The Ambassadors’ Exchange, Jan 2020

Stephen Ongoma, Ghetto Classics, Nairobi, Kenya “A Ten-Year Celebration of Youth Orchestras in Kenya” Ten years ago, the Kenyan Art of Music Foundation was established to help nurture the talents of young Kenyan musicians from humble backgrounds. As a result,...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, Dec 2019

Axelle Miel, Philippines “Bidirectional Learning” I have recently started reading about the El Sistema philosophy of learning through ensembles, so I’ve been incorporating short and simple pieces into our weekly lessons so that the students can get a chance to...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, Nov 2019

Matthew Jones, United Kingdom As the National Orchestra for All (NOFA) prepares for its upcoming Winter Course, it also looks forward to welcoming many beginner instrumentalists in this year’s edition of “Musical Chairs!” Musical Chairs gives complete beginners the opportunity to...
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Transition Time: A New Home for The WE

Editorial by Eric Booth and Tricia TunstallCo-founders, The World Ensemble It’s exhilarating to make something new. Anyone who’s ever started a “music for social change” program, or any kind of new program, or even any work of art or craft, knows that...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, October 2019

Celebrating Childhood and Music, by Timor Sultani (Sweden) What a fantastic evening of music! On 11th September, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended a 20-year anniversary celebration of The World Childhood Foundation at the Gothenburg Concert Hall. World-renowned...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, September 2019

My Summer with the NPO Seven Spirit Orchestra, by Axelle Miel (The Philippines) For the second half of summer I interned at NPO Seven Spirit, a Cebu-based non-profit organization that provides free classical music lessons to underprivileged children around the...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, July 2019

Young Africa Works: Focus on Kenyan Youth, by Linet Othieno (Kenya) Towards the end of May, Ghetto Classics had a performance at the UN Assembly. The theme was Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities.  This month we also had the...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, June 2019

Teaching as Learning, by Luara Baqueiro (Brazil) I started playing double bass by chance, and thanks to my years of study at NEOJIBA, I have hope for a better future through music.  I first felt this hope when I joined the...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, May 2019

Artistic Youth Camps Across Kenya, by Linet Othieno (Kenya) Exciting things have been happening every day this month at Ghetto Classics. We had 4 two-week camps take place. First was the Ghetto Classics Mukuru kwa Ruben, a music program in Nairobi. The kids...
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