Project information

Support our Creative Learning programme in 2018

The Philharmonia Orchestra want to inspire thousands of young people through the power of music. We want to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. We want to nurture the next generation of performers and composers. We want to make classical music relevant to everyone.

September 2017 - June 2019

Charity information: Philharmonia Orchestra

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  • Need


    Music education is under-valued and under-funded in the UK, yet it has huge benefits to society as a whole. Access to music can increase attainment and self-esteem among young people. It can inspire disadvantaged children to seize their ambition and change their future. And nurturing the next generation of classical artists is helping to create a more inclusive and diverse music industry for the 21st century.


    Through four strands of activity, we will bring world-class music to thousands of people. We will put on fun and engaging concerts for thousands of primary school children. We will empower vulnerable teenagers to be creative through music-making. And we will train young performers and composers to become the artistic leaders of the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring world-class music to thousands of people who may not otherwise have the chance to hear it.


    » Orchestra Unwrapped: Fun and engaging concerts for primary schools in Basingstoke, Bedford, Canterbury, Leicester and London.
    » Symphonize: Reaching out to some of the most deprived communities in the UK through intensive music-making.

    What success will look like

    - reaching more than 13000 children and young people
    - collecting feedback to show improved skill sets, quality of life, and attitude to the arts

    Aim 2

    To nurture the next generation of talented performers and composers.


    » High level training for some of the top emerging composers based in the UK, including professional workshops and performances.
    » Young Fellowships: Encouraging talented young performers to persevere with their musical education when they are most at risk of giving it up.

    What success will look like

    - fulfilling performance opportunities for composer and performer participants
    - showing continued musical engagement among participants after the activities have ended

    Aim 3

    To ensure this project meets the same exceptional standards set by our core artistic output.


    » Professional Philharmonia musicians will be involved in every activity. All project leaders will be of the highest standard and quality.

    What success will look like

    - ensuring all activities involve our world-class musicians and freelance workshop leaders

    Aim 4

    To safeguard the infrastructure that enables the Orchestra to exist and to deliver this project.


    » This project can only go ahead if our core programme is secure. Therefore, a portion of donations will support other vital costs.

    What success will look like

    - ensuring that our core costs are maintained
    - supporting our main artistic programme, to enable this project to be a reality

  • Impact


    We hope to inspire people to engage with music, increasing self-esteem, ambition, and attainment.

    We hope to diversify the industry by releasing the potential of underrepresented groups.

    We hope to make positive changes to the lives of individual participants.

    We will measure these impacts at the time of each activity, through feedback from any returning participants, and through wider sectorial trends.


    Not raising enough: Most of these activities have only a small number of participants, so cannot be scaled back. If we do not raise enough to cover an activity, we will divert some funding to another one of our aims.

    Losing funding for other costs: Without financial security for our core programme, we cannot deliver this project. Our wider work is safeguarded by public funding, ticket sales, fundraising, and some donations from this appeal.


    Donors will receive project updates six, 12 and 18 months after donating. These will include engagement statistics as well as feedback from participants. As many donors as possible will also have the chance to experience a project showcase first hand.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £203,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £42,000 Composers’ Academy A vital pillar of our Emerging Artists programme
      £84,000 Orchestra Unwrapped Fun and engaging concerts for primary school children
      £26,000 Symphonize, Leicester Inspiring creativity with urban and classical music in a heavily deprived area of Leicester
      £32,000 Young Fellowships Encouraging talented children to keep up music past recognised ‘drop-off’ points
      £19,000 Other costs To deliver this project we need staff, facilities and other vital resources

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Composer’s Academy grants £19,000 Guaranteed
    Orchestra Unwrapped grants £77,000 Guaranteed
    Symphonize grants £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Composers’ Academy: workshops and performances in London and Leicester.

    Orchestra Unwrapped: schools’ concerts at The Anvil (Basingstoke), the Bedford Corn Exchange, The Marlow (Canterbury), De Montfort Hall (Leicester) and Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, plus teacher training and workshops in local schools.

    Symphonize: activities at Soft Touch Arts, culminating in a high-profile performance at a Leicester venue.

    Young Fellowships: mentoring in Leicester city and wider Leicestershire.


    Composers’ Academy: emerging composers in the early stages of their careers

    Orchestra Unwrapped: Key Stage 2 pupils (ages 7-11)

    Symphonize: teenagers at risk of becoming Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET)

    Young Fellowships: young people aged 9-15 years from deprived or underrepresented communities

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Creative Learning is a core part of what we do. We have a successful track record, delivering exceptional projects across the UK.

    We have long-standing residencies in five cities across England. This means we are part of those local community, and can use our knowledge to enhance these activities.

    The Philharmonia is a world-class orchestra. Its core concert programme overlaps with this project, and will ensure it is of the highest quality.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Fflur Huysmans

    Director of Education. Fflur oversees the Philharmonia’s Creative Learning programme and all related strategy.

    Catherine Bullough

    Education Projects Coordinator: Catherine delivers Creative Learning activities on a day-to-day basis, ensuring we pull them off without a hitch.

    Project Leaders

    We are proud to work with the inspirational Unsuk Chin (Composers’ Academy), Paul Rissmann (Orchestra Unwrapped) and Jason Rowland (Symphonize).

I would do this everyday if I could.

Symphonize participant