Getting everyone in school involved in music paying dividends in 'one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain'
"The percentage of children who improved their reading by at least two levels in 2008-9 was 36%. For 2009-10, it was 84%." The figure for numeracy increased from 35% to 75%.
Those are the cold, hard, non-artsy stats on the children who attend Fair primary school in Liverpool's hardscrabble West Everton district. Their secret? Being introduced to a music-for-everyone programme inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema.
Read all about it in today's edition of the Guardian's Sunday Observer. It's a heartwarming story.
ENSEMBLE VIVANT GATHERS AROUND A FAZIOLI GRAND PIANO THIS AFTERNOON
Toronto Ensemble Vivant, led by pianist Catherine Wilson, is hiking out to Oakville, where they are performing in the Merriam Music auditorium at 2359 Bristol Circle this afternoon.
The concert, which begins at 2 p.m., features some of the students from the Merriam Music school. After they're done, Wilson and gang take to the stage, which will be fitted out with one of the fabulous Italian grand pianos which are sold in the company's piano showroom.
Ensemble Vivant is always good for a musical good time. Admission is $20.