Hallé SHINE on Manchester

Hallé Education’s SHINE (Support and Help In Education) programme is now in its fifth year. As part of the work of the SHINE Trust education charity, four clusters of schools around Greater Manchester run Saturday schools to provide opportunities for children in need of extra support to develop their literacy, numeracy, self-esteem, confidence and a positive attitude to learning through creative music topics and activities. This term, the children will be basing their work on either The Sorcerer’s Apprentice or the overture to The Flying Dutchman and Pirates of the Caribbean.

200 participants from 17 primary schools are visited by pairs of Hallé musicians over 20 weeks throughout the year. Together, they compose their own pieces of music to perform to friends and family members at culmination performances at the end of each term. Alongside the creative music project the children also participate in weekly literacy and numeracy lessons as well as workshops in, for example, drama, art, ICT, beatboxing, and poetry. The children are also taken on exciting trips (including a visit to see the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall), which too are inspired by the musical theme.