Tuesday, April 21, 2009
The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela has just completed a series of packed-out performances at the South Bank. The programme notes stated that -
Around 2003, stories began to circulate within the music world about an extraordinary youth orchestra in Venezuela. World famous musicians of the calibre of Sir Simon Rattle talked of El Sistema, a national music system in Venezuela that had produced hundreds of youth orchestras and more than a quarter of a million new musicians, many of them from deeply underprivileged backgrounds, who were playing with a dynamism and professionalism so compelling that they created a social and musical revolution of epic proportions.
To see what is happening click into this video.
Our meeting on July 12th is about Venezuela. How has it been able to produce this social and musical revolution? What else is happening in Venezuela?