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The Halle Proposes to Establish Its Own State Music School

Magazine article Gramophone

The Halle Proposes to Establish Its Own State Music School

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Parents who are concerned about the lack of adequate music provision in the UK's state schools may want to consider moving to Stoke-on-Trent, following the Halle's announcement that it plans to open a state school there in 2020.

According to the proposal, which has been prepared in partnership with the City Learning Trust, students of the Halle Music Free School will spend a minimum of 40 per cent of their time taking specialist music masterclasses with members of the Halle orchestra and benefiting from being mentored by the Halle Choir and Youth Orchestra, as well as attending two full Halle concerts every year, alongside their more traditional academic studies. The proposal is subject to the approval of the Department for Education but, if approved, will see the Halle become the first international orchestra in the world to set up and run a state music school.

John Summers, Chief Executive of the Halle, said: 'Through our SHINE programme--which uses music enrichment as a key element of a Saturday-school learning programme --we know the very significant benefits that music can bring to a learning environment, helping all aspects of schoolwork and enabling children to fulfil their full potential. …

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