Cumbria Music Service

Sound Around creates opportunities for young people and those with special educational needs and disabilities to engage with live orchestral music. The project is just into it's second year - Carlisle is one of only 6 cities to have been selected and we are delighted to be working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Project so far:

In December,  James Rennie School hosted a visit from an octet of musicians from the RPO to perform a specially-devised concert. Music Leader Tim Steiner and musicians from the RPO have worked with the SEND and Learning Support teams to deliver workshops at Trinity School with a specially invited team of Young Producers, who play a part in devising every aspect of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances and developing ideas for their concerts. The team have been busy selecting the programme, concert planning, script writing and rehearsing, creating props, learning about backstage technology and designing programmes and posters. BBC Radio Cumbria visited the team at the workshop on Friday 2 February and you can hear the feature on BBC iPlayer (the last 5 minutes of the programme)  

Coming soon:

The project culminates with a free concert for primary schools on 23  February and a relaxed afternoon concert on Saturday 24 February at 2.30pm at The Sands Centre, Carlisle.  


  • Thomas and Rowan who are helping manage the event particularly enjoyed creating the movie for the performance and the opportunity to work as team
  • Steven, who will be operating the spotlight for the concerts is enjoying doing something different from normal lessons, and having something important to do
  • Adam Brooks from the Learning Support team at Trinity School commented "It's been fantastic, They really enjoy it. they actually create something that goes out into the world".