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

Sistema in Norwich picks up the baton from In Harmony

Announcing a new Sistema for Norwich

Sistema in Norwich has grown out of the wonderful work created by In Harmony Norwich and Sistema England but is a new and independent programme run by NORCA based on the Venezuelan El Sistema approach, inspired by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. Both Catton Grove Primary School and Larkman Primary School are looking forward to the new term with the Sistema in Norwich team continuing to work with them! Click on the images below to read more. In the links at the top you can watch films and look at photographs of some of our work and read what people say.

A Sistema programme is a way of working with children and music to enable them to learn to play an instrument in an orchestra in a fun and inspiring way, by learning together and playing together in front of an audience right from the start, particularly with children who may not have access to musical learning in other ways. It helps them to gain confidence, work together and achieve. It works!