Young refugees find hope in El Sistema Sweden’s Dream Orchestra

The children in the classroom fled from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Somalia. They know about war, about walking for days, weeks and months, hiding from border guards, travelling fifty to a boat or twenty to a car, and about concealing themselves under lorry platforms. Music, however, is something they know very little about. They signed up

A day of music and young leadership at the Southbank Centre

The 46 members of the Sistema England Young Leaders Orchestra gathered on 16 January at the Southbank Centre, for a day of discussion, rehearsal and performance in celebration of the residency of Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. See below a selection of photos of the day, taken for Sistema England

Young leaders from Sistema programmes created their own orchestra in a week ‘It’s been an amazing week and a week that I will never forget… I can’t wait until next year’. Kayleigh (12, cello, Norwich). 'This is your orchestra. It is up to you to lead on how it sounds, what it looks like and whether it continues to exist,' said Fiona Cunningham, CEO of Sistema

Midweek report: Sistema England Young Leaders Programme

The first half of the week of the Sistema England Young Leaders Programme is proof that working hard and having fun are entirely compatible. Young musicians from In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, Sistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project have gathered at Kingswood’s Overstrand Hall. 'It’s been really difficult but good at the same

Musicians from Orquestra Geração and Chineke! join Young Leaders Programme

Teachers and mentors from the new Chineke! orchestra and from Portugal’s Orquestra Geração will join Venezuelan conductor Félix Briceño and young musicians and staff from In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, Sistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project for a week of inspiring music making in Sistema England's Young Leaders Programme. Guest consultant is Chi-chi

A life-changing experience in Sweden for young musicians from Telford and Norwich

'These kids have matured by three years in one week,' said one of the teachers as we walked through Gothenburg. That really is the best description of the effect that the trip to Sweden has had on this group of young musicians from In Harmony Telford and Sistema in Norwich. They arrived on the 14th of June, clearly excited but

Music takes our young musicians to Italy, Sweden and Canada

Over the next three months, children and tutors from English Sistema programmes will have gone to Italy, Sweden and Canada as part of a European Union Culture Programme funded exchange between Europe and Canada. SMEEC, as it is known, will see fifty seven English children taking part, with each visit culminating in a performance. The first