El Sistema

October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Update… this argument by Stephen Fry debating against the motion that “classical music is irrelevant to todays’ youth” echoes many of the sentiments expressed by Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of El Sistema.

“Music has to be recognized as an … agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values — solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings.”
(José Antonio Abreu – founder of El Sistema in Venezuela)

The results of this incredible music system can be seen here in following inspirational clip of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra.

Here in Western Australia we have the WA Youth Music Association
It should be supported nurtured and cherished by all West Australians.

“Established in 1974, the Western Australian Youth Music Association (formerly the Western Australian Youth Orchestra Association) has enriched and diversified music practice in Australia, which in recent years has been through the delivery of eight ensembles, comprising close to 500 members.  The Association regularly reaches live audiences in excess of 30,000 per annum.”

http://www.wayma.asn.au/

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