Sistema concert tonight Sat 8 June with special guest Ephrain Oscher



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.


Sistema Norwich 8 June 2019

Next in the series of concerts for the Sistema Performance Project

Saturday 8 June 7pm Noverre Suite, Assembly House
SISTEMA COMPOSERS with Efraín Oscher
£7 Full / £5 Concs / £4 Sistema Parents, Under 16s FREE

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Sistema in Norwich is a programme that uses the experience of joyful, collective music-making to build resilience and raise aspiration among children and young people from some of Norwich’s poorest estates.

About Sistema Performance Project
The Sistema Performance Project will develop a series of concerts over the coming year with the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra, creating more opportunities for public performance and enabling our young people to work with a range of professional musicians and ensembles with different styles.  The project has created an exciting and engaging concert programme to show the progress of our young players, support the development of the Sistema in Norwich programme and extend the impact of our work with young people, including developing leadership.

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

Sistema Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and The Vagaband join forces on Sunday 23 September 7pm at Open

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Sistema in Norwich recently gained funding to plan a whole series of concerts working with different musicians and types of music. This is the first concert after the launch in July There will be another with Lost in Translation Circus Company at Oak Circus Centre on 27 October – see

Sunday 23 September DOORS 7.00pm
£8 adv | £6 concs* | £2 under 18s

Sistema in Norwich presents the second concert in their Arts Council funded ‘Performance Project’ series, a collaboration between the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and the Vagaband.

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Sistema Norwich launches new programme of performance by the Colegate Nucleo Saturday 30 June

Sistema Norwich recently won funding for a project to help their most senior orchestra, the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra who are the children who started with the Sistema project many years ago now and these children are now teenagers and accomplished musicians.

This project is offering them a series of performance opportunities working with other groups of musicians – different styles and collaborations creating an exciting series. The first is this Saturday 30 June, 7pm in their home venue – the Octagon Chapel.

If you have never been to a Sistema concert before, come and find out what they are about, and if you have, come and see how well they have progressed under the leadership of virtuoso violinist and musical director, Juan Gabriel Rojas, who will also be playing with his partner Firdevs Eke. All info on the poster below


New edition of Music in Norwich is out!

Please to say that the newest edition of Music in Norwich is now out on the streets in hard copy and is available to pick up free from the Tourist Information Centre, Theatre Royal, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Arts Roundup racks and many other place around Norwich and Norfolk as well as a pdf download from this siteMusic in Norwich spring 17.jpg

Sistema in Norwich Summer concert 28 June at Epic

Sistema in Norwich proudly raises the curtain on the Young Norfolk Arts Festival with a concert by the Martineau Children’s Orchestra.

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At Epic Studios, Magdalen Street Saturday 28 June 2014

With an exciting and varied repertoire including pieces from Beethoven, Prokofiev and even the Verve, the Martineau Children’s Orchestra will be joined by Sistema Toronto on the big screen!

To attend, please book a free ticket via Eventbrite

If you would like to donate to Sistema in Norwich by paying for a ticket please buy a donation ticket

Sistema in Norwich is an independent programme run by NORCA, inspired by and linked to Venezuela’s world famous El Sistema Music Programme, and their flagship orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Tasmin Little supports Sistema in Norwich

Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music supports Norwich Sistema*  both financially and artistically wherever possible. Tasmin Little, who has worked with Sistema projects elsewhere, has kindly agreed to come to Norwich the day before her recital with Martin Roscoe, to work with the children during the day and in the evening of  28 February she will be giving  a Fundraising concert at the John Innes Centre – details below. Several audience members have expressed an interest in making personal contributions to this project and it will be an opportunity to find out more. Please do come along, bring friends if possible, and enjoy a glass of wine and violin playing by one of the foremost artists of our generation.

Saturday 1st March 2014, 7 pm
Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music
John Innes Centre, Norwich

Tasmin Little  – Naked Violin
in support of Norwich Sistema

Patterson: Luslawice Variations Op 50
J S Bach: Partita No 3 in E maj BWV1006 Loure, Gavotte & Gigue
Albeniz: Leyenda
Ysaye: Sonata No 3 ‘Ballade’

Programme approx 90 mins without interval

Tickets £15 to include a glass of wine (£10 if you already have or intend to buy tickets for the 1  March concert. Box office; Prelude 25b St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JN Tel 01603 628319

Sistema in Norwich is a new and independent project based on the Venezuelan El Sistema music education and social change programme, made famous by the world renowned Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. El Sistema has inspired children all over the world and helped them to improve their life chances.

For three and a half years, NORCA (Norfolk & Norwich Community Arts) was part of a pilot a programme funded by the UK government which provided over 1,000 Norwich school children with musical, social and personal development, and created twoorchestras made up of young children from the Larkman and Catton Grove areas of the city.  Learning from existing work by El Sistema and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra which is the most famous example of what El Sistema can achieve, Norwich has seen the development of a ground-breaking project that improves the lives of some of the city’s most deprived children through participation in music.

The pilot programme was called In Harmony Norwich and was part of a 3-year national pilot that included Norwich, Liverpool and Lambeth, funded by the Department for Education.

When funding for this pilot came to an end Sistema in Norwich was created to continue this work in the existing schools (Catton Grove and Larkman Primary). Additionally, Sistema in Norwich is now available to a wider range of schools and will be more flexible in the way that it delivers music education and social change through music. The priorities are individual and social development through the skills required to learn music, play an instrument, and work as a team member in an orchestra.

Sistema in Norwich is currently supported through the schools’ own budgets, sponsorship and funding from Norfolk Music Hub and local Trusts. In order to develop a full Sistema programme, a fundraising appeal will be launched in the autumn.

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Sistema in Norwich concert Friday 5 July at Epic

Friday 5 July 7.30pm
Epic Studios, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1JD. ​

This concert is part of the new Young Norfolk Arts Festival 28 Jube-7th July – other events listed on a website here

A world first! At 7.30pm on Friday 5 July in Norwich, two Sistema orchestras will perform simultaneously through a live web stream.  Using state-of-the-art facilities at Epic Studios, the Sistema Norwich Martineau Orchestra will perform alongside children from Liverpool (over an internet link) and Lambeth. The programme includes pieces to commemorate Benjamin Britten’s centenary year. The Martineau Orchestra will be joined by a Quartet from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. ​This is a concert not to miss!​

Tickets are free but you have to book to reserve a seat. Book via this link which will take you to an Eventbrite booking page. If you book a seat and then can’t come, please release the booking or let us know so that someone else can come.

Sistema in Norwich is an independent programme inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema approach, changing lives through music. Sistema in Norwich is a social change music education programme managed by Norwich & Norfolk Community Arts