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El Sistema Sweden Academy—Time to Sign Up

The El Sistema Academy kicks off El Sistema Sweden’s tenth anniversary year celebrations. The Academy focuses on strong El Sistema-inspired teaching practices and runs January 31–February 2 in Stockholm. It features a distinguished faculty of 15, including Gerald Wirth (President/Artistic Director...
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The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Goes to Govanhill

by Kirsty Yanik, Communications and Marketing Manager, Sistema Scotland In autumn 2019, a collaboration between Sistema Scotland, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Holyrood Secondary School brought about a unique residency. For a few days in early October, the BBC...
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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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El Sistema Finland: Tempo’s 10-year Celebration

Since 2009, El Sistema Finland‘s Tempo Orchestra has provided and fostered music-making opportunities for children hailing from various backgrounds. It began as a project called “A whole world in the suburb,” and was financed through Finland’s Ministry of the Interior....
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EDITORIAL: The Transformative Power of Big

I have been lucky enough to attend the last three gatherings of the global Sistema’s biggest events—Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden, Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra, and the YOLA National Festival.  There is no getting around it—these are gigantically...
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The Social Classroom of the Teatro Real

The Aula Social (Social Classroom) program of the Social Action Foundation for Music of Madrid, Spain, was launched in September 2015, with the active support of the Teatro Real, Madrid’s legendary opera house.  The launch was propelled by an intensive...
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