Welcome to Sistema in Norwich
A Sistema for Norwich
Sistema in Norwich is an independent programme run by NORCA, inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema approach and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. Catton Grove Primary School, Norwich Primary Academy and Lakenham are working with the Sistema in Norwich team, through after-school sessions in each school each week. 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. As well as learning to play music it helps them to gain confidence, work together and achieve. It really works!
'Excellent, excellent, excellent. My son has soaked up the whole experience. Please God keep it going. It's WORKING!'
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Find out how to support Sistema in Norwich, follow this link
If you would like to donate to support the work of Sistema in Norwich, however much or little, we would be really appreciative. Any donation will help - £30-£50 will contribute to an musical instrument, £500 will keep a child in the programme for an entire year. Here's where you can donate via Virgin Giving
Here's a quick link to the Sistema in Norwich blog
And some films
If you would like to watch the video that Sistema England produced about our trip to Venezuela then it is here.
Sistema England is a UK-based network of Sistema-inspired projects. You can read about it on Robert Hugill's blog here.
and the Sistema England web address is sistemaengland.org.uk
Gustavo Dudamel talking about Sistema
Watch this video to understand more about how El Sistema works to improve the life chances of young people across the world, including right here in Norwich and Great Yarmouth through the work of Sistema in Norwich Click here for YouTube link.
Larkman School is now an academy - name change
One of the schools we work with, Larkman Primary School, is now an academy school and has been renamed Norwich Primary Academy
It's an exciting time for Sistema who, in the last few days, have played as part of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations, hosted their annual Summer Concert at Epic and now are off to play with other Sistemas from the UK in Toronto
Sistema Norwich is the Lord Mayor's Civic Charity of the Year
Each year the Lord Mayor and Sheriff choose a charity to represent and raise funds for during their year.
The civic charity appeal for 2015-16 is Sistema in Norwich, which works to help children learn to play instruments in an orchestra. The charity has a particular focus on providing access to music for those who may otherwise not have such opportunities.
Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur said: “The Sheriff, Brenda Beryl, and I are delighted to be able to champion Sistema Norwich. We really value the work it does to give children and young people the opportunity to experience the rewards – the confidence, sense of achievement and collaboration – participating in music can bring.”
If you have an unused string, brass or woodwind instrument at home, please consider donating it to Sistema in Norwich. Our children are growing and need bigger instruments and the more we have, the more children can take part. If you have one, please take it to the Queen's Road store or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Evaluation report from Sistema Scotland about the impact of Sistema
This report makes very interesting reading and underpins the methodology of Sistema
Sistema in Norwich welcomes visiting musician from Venezuela
Félix Briceño is a violinist and conductor. He is in Norwich for two weeks to work with the children of the Sistema in Norwich programme.
Since 2012 he is a regional musical director at Fundamusical for the state of Aragua. He was music director of the Guatire nucleo from 2003 to 2009. He is the principal conductor for the Symphony Orchestra of Aragua and the Youth Orchestra of Maracay. In 2006 and 2008 he studied conducting at Sherborne Summer School of Music with Robert Houlihan, Denise Ham, Rodolfo Saglimbeni and George Hurst.
King's Ely school student Isaac Bateman went busking at Christmas to raise money for Sistema in Norwich, which he generously donated with these words:
'Every Christmas, since I was about ten, I have gone busking in Ely. This year I decided to support Sistema. I am always amazed how generous people are at Christmas. I look forward to doing it again this year, and perhaps coming along to some Sistema events in Norwich and helping out.'
The Sistema In Norwich fundraising concert on Friday 28 February went really well. The house was full, the children were confident, composed and played beautifully, and Tasmin's recital was amazing. Click on the picture above for more photos.