Through Harmonise, children from all backgrounds gain confidence, explore different cultures, and create music in different languages together towards performances in school and at prestigious venues such as The Bridgewater Hall and the Southbank Centre. Pupils and teachers learn about who refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants really are from inspirational professional musicians who have lived these experiences.

The programme increases well-being of all children involved by up to 250% (read external evaluation report by culture consultant Sally Fort) and fulfils KS2 & KS3 curriculum objectives for Music, Geography, History, PSHE, Literacy & Numeracy.

Harmonise is particularly suitable for schools with refugee, asylum seeker & Roma pupils. We offer one-day tasters (nationally), and half projects (5 x 2 hour sessions) or full projects towards external or online performances (10 x 2 hour sessions) in London, Greater Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds. Subsidies are available.

We also offer specialised training and resources for your school created in partnership with BBC Get Singing! For more information or to book your place for Harmonise 2025 contact

Harmonise has been nominated for the National Youth Music Award for Innovation.

Refugee and asylum seeker children have been through so much to escape conflict or persecution and arrive in the UK, but often that is not the end of their difficult experiences.

Imagine having to leave your home, friends and family behind for fear of your life. You may have witnessed unbearable things in the war-zone that was your home and finally reach safety in another country.

Children and teachers in your school don’t understand what you have been through and hear only bad things about refugees. You feel alone and helpless and want to tell them what they hear is not true, but how?

Award-winning organisation, Music Action International have developed Harmonise: a schools programme inspiring empathy between refugees and people from all backgrounds.

An outstanding project which led to an increase in children’s happiness. – Dr Martyn Hudson, Evaluator, Newcastle University

Local children, teachers and parents enjoy hearing music from different cultures through interactive performances. Refugee children feel understood and proud of sharing language and music they love.

“Thank you for helping me to sing. Before I was so shy to sing but now I am not” – Layla, 9-Year-Old Pupil

Read about the impact of Harmonise on our children, schools, parents and communities in the Harmonise report by Dr Martyn Hudson

If your school is interested in Harmonise, contact

Exploring peace in schools

Harmonise is supported by Arts Council England, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and The Bridgewater Hall.

“Thank you again for this magical experience.”

Mr Jameson, Teacher

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