Sistema England aims to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music-making.
Sistema England’s objectives are:
- To build a Youth Company that provides high-quality musical progression and life-skills development for the most committed young musicians on Sistema programmes
- To deliver high-quality teacher training, investing in future leaders of ‘music for change’ work
- To run innovation labs and action research for music professionals
- To provide instruments for young musicians in England where otherwise unaffordable
Sistema England organises several projects aimed at both young and experienced practitioners, including:
- Sistema England Young Leaders – a nationwide orchestra comprising the most skilled members from In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, In Harmony Newcastle, In Harmony Telford, Sistema in Norwich and The Nucleo Project.
- Youth Music Spotlighting – a project bringing together music teachers from Sistema-inspired programmes in England to learn and share effective practices with each other and subsequently with the wider music education workforce.
- The Sistema-inspired Music Education and Exchange with Canada (SMEEC) – a European Union Culture Programme funded project allowing children, young people and teachers from In Harmony Lambeth, In Harmony Liverpool, In Harmony Telford & Stoke and Sistema in Norwich to travel and perform outside England.
‘Our young musicians want to make music that is so powerful it influences change – for themselves, together, for others. We are excited to welcome a highly motivational teaching team that can help them achieve this. Each year we get closer to a way of working with young people that leads to electrifying performances, individual empowerment and stronger community. By improving our own practice we want to help others seeking to enable positive change through the arts.’ Fiona Cunningham, CEO of Sistema England.
Sistema England aims within five years to be a recognised leader in the global ‘music for change’ field through enabling both high ‘Musical Return on Investment’ and high Social Return on Investment (SROI) for children and young people. Its aims are:
- To empower children and young people to become agents of their futures and global citizens
- To enable children and young people to make great music and art together
- To increase the workforce of engaging and effective teaching artists
- To strengthen the community of ‘music change makers’ to spread best practices
- Sistema England comprises 3,300 musicians aged 0-18 from more than 80 schools.
- Globally, Sistema-inspired programmes serve an estimated one million people in at least sixty countries.
- Between October 2015 and August 2016, the Sistema England Young Leaders membership grew from 35 to 60 musicians.
- Upwards of 2,000 young musicians and music tutors were able to participate in SMEEC in 2015 thanks to a €200,000 matched funding provision by the EU Culture Programme.
- ‘The energy and the vibe that we get off each other during the camp just energises us and motivates us to keep going, no matter what the challenges are. That’s what’s great about Sistema England.’ Simi, Cellist, In Harmony Lambeth, Sistema England Young Leader
- ‘The summer camp was an amazing experience for all our new and current Young Leaders. Throughout the week the kids were able to go beyond the normal expectations of them.’ Teacher
- ‘I flew to Sweden with ten children – somehow I managed to lose them all! Luckily, the parents of those children seemed thrilled that I brought back ten mature, responsible and inspired young adults in their place! How is it possible for a group of children to become confident, empowered, broad minded and musically progressed in just one week? El Sistema… Achieving huge things alongside new friends, being given the space to make the right decisions and not be held back by the usual restraints in their day to day lives.’ Steve Copley, Music Director, Sistema in Norwich
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