We asked independent consultant Sally Fort to produce a report evaluating the impact of our schools programme Harmonise on participants, schools, audience members and the wider community. Harmonise is designed to increase well-being of all participants, inspiring collaboration between refugees, asylum-seekers, Roma and children of all backgrounds.
This year we reached over 2000 school children through regular creative music sessions and interactive performances in schools and at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and the Southbank Centre in London.
We were overwhelmed by the evidence of the impact of the programme, reflected in detailed feedback and observations around well-being, musical development and empathy.
Sally came along to the Manchester schools performance at Bridgewater Hall to talk to the audience, here’s what she found out…
The average score the audience gave was 9 out of 10 in terms of Ambience, Performance, Quality and Planning.
Audience members also scored the performance 9.8 out of 10 for how inspiring it was, and that it says something important about our world.
When asked to describe how they feel about the event, Happy, Proud, Fun, Great, Emotional and Singing were the most used phrases. Audience members told us that the performance was uplifting and inspirational, with many saying it wasn’t just educational for school children, but adults learnt a lot about refugees too.
Finally, we were pleased to see the audience score 9.8 out of 10 for whether they would attend another Harmonise performance!
Our intention is to create a movement where everyone feels inspired at our performances and feels welcome to keep coming back, which is why it’s so great to see that reflected in our audience feedback.
Thank you to all the schools who have been involved with Harmonise, it is with their help that all our programmes with young people – Harmonise, Syria Summer Camp and Everyday People LDN – have been nominated for pushing the boundaries for inclusivity in music education by the Youth Music Awards.
We’d also like to say a big thank you to Cultural Consultant, Sally Fort for her work, these insights help us to keep improving and make sure that school children get the most out of Harmonise. You can read the full Audience evaluation here.
Take a look at this video about Harmonise and how we are innovating music education.