Williams Liverpool BMW delighted by results of European Opera Centre’s educational programme in Liverpool Schools

Steve Rotheram - the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region - sent his best wishes to an event at Williams Liverpool to mark the success of the educational partnership between the European Opera Centre and Barlows Primary School Fazakerley. The programme is sponsored by Williams Liverpool BMW

15 children out of the 61 involved in the project performed extracts from the opera they had written and presented in March. With significant investment from Williams Liverpool BMW, the multi-disciplinary programme has addressed a major gap in arts educational provision.

Talking about the initiative, Nick Cook, Managing Director of Williams, commented: “It is with great delight that we are able to support such a promising programme dedicated to the schools in the area. We look forward to witnessing the rising talent that will emanate from this initiative.”

Dr Victoria Foster, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences at Edge Hill University, followed the project in its entirety and will be producing an evaluation report later in the year. Dr Foster said:

“It was a great pleasure to see some of the children again who took part in the innovative multi-disciplinary project in March. Their enthusiasm for the project clearly lives on and this is testament to the thoughtful and inspired work of the European Opera Centre and Barlows Primary School.”

The programme will now be offered to other North Liverpool primary schools for 2017/2018, with plans to provide new opportunities for A-level students as part of the project.

Kenneth Baird added: “This programme, which fills a void in Liverpool schools, has been made possible by financial support from Williams Liverpool BMW and from a group of trusts and foundations. We are very grateful to them all, but especially to Williams our overall education sponsor and to the P H Holt Foundation based here in Liverpool for their substantial support”