“Music is a form of communication, a way of expressing ideas and sharing emotions. If music is not played for a public it does not fulfill the totality of its function. And, for a music student, playing for a public is an essential part of his or her development as an artist. The musician needs to experiment with this communication, both as a means of evaluating progress, and for the pleasure of giving something valuable to others. Performing also helps motivate students to improve their playing. Having a concert programme helps them to better organise their practise, setting goals and focusing their energy. As well as the opportunity to attend concerts of varied musical styles and settings, students can be inspired by sharing the stage with professional musicians. For all these reasons, performing is a crucial part of developing as a musician.”
Juan Gabriel Rojas, Sistema in Norwich’s Musical Director
The Performance Project is enabling us to develop concert and performance opportunities for young people taking part in Sistema in Norwich (and young people in Norfolk more generally). It is funded by Arts Council England (through Grants for the Arts) and basically means we will be delivering 12 concerts between June 2018 and September 2019.
We want to achieve lots of things through this project
Develop a regular and year round concert series
Develop the audience for Sistema in Norwich concerts
Develop the use of local venues (Octagon Chapel, The Norwich Playhouse, Epic Studios, Open, St Andrews Hall, etc.)
Develop exciting collaborations with professional musicians and music groups
Offer attractive concerts that build on different models of performance including 'side by side' with professional musicians and young person led
Develop programming for and by young people
Commission new repertoire
Develop young people's leadership of the ensembles
Offer opportunities to a wider group of young people in Norfolk (and beyond) to perform
The project will extend many of the impacts we are looking to have on young people's musical and social development.
Concerts will mix young people’s performances with those of professional and semi-professional musicians, offering the audience a high quality musical experience, where young people are not only performing but experiencing a range of music programming and performance themselves.
See our 'Events' page for more information on upcoming concerts. The programme for 2019 will be announced shortly.
Film from the project concerts can be found on the MEDIA page HERE.
The Brighter Futures Fund
The Silk Purse Fund