creative music projects.
    » Train pupils to develop practical musical and emotional skills through structured tuition emphasising listening, communication and teamwork.

    Success: by collating feedback from pupils and teachers from questionnaires to establish how the project has had practical impact on their creative and working lives.

    Aim 4

    Raise the national profile of the Orchestra and its Education programme.


    » A series of community concerts across the UK will reach people who wouldn't normally attend OAE or other traditional classical concerts.

    Success: by offering fledgling partnerships the chance to work on further projects with the OAE and devise sustained programme of outreach work in new areas.

  • Impact


    This project is designed to enthuse children, their teachers and families around the UK for Classical and Baroque music and increase their exposure to professional music-making through active participation and long-term support. We will maintain close contact with individual schools after the project’s completion and offer further outreach work; building on their experience during Anthem for a Child.


    There is the possibility some partner schools could pull out of the project at late notice. Our local strategic knowledge and extensive links mean that it is possible to replace those that cannot take part. We have secured all venues at the project’s planning stage as benefits in kind, so it is unlikely that a venue would be withdrawn.


    All donations will be acknowledged by letter by the OAE’s Director of Development. A project update will be issued on completion of Anthem for a Child.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £159,517

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      Amount Heading Description
      £79,717 Tour Costs including players’ fees, travel, subsistence, accommodation, rehearsal venue costs
      £25,000 Preparatory work animateur and players’ fees to lead CPD training and music commission fees
      £19,800 London concert fees 6 concerts in London with 20 players
      £21,000 In-kind venue hire tour venue hire costs
      £14,000 Management planning and delivery

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Partner contributions £17,500 Guaranteed
    In-kind venue contributions £21,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts and Foundations £74,600 Guaranteed
    Individual Giving Campaign £15,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Anthem for a Child tour centres around the following locations where there is comparatively little classical music outreach work and professional performances and which are hallmarked by underlying urban or rural deprivation: Plymouth, Exeter, Wiltshire, Hastings, London (especially the King’s Cross area), Suffolk, Chesterfield and York.


    Primary and secondary pupils and their teachers from schools that indicate significant socio-economic and educational challenges in their Ofsted reports. Local community children’s performing groups with links to venues in the project locations

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The OAE has 10 years’ Education outreach experience in offering high-quality, participatory projects in areas with a dearth of regular professional music activity. Our outreach work is distinctive because we emphasise the importance of building long-term partnerships with schools, music services and venues. Our knowledge of local needs means we can tailor our projects to be as fully inclusive as possible, winning us a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for “pioneering work in music education”.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cherry Forbes

    Cherry is the OAE’s Education Director and oboist with more than 12 years’ experience in designing and delivering education projects with the OAE.

    Cecilia Bruggemeyer

    Cecilia is a player and board director of the OAE. She takes a prominent role in leading school workshops and presenting concerts.

    James Redwood

    James is the composer of the commissions and works as animateur for the project.

    Ellie Cowan

    As Education Officer Ellie co-ordinates all the project events and arrangements.

“My whole class is still buzzing from the WONDERFUL day. Thank you and keep up your inspirational work”

Class Teacher