In 2009 Julian Lloyd Webber launched In Harmony Lambeth to help children from disadvantaged areas around London to build self-confidence and access musical education.
Julian Lloyd Webber was inspired by the great 1970s Venezuelan maestro Jose Antonio Abreu who saw the favelas of Venezuela increasingly descending into armed violence, with children often on the front line. He founded El Sistema to form ad hoc orchestras, in which children are provided with instruments and learn together. This project has been so successful it now involves 500,000 children across the Venezuelan favelas, providing them with an alternative to lives of boredom and crime.
At a recent dinner held at Thomas Goode, five children from In Harmony Lambeth were invited to showcase their skills to a delighted audience of global CEOs that included the former Norwegian Prime Minister and the former German Minister of Defence.