Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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.

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  • “I learnt that classical music is as good as normal music”

    — Pupil

  • “The amazing work you’re doing shows how important making music is. Every child was inspired and moved today”

    — Parent

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

    — Class Teacher

  • “The amazing work you’re doing shows how important making music is. Every child was inspired and moved today”

    — Parent

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

    — Class Teacher

  • “I learnt that classical music is as good as normal music”

    — Pupil

Situation

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.

Solution

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.