Sunday, 1 June 2014

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #20

ISME conference: only just over 7 weeks to when many of us will meet up in Brazil. Exciting times. I know the Sistema thread through the conference will be excellent and we will have plenty of opportunities to link up formally and informally. I believe the conference programme will be with us very shortly.


Venezuela: Fundamusical in Venezuela has produced an excellent new 13-minute advocacy film about El Sistema, featuring Maestro Abreu.


England:  England’s latest edition of Ensemble is available here: and a great interview with Julian Lloyd Webber here


North America: LA Take a Stand was also inspiring See March and April 2014 ‘The Ensemble’ which have reports from several of those who attended. June’s edition has a lead article by Marshall Marcus, CEO of the European Youth Orchestra and Chair of Sistema England.

A census of the U.S. Sistema movement, produced by Joe Hamm, is available here.

A report by the Sistema Fellows on their residency experiences in Venezuela is here.

And Tricia has also shared a few of the vivid sights and sounds of El Sistema Mexico!  Please click here:


Venezuela: Interesting item here: Venezuela’s “El Sistema” Youth Orchestra System Expands to Public Institutions


Palestine A message from our friends in Palestine who hope we are doing fine and our own programs prosper successfully!

Palestine’s El Sistema inspired project “Sounds of Palestine” in Bethlehem/Palestine is growing and they are looking for experienced volunteer violin teacher(s) that could support us for 6 weeks or more during the coming school year by giving group lessons to our students as well as by training our local violin teacher.


This is the link to their “official call” with more information on the program and on their needs and with the contact information:


Maybe you have an idea who could be interested to join and support them? It also would be very kind of you if you could distribute this link in order to help them reaching many teachers which might possibly be interested.


Thank you very much and all the best.

Katja Eckardt, Project Director “Sounds of Palestine”


Sistema Global Rep and resources – if you haven’t yet visited these links I strongly encourage you to do so, now. Watch this space for further news on research resources. Thanks to Glenn and all of his colleagues for their work on this.



Richard J Hallam MBE

Chair ISME Sistema SIG 2012/2014

mobile 07850 634 239

phone 01908 690078


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