At Olympias Music, we believe that music should be for everyone - not just those that can afford to pay for it. In particular, OMF aims to bring opportunities for music-making to people who might otherwise not be able to afford musical tuition or have access to music. Moreover, we believe that active engagement and participation in music has the potential to not only raise musical aspirations in these schools but also to enrich the community and the lives of people in the area through share musical experience. Our work is currently focused on in Ardwick, Longsight and Moss Side, areas within the top 10% of urban deprivation in UK. As a non-profit organisation, all money raised goes towards making universal access to music a reality.
In January 2019, we launched our Maingot Music Scholarships, which facilitate 19 children on free school meals to take weekly violin lessons and perform at Chetham’s Music School termly. In March 2019, our community choir, Children’s Voices, performed excerpts from Jonathan Dove’s opera, The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Whitworth Gallery. In June 2019, we welcome The Sixteen to work with our refugee women’s choir, Women’s Voices.
Recent highlights include the Women’s Voices Choir's production of Humperdinck’s opera, Hansel and Gretel, at the Edge Theatre in December 2018, and performances by Children’s Voices at Manchester Cathedral (attended by over 1000 people) and at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation for International Migrants Day.
Winner of the Promotion of Equality and Diversity Category of the Manchester Culture Awards 2018 and Grassroots Champion at the Community Integration Awards 2017, Olympias Music Foundation is now featured as one of the Royal Northern College of Music’s ‘Creative and Professional’ Outreach projects having been awarded both the Leverhulme Trust Award 2015 and Sir John Maundel Prize 2016. As Olympias Music Foundation continues to go from strength to strength, we look forward to continued collaboration with the RNCM and Chetham's School of Music, amongst other outreach partners.
We rely solely on generosity of public funding and donations in order to carry out the work we do. If you would like to make a donation to the OMF, please visit our Donate page for more details.
Since March 2015, we have...
Delivered 750 free music lessons (and counting!) as part of Carroll's Music Club, Children's Voices and the Women's Voices Choir
Organised 25 free performance workshops and 25 concerts in the community and
Reached over 2000 children and adults through music lessons, workshops and choirs, and an estimated 10,000 people through audiences at our concerts, other public events and social media.