Thirty-six talented and committed young musicians from Sistema programmes in England will come together in October to build an orchestra in a week.

This year In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, Sistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project will send some of their most experienced musicians to pursue musical excellence together.

“With our Young Leaders Programme, we aim to create a vibrant ensemble with a strong youth voice, that demonstrates that great music-making and youth ownership are entirely compatible,” said Fiona Cunningham, CEO of Sistema England.

The Music Director this year will be Venezuelan conductor Félix Briceño. Earlier this year, Felix worked with Sistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project as part of Sistema England’s Sharing Notes project, and later as guest conductor of The Nucleo Project’s summer camp.

The ensemble will be joined by a group of music mentors, exceptional musicians aged 16+, who will mentor, role-model and help lead sectionals.

In 2016, Sistema England aims to develop the programme into a Youth Company that includes orchestra, choir and other ensembles.

Sistema England is grateful to the generous funders and in-kind supporters of the Sistema England Young Leaders programme:

The BBB Violin Trust
The Ashla Charitable Trust
Norie Charitable Trust
Kingswood Learning and Leisure Group Limited
Individual donors through JustGiving: