Liverpool Hope has a long tradition of collaborative work with the Cultural Sector.

Milapfest. Since 2012, Dr Manuella Blackburn has been collaborating with Milapfest, the UK’s leading Indian Arts Development Trust. Dr Blackburn was awarded AHRC funding (64K) to support her research project: Intercultural Creativity in Electroacoustic Music: Integrating Indian Cultural Sound Emblems into New Works. As a result of this unique partnership, the collaboration produced a range of artistic and educational outputs.

Also, as part of the collaboration, Common Cause Research UK and the Runnymede Trust has used the Instruments INDIA project as one of 14 UK-based case studies to highlight Black and Minority Ethnic academic partnerships. Dr Blackburn is leading in the launch of the Instruments INDIA app and it’s piloting in schools in conjunction with Hope’s Teacher Education programmes.

The RLPO. The formal relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra was established in c. 2007 and we believe it offers benefits unique among UK music departments.

This partnership is now embedded and thriving, enabling music students and staff to enjoy a wide range of benefits which include instrumental tuition, performance and discussion of works composed by students, support in musical performances, an introduction to the broader work of the RLPO such as education and outreach and advice from specialists associated with the orchestra.

Hope music students have also worked as volunteers in the In Harmony project at Faith School, which has attracted national attention. In Harmony is a national initiative that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children through community-based orchestral music-making. In Liverpool it is led by Liverpool Philharmonic’s team of professional music leaders. The West Everton Children’s Orchestra (from the Faith School) has played twice at the Creative Campus, including at the Cornerstone Festival. The music team believes that this project is of enormous significance to the future of musical education in the UK and continues to support the projects work and ideals.

The Beatles Story and Music at the Creative Campus. Led by Dr Brocken, this collaboration creates an academic link between the two organisations that enables a greater opportunity for both formal and informal education to take place for both staff of The Beatles Story and Liverpool Hope University students. The project aims to give staff at The Beatles Story the opportunity for further career development by enrolling on the Beatles MA at Hope and allows our University music undergraduates to gain invaluable work-based experience at The Beatles Story Education Department in a ‘real world’ situation. It is felt that Hope undergraduates moving into teaching and/or heritage tourism greatly benefit from the informal teaching practice within The Beatles Story Education Dept.

Contact: Prof Steve Davismoon

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