Sistema at the Circus Saturday 27 October 7pm

Sistema in Norwich’s Colegate Nucleo Orchestra teams up with Lost in Translation Circus at the Oak Circus Centre for a unique new commission as the 3rd concert of the Sistema Performance Project

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On Saturday 27 October at 7pm an exciting new show involving 8 circus performers, 14 teenage musicians and 6 tutors will amaze you with aerial acts, dazzling acrobatics and juggling while the Sistema in Norwich Colegate Nucleo orchestra plays specially composed music, inspired by the history of circus.

In the third concert of the Sistema in Norwich Performance Project series a disjointed circus troupe interacts with the sound of an orchestra in a game where their bodies harmonise and contrast like fine tuned instruments. Swinging from silks to the sound of violins, tumbling while the trumpets tickle your ears, Lost in Translation Circus and Sistema in Norwich will take you on a journey of music and circus arts, comedy and family fun. Reacting, vibrating, ready to respond to the sound of live music, the performers discover centuries of circus history through especially composed music, from ancient China to a modern jazzy groove.

Conducted by musical director Juan Gabriel Rojas, the concert will be in the fantastic surrounding of the Oak Circus Centre at St Michael Coslany Church, Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3AE

About the Sistema in Norwich Performance Project
The Sistema in Norwich Performance Project is a year-long programme of monthly performances, funded by Arts Council England, which have been devised to give the teenage Colegate Nucleo Orchestra a range of experiences performing for the public partnered with different artistic partners.

Concert #2 was with Norwich-based band The Vagaband at Open – a great success – a combination enjoyed by musicians as well as the audience – a new playing experience, and concert #1 launched the programme in September.

Concert #3 will be just as exciting – with a new piece of music composed by Firdevs Eke – a pianist and composer with a distinctive style that combines

her Eastern roots with classical music, jazz and flamenco. A strong body of work includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, orchestral and voices, as well as arrangements of well known pieces from the Turkish traditional music repertoire. Firdevs Eke’s trio Buhara Ensemble has played throughout Europe.

About Lost in Translation Circus
Lost in Translation Circus, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, is based at the Oak Circus Centre in Norwich, the first establishment of its kind in East Anglia.

Working with a tight-knit group of performers from Italy, UK, Ireland and Australia, the company creates both indoor and outdoor ensemble-based performances, often working with specially composed music.

The new commission has been made possible with funding from the Chivers Trust and the Brighter Future Fund has supported the Sistema at the Circus concert.


For more details contact Marcus Patteson
07590052656  – Mobile
01603 760529  – Work

The Performance Project, which is funded by Arts Council England, is giving young people taking part in Sistema new opportunities to perform and work with professional artists from different backgrounds and musical genres, as well as the chance to work with other young people from across the city and beyond. We hope that, as well as exposing young people to music and opportunities they would not otherwise have experienced, the project will help us develop a bigger audience for our concerts and raise the quality of our ensembles. The project will see us delivering 12 concerts between June 2018 and September 2019.

Sistema in Norwich us a project run by Norfolk & Norwich Community Arts (NORCA)

About Sistema in Norwich
Sistema in Norwich works to transform the lives of children and young people in through participation in music.
We help children realise their potential and succeed across all areas of their lives.

We do this through engaging them in learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra.

We work in areas of social deprivation, where the needs of children, families and the community are greater.

We draw upon El Sistema, the Venezuelan music programme that offers a tested model, with over 30 years’ experience, of how a music programme can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children, seeking to develop effective ways of applying this within our own communities.

Although our most obvious triumphs may be musical, we are a social action programme supporting children to succeed across all areas of their lives.

Orchestras and Groups
In the primary age programme, all children take part in their school orchestra, so there are orchestras at each of our school sites.  These orchestras feed the cross programme orchestras, the Sarah Glover (beginner / intermediate) and Martineau (intermediate / advanced) orchestras.

Older children take part in the Colegate ‘teen’ Sistema, and are part of the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and the Martineau Orchestra.

The programme also runs smaller groups and ensembles, including the percussions ensemble, chamber group and choir.

Sistema in Norwich was developed by Norfolk and Norwich Community Arts (NORCA) before the charity name was changed to include Sistema. NORCA has an extensive track record in social impact through arts participation and engagement.

 Sistema in Norwich performance project is funded though Arts Council England, Norfolk Music Hub, The Chivers Trust and Brighter Future Fund

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