Saturday 8 June 7pm Noverre Suite, Assembly House
SISTEMA COMPOSERS with Efraín Oscher
£7 Full / £5 Concs / £4 Sistema Parents, Under 16s FREE
Tickets available on the door
Next in the series of concerts for the Sistema Performance Project, this time with the Venezuelan composer and flautist Efrain Oscher and Sistema musical director Juan Gabriel Rojas. The performers are the Teen Sistema orchestra who have been learning for nearly ten years and are now accomplished musicians.
If you have never heard of Sistema then you might want a bit of background.
Sistema started in Norwich ten years ago. You may have heard them in the early days when they had just been given instruments – one of the key features of the programme is that children start to play in the orchestra, and in public, right from the very beginning. This meant that some of the early concerts were quite tough listening! However, now with three orchestras of different levels of age and accomplishment, the smaller teen orchestra has been performing on a regular basis, schooled by Juan Gabriel and they no longer sound like school-children. If you have not attended a Sistema concert recently I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at the quality and range of the music.
Originally called In Harmony, the programme was funded by the Government for three years, basing the programme on the very successful El Sistema project in Venezuela which resulted in the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra led by the charismatic Gustavo Dudamel which many people have heard of as they now tour the world.
When Sistema started in Norwich it was in three primary schools in Mile Cross, Larkman and Catton Grove and the whole school played. Now the programme has spread to other schools in the city, concentrating on areas where most children would not otherwise have the opportunity to play. It is a social impact music programme which aims to enable and inspire children through participation in music. It is no longer funded by the government but depends on a range of sources ranging from school budgets, public funding via the Norfolk Music Hub and Arts Council, trusts and funds such as the Freeman’s Charity, Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club and Chivers Trust and business sponsors such as Art Angels, The Rees Consultancy and Culture Shift. It also depends on donations and volunteer support.
If you can help in any way, as a sponsor, volunteer or have an instrument to donate, or money – all help is welcome for this valuable project which depends on help to keep going, providing free music and instruments to children who would otherwise miss out.