Since 2005, Les Concerts de Poche has been developing high-standard, inclusive musical projects with the finest performers of classical, lyrical and jazz music, giving priority to young people, as well as people and geographical areas farthest from culture.
The Fonds K supports the Petits Violons of the Paris Opéra, which teaches violin to children from underprivileged neighbourhoods and Viva Ensemble, which strives to share the emotions procured from music within the hospital and charity arenas.
The Petits Violons of the Paris Opéra
"Les petits violons" is one of the Paris Opera's educational activities. For three years, the primary school students participating in the program have been benefitted from musical practice workshops for seven hours a week during school hours, as well as meetings with Opera professionals. They also attended rehearsals and performances. The effects of the program are extremely beneficial: teachers have noted an impact on the students' openness to all things cultural and creative, and the majority of students have expressed a desire to pursue an artistic practice at the end of the program. The program ended with a performance of "La Traversée" at the Amphitheatre of the Opéra Bastille.
Launched in 2010, Démos intervenes where access to artistic and cultural education is made difficult by economic and social factors, or by the geographical remoteness of teaching institutions. It offers 3 years of free orchestral musical training for children aged 7 to 12 from disadvantaged neighbourhoods and isolated rural areas. After an initial phase of experimentation within the larger Paris region (2010-2012), a second stage (2012-2015) took place including two additional departments of France (Aisne and Isère) followed by a third (2015-2019) extending to the whole country. This social orchestral and musical education scheme now includes almost fifty orchestras in France.
University Hospital of Geneva
The Fonds K supports the University Hospital of Geneva in its work studying the brain development of premature babies stimulated by exposure to a sound environment - both musical and vocal - specifically created with a view to develop a personalised medical approach. The research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms of brain plasticity and development in the presence of music, enabling Professor Petra Hüppi and her team to do more, at the right time, according to the individual needs of these little ones.