Many years ago the famous philosopher Plato said that “rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul”. Today, music remains one of the most enduring art forms the world has. Founded by Julian Lloyd Webber, Sistema England is a British charity that seeks to transform the lives of children, young people and their communities through the power of music making, as part of the international El Sistema movement.
As well as running England’s major musical instrument donation bank, Sistema England collaborates with a range of other programmes to use music for positive change in communities. It reaches over 3,500 pupils in more than 80 schools in England. Many people agree that Sistema makes a difference in the lives of the pupils, both musically and socially. “Sometimes it’s difficult to get to know peopIe,” said Freya, a Sistema England Young Leader from Liverpool. “But I feel like music brings us closer together.”
Sistema England’s projects focus on musical progression for young people, leadership and teacher development and global knowledge exchange. One project, the Young Leaders Programme, brings together the most talented and committed young musicians from six Sistema programmes across England to create a vibrant orchestra. Victoria, one of the Young Leaders says that she hopes it can “make other people as happy as we are”. This year, 60 young musicians participated in the programme. Watch a video featuring the journey so far for these musicians here.
Sistema England is part of a global community working to serve an estimated one million children in at least 55 countries. It works to help children achieve great music and create change. To find out more about the work of Sistema England, visit its website.