Welcome to Sistema in Norwich
A Sistema for Norwich
Sistema in Norwich is a new and independent programme run by NORCA, inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema approach and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. Both Catton Grove Primary School and Larkman Primary School are working with the Sistema in Norwich team, through three 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!'
A comment to this site from a parent
Find out how to support Sistema in Norwich, follow this link
A donation for Sistema
Sistema in Norwich would like to thank Crosswinds Brass Quintet for their generous donation and for fund-raising on behalf of Sistema in Norwich
Thank you also David and Rose Baulcombe who organised a carol concert where they raised some money for Sistema in Norwich and have now kindly set up a regular payment via Just Giving.
The John Jarrold Trust bought new Sistema in Norwich t-shirts for the concert. Bright yellow, they look cheerful and vibrant. Thank you JJT.
People who support Sistema
Sistema in Norwich's first business sponsor is The Rees Consultancy in Norfolk who is supporting the project financially and with expertise. Read more about our supporters here
Photographer Pete Huggins is supporting Sistema in Norwich with photography for publicity and website. Thank you for wonderful photographs Pete.
Marion Catlin of Design Shift has been working on the visual identity and website for Sistema in Norwich in support of the programme. She says 'I have pitched in for Sistema in Norwich because it needs the support and the resources of the community in which it belongs - Norwich. We all need to help make sure all of our citizens have the best chance in life to grow'.
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.
News and updates
The next Sistema in Norwich concert is at The Plantation Gardens, Earlham Road on June 22nd. Details soon
A really big event in the pipeline is a concert on Friday 5 July at EPIC in Magdalen Street as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival when the Martineau Children's Orchestra will play alongside children from Lambeth and from Liverpool over a live internet stream. They will play together at the same time in Norwich and Liverpool. We think it will be a world first.
Tickets are free but if you want to pay for a ticket you can choose Guest -Donation and pay what you like. But you must book as seats are limited - click on this button to book
Research trip to Venezuela
Artistic director Marcus and Music director Steve recently went on a research trip to Venezuela to meet the people that have been working with El Sistema for many years. Have a look at some photos here and a film about the trip and the principles of El Sistema here
Here's a quick link to the Sistema in Norwich blog
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