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Liverpool Philharmonic to Hold Music Industry Careers Fest

LIVERPOOL Philharmonic will present its annual Music Industry Careers Fest, curated in partnership with LIMF Academy, on Sunday, 26 February 2022, from midday until 5pm. This inspiring event offers young people aged:- 14 to 21, the chance to learn more about careers in music, network with leading industry professionals and meet other like minded people.

The day will include workshops on lighting design and sound mixing, how to get started as performing musician (with speakers from Royal Northern College of Music and freelance musicians), how to release your own music (with speakers from Spotify, Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Ditto Music), how to design a concert, and more!

There will also be a marketplace of stalls with representatives from organisations including:- LIPA, University of Liverpool, Ad Lib, The Ivors Academy, Royal Northern College of Music, and Blackfest. Refreshments provided free of charge during the day, as well as a pizza lunch!

Nieve, a member of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company, has attended Careers Fest for many years. She said:- "I enjoy attending Careers Fests because they inform me of the different musical careers available to young musicians like myself and other musicians from all walks of life. Particularly because I come from a non-musical background, the event helped me see just how many jobs and opportunities were available out there. Thanks to Careers Fest, I realised that my main instrument, the cello, was not just limited to solo and orchestral performances. I have since had the chance to work with bands, string quartets in weddings, musical theatre show-bands, private party venues and some amateur orchestras, to name but a few! I also work at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as a Steward, which is another fantastic career in the music industry, and a very important 1 to ensure everyone can have access to music venues safely and enjoyably. I have been attending Careers Fest events since I was 13 years old, and I sincerely recommend it to anyone who hasn't had the chance to experience 1 yet, because they make you realise there is so much more to the music industry than what you 1st thought."

In the evening, Liverpool Philharmonic's exciting Youth Session Orchestra will team up with:- LIMF Academy artists Ni Maxine, Amber Jay, Lazygirl and Micayl for the:- 'LIMF Academy Orchestrated' concert, performing specially arranged, cross genre original music and covers.

Peter Garden, Executive Director, Performance and Learning at Liverpool Philharmonic, said:- "We're excited to be partnering with LIMF Academy to present this fantastic opportunity for young people to find out more about the possibilities of a career in the music industry from leading figures in the business. Last year Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Session Orchestra's collaboration with LIMF Academy artists raised the roof of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and we are looking forward to another spectacular concert showcasing these talented young musicians. We are very grateful to LIMF Academy and its superb artists for partnering with us again this year."

Yaw Owusu, Programme Director for LIMF Academy, said:- "It's an honour to be working closely again with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company on their Careers Day programme. The opportunity for a wide range of emerging music creators and musicians to learn from experts and each other is so vital in the development of talent in our City. We are extremely excited to also be able to collaborate on the LIMF Academy orchestrated element of the programme too, which will see some of the most talented solo artists from our cohort perform with the youth session orchestra. It is going to be great!"

Tickets for Careers Fest are £5. More information can be found at:- LiverpoolPhil.Com. Tickets for LIMF Academy Orchestrated are £10, with £5 for under 25s. More information can be found can also be found on the website.

Merseyside charities scoop share of £120,000 festive financial boost

3 charities based in Merseyside have received a £1,000 Christmas gift thanks to the Benefact Group. The charities were nominated to win a share of £120,000 by members of the public as part of the Benefact Group's annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

Comhaltas in Britain, which helps to preserve traditional Irish music in:- Britain through concerts and training, Teardrops Supporting Your Community, which supports the homeless and vulnerable in:- St Helens, and 4th Heswall (St Peters) Sea Scout Group, are the local charities set to benefit from the money following overwhelming public support in the area.

Over 3,400 Merseyside residents nominated a cause close to their hearts, with 3,500 charitable causes in the area receiving votes. The 120 winning charities across the UK were picked at random from those nominated.

Thanking supporters in Merseyside, Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said:- "Charitable giving is at the heart of our business at the Benefact Group. We are delighted to be giving back to deserving charitable causes once more with our annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign, part of our Movement for Good Awards. In these challenging times, we know that £1,000 can make a real difference and we're looking forward to seeing how this festive financial boost will changes lives for the better and bring a positive start to 2023. Out of some 5 million companies in the UK, we are the 4th largest corporate donor* and have an ambition to be the largest. As a Group of financial service businesses, uniquely owned by a charity, all available profits go to good causes, and the more our loyal customers support us to grow, the more the Group can give. As a company, our purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society and, together, we can help many good causes to continue their support for those who need it most in these difficult times."

A representative from Comhaltas in Britain said:- "We are a traditional Irish music charity and we teach traditional Irish music in 22 areas in the UK. We will be using the money to support our teachers, getting them together to share their learnings, resources, challenges and support each other. We are delighted to have received this donation, thank you very much."

The full list of the 120 charity winners is available to view online at:- MovementForGood.Com.

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