• Boeing supports Prince's Trust, London Philharmonic Orchestra

    London, United Kingdom,  December 20, 2012 - In early December, six young people from a Prince’s Trust xl club stood nervously as the conductor took his place and the audience quieted.

    Performing in front of a full house, the musicians picked up their instruments and, with other members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra young adult group known as "The Band," made their musical debut by performing an original score.

    The Prince’s Trust xl clubs provide a personal development program aimed at at-risk youth. Introduced to the London Philharmonic Orchestra through Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship program in the United Kingdom, the two organizations partnered to create an intense three-week course where young people learn self-confidence, teamwork and commitment through music. At the end of the course they perform at London’s Southbank Centre, home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    “The Prince’s Trust is an organization that Boeing in the UK has been proud to support for many years,” said Boeing United Kingdom President Sir Roger Bone. “Linking them with the London Philharmonic and creating the conditions whereby the students can succeed is an effort we are very pleased to support.”

    Asked the impact on students playing with experienced members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra affords, teacher Steve Daniels of Harris Academy Greenwich was enthusiastic about the benefits.

    “The entire experience has been inspirational,” Daniels said. “It’s amazing how far the students have come in terms of self-esteem and confidence in just a short amount of time. This is an experience that will make a difference in their lives.”

    Helen Searl from the London Philharmonic Orchestra added that the project was gratifying.

    “It’s been such an important project for us to be involved with," Searl said. "In the past year we’ve been given opportunities to work with lots of groups we wouldn’t usually get the chance to, and the whole experience has allowed us to really develop our program of education and engagement.”

    Bone affirmed that Boeing is making a difference.

    “Making a difference is what it’s all about,” Bone said. “One day, these young people may be playing a vital role in our manufacturing industries and perhaps in aerospace. We partner with the Prince’s Trust to help these young people develop the confidence to stand on their own feet and to meet life’s challenges.”

    The Prince’s Trust is a national youth charity that helps change young lives. More than 54,000 13- to 30-year-olds were assisted by The Prince’s Trust in 2012, with more than 75 percent progressing into work, education or training.

    The London Philharmonic Orchestra is regarded as one of the world’s finest orchestras, combining a traditional repertoire alongside world premieres of new performances and a varied program of education for young people and families.