Young musicians from West Everton woke the Little Girl Giant in Stanley Park as she began her 3-day city-wide journey on 20 April

The In Harmony Liverpool Ensemble featuring 14 children aged 11-years-old who are all participants in Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony community development programme in North Liverpool opened Liverpool’s 3-day Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular.

The children played to the Little Girl Giant to wake her up in Stanley Park to start her journey on Friday 20 April playing Thomas Gregory’s Fiery Fiddlers on 2 double basses, 2 cellos, 5 violas and 4 violins.

The In Harmony Liverpool Ensemble is Year 6 students from Faith Primary School in West Everton. All the children are members of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra established in 2009 through In Harmony Liverpool. A genuinely transformative music project inspired by Venezuela’s acclaimed El Sistema, In Harmony Liverpool is engaging over 150 children aged up to 13 years in daily immersive music-making of the highest quality. All children are members of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra, as are all the staff of Faith Primary School, including the Headteacher. Children are making outstanding progress in developing their musical ability as individuals and as an orchestra supported by Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony team.

Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive said: “It’s fantastic recognition of the musical achievements of children taking part in In Harmony Liverpool that they should be invited by the City to contribute to such a momentous and exciting event for Liverpool. Sea Odyssey will be magical and for the In Harmony Liverpool Ensemble to be at the very start of this spectacular journey will be an unforgettable experience for them.”

In Harmony Liverpool’s participation in Sea Odyssey is supported by Curious Minds, Arts Council England’s bridge organisation for the North West which connects children and young people, schools and communities with the arts and culture.

Alice Birdwood, Curious Minds Director said: “We are delighted to be able to support the In Harmony Liverpool Ensemble so they can take part in such an exciting event as Sea Odyssey. This is exactly the kind of initiative we want to support.”

This film captures the start of the Sea Odyssey and gives an insight to what it meant to teachers, parents, artists and most importantly young people to be involved in such a high profile and inspirational arts event. Curious Minds role is to open up and make possible opportunities like this right across the North West and further afield. Championing great arts and culture and connecting children and young people to great arts and culture.

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