The project aim is to ‘commission’ the people of Liverpool and its 'various' visitors to make a world-class string quartet of instruments - two violins, viola and cello. This ‘Liverpool Quartet’ will have a minimum working life of four hundred years and during this time they will be hired out for recording, performance and exhibition worldwide …and the funds generated will be used to finance and support music education projects throughout Merseyside. It’s all about today's Scousers gifting a tangible inheritance to the Scousers of tomorrow … and about the creation of culture … not just its consumption. The making will be done using the original techniques of the master Italian luthier Antoni Stradivari (b1644 - d1737) under the supervision of Liverpool’s own luthier Michael Phoenix … so that means no power tools or electricity … just simple hand tools and by candlelight. This project is a world’s-first for Liverpool, as communal making on this scale has never been done before and it will engage all social groups within the city. Everyone, regardless of physical or learning challenges, will be able to perform some task in the building of these historic legacy instruments … no one, for any reason, will be excluded. The making will take between two to three years to complete and it is planned that thousands of people from all walks of Liverpool life, and visitors to our city, will take part. A premier performance concert for the ‘Liverpool Quartet’ will be held to celebrate its ‘birth’ and the project will be fully documented and recorded so that Scousers of the future can look back at the makers of the instruments that they are hearing. The making will be done in the garden studio at the Bluecoat, the oldest building in the centre of Liverpool.
'' The Scouservarius Project is committed to providing benefits that will continue for hundreds of years through the instruments and those who use, maintain and perform with them ... The social benefits of a project like this is immense. Here is a project where it will enable many people from an enormous diverse selection of backgrounds, ages, and abilities to actively become involved and create a future for themselves and others. ... This is not just a handout, this is the fishing rod to help fish, this is the materials to build, this is the stuff of today and hundreds of tomorrows to come ... When you give funds to this project you will be breathing life into it. Your contribution will enable this project to rise up and become an inheritance that can be seen and heard again and again and again.''
Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE
The project perfectly fits the recognised 5 steps to mental well-being
Connect - taking part will make you feel valued and being in a community project you’ll get to interact with new people.
Be active - standing at the bench and sawing, gouging or gluing requires physical activity and can be gentle and slower-paced or intense.
Take notice - making a musical instrument is all about concentration, being aware, making choices and being in and savouring ‘the moment’.
Learn - making a violin is known as the 'ultimate woodworking project' ... it's art and craft, beauty and function. The learning experience is at both the physical and mental levels.
Give - participation in a community legacy project is the kindness of giving to people of the present and people of the future.