The new Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, has announced that his charitable appeal for 2017 will benefit thousands of young musicians through the London Symphony Orchestra [LSO] Discovery programme.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal was launched on 11 November following Dr Parmley’s investiture as Lord Mayor at a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London. He said:
'Arts and education open our minds and stir our hearts, and as a teacher and musician they are a huge part of my life. That’s why my Lord Mayor’s Appeal will support three excellent charities over the next 12 months: the LSO Discovery programme, St Paul’s Cathedral Music Outreach and Music in Hospitals. All three have the power to ‘Educate, Support, Inspire’ – my motto for the year – and I am delighted that through my Appeal I will be able to contribute to their transformational work.'
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO said:
'The LSO has more than 25 years’ experience of engaging young people in music-making activities that show at first-hand the significant and potentially life-changing difference that music can have on people’s lives. The funds raised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will be invaluable in ensuring that the LSO can continue to develop these transformative opportunities for young people, which help to improve the lives of future generations. It was a delight to see some of our young LSO Discovery musicians as their float sang out with music on the streets of the City during the Lord Mayor’s Show!'
The LSO Discovery programme, now in its 26th year, is the London Symphony Orchestra’s pioneering education and community programme. It reaches 60,000 people every year, across the City and East London, Greater London, and internationally. Through inspiring musical experiences and insights, support and training, it enriches lives and encourages creative interests and skills.
Making music together adds an entirely new dimension to many people’s lives and may have a profound effect on their future involvement in music. Research shows that as well as increasing musical ability and understanding, it enhances personal skills such as memory and creativity, and life skills including teamwork, self-confidence and motivation.
Funds raised through the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will be used to provide opportunities for young people which actively educate, support and inspire, engaging them in music-making through the LSO Discovery programme. This includes an open access choral programme, side-by-side instrumental projects with LSO players, creative workshops for young people in special schools and hospitals and guided full orchestral concerts for school pupils at all levels.
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