A pioneering creative partnership between the Philharmonia Orchestra and Soft Touch Arts and working with marginalised teenagers in Leicester, this project is bringing together two expert arts organisations to deliver intensive, skill-enhancing creative activities and performance.

Working in areas within the 5% most deprived in the country, the partnership aims to enhance the lives of teenagers from excluded communities through intensive creative activities leading to a performance with world-class Philharmonia musicians. Symphonize offers training in performance, music technology, recording, production and composition with experienced professionals, aiming to equip hard-to-reach young people with new skills, confidence, increased social connection, broader horizons, motivation, and a diversion from negative behaviour.

The project included:

  • Training for leaders and musicians, to include skill sharing and exchanging experience.
  • Outreach ‘taster’ workshops with up to 50 participants aged 11 to 16 plus Philharmonia musicians and Soft Touch workers.
  • An intensive three day project with specialised workshops, creating a new piece and performance with live recording, which culminated in January 2015.

Supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust