The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic runs a Sistema-inspired In Harmony education project in West Everton, breeding ground for footballers and one of the more deprived and miserable urban areas in the country.
Some 283 kids are involved, and 68 of them are joining the orchestra in a concert this afternoon.
Orchestra people were sharing tales of their Everton ventures at dinner on Hope Street last night. One said that he’d seen a couple of kids, ten years old, beating the hell of each other on the dingy streets. Separated, the boys were asked what they were fighting about.
‘Bowings,’ said one.