Northern Trust Corp.'s U.K. employees will be making music with schools in London boroughs as part of its community outreach program, Northern Trust Community Partners.
The money management and custody banking firm is working with the London-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to establish its “Young Person's Music and Mentoring Programme.”
A spokeswoman said Northern Trust expects to donate 200 days this year to the orchestra project.
Under its community outreach program, launched for Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2009, full-time employees may take two paid days off each year to participate in community outreach projects organized by Northern Trust. Last year more than 1,000 volunteers donated about 12,500 hours to the project.
The new program began March 21 at a primary school in Lewisham, a borough in southeast London. Northern Trust employees visited the school to mentor students who were exploring themes about identity and who will express themselves through song lyrics, poems, creative writing or bullet points. A team of musicians and leaders from the orchestra will visit the school at a later date to help students compose pieces of music based on their work. The project will culminate in two performances for family, students and staff in May.