At Investec, we believe we have a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to the communities around us. Our regional offices aim to build strong relationships with local cultural and charitable organisations to ensure that we’re giving back to our communities and living in, not off, society.
Our partners are chosen based on a shared commitment to making lives better. A fantastic example is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), whose mission is to enhance and transform lives through music. It doesn’t just do this through its performances, it also operates a programme of learning and community engagement activities.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, whose mission is to enhance and transform lives through music. It doesn’t just do this through its performances, it also operates a programme of learning and community engagement activities.
One of these activities is In Harmony. In Harmony was created in 2009 in partnership with local community leaders as a way of using music to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children. This project allows 1,500 children in Everton and Anfield to learn musical instruments, create music, sing, and perform together.
The project is designed to address the children’s developmental needs and the challenges facing their communities. It has been found to increase resilience, wellbeing, confidence, mood, and aspiration for participants. While music can’t solve every challenge for these children and communities, the orchestra strongly believes it can help to inspire long-term change and drive regeneration of deprived urban areas.
As the program celebrates its 14th birthday, David Owen, Senior Investment Director and longstanding supporter of the RLPO, in our Liverpool office says, “In some ways, I see the Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony program as a parallel for the work we do as a wealth manager. It’s all about finding different ways to address people’s needs and creating the right circumstances for them to flourish and achieve their long-term goals. That’s why I believe we make great partners and why it’s an honour to be involved with them.”
In Harmony is just one project within Liverpool Philharmonic’s learning programme. The orchestra has been offering musical education for over 50 years, and in the last decade has worked particularly hard to ensure that it is reaching people of all ages, from all backgrounds. The learning programme engages 80,000 participants each year through the delivery of over 5,000 activities.
At Investec Liverpool, we’re proud to be able to support the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in both their distinctively high-quality musical performances and their inspiring contribution to society. We look forward to continuing this relationship in the future.