The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has once again invited an entire age group to be its godchildren, this time all babies born in Helsinki in 2012.
The aim of the HPO's Godchildren is to
- awaken a love of music and playing music
- offer families a shared experience
- support the development of musical and motor skills in children
- lower the threshold for families to visit the Helsinki Music Centre
Altogether 3400 families have signed up for the programme, representing over half of the entire age group. The invitation was passed on to families with the help of Helsinki’s child welfare clinics. Families who register for the Godchild Project receive a gift CD featuring classic orchestral music that is performed at special concerts in spring and autumn geared to the child’s age at the time.
Godchildren get to participate in thematic children’s concerts in spring and active concerts with workshops in autumn. The seven-year Godchild Project will culminate with a spring concert in 2019, when they will get to perform together with the Godchild Orchestra at the Concert Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre.