The Southbank Centre has announced a closer partnership with Lambeth Council on In Harmony Lambeth, with staff from the council joining the Southbank team to run the project on-site. As a regular host of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and Youth Choir, as well as In Harmony groups from around the country, the Southbank Centre is placing itself at the centre of Sistema-inspired projects in England.
The partnership is built into the centre’s long-term thinking with the Glass Pavilion, set to be built as part of the Festival Wing redevelopment plans, planned as the hub of In Harmony-related activity. The pavilion will provide additional space for future ‘nucleo’ workshops and more access for children and young people to open rehearsals by the Southbank’s resident orchestras (which currently rehearse off-site).
Jude Kelly, the Southbank Centre’s artistic director, said: ‘At Southbank Centre we believe that the El Sistema-inspired programmes across the world truly change people’s lives. What we are creating here, and will be developing further with the Festival Wing, is a place dedicated to giving those children and young people who have limited opportunities and resources the chance to discover wonderful music within a world class space, develop their skills, realise their aspirations and encourage future talent.
‘When creative education is constrained by diminishing budgets it’s imperative that we ensure the next generation are not barred from having the chance to fulfil their real potential through rich artistic expression.’
Meanwhile, the Southbank Centre will be hosting a Nucleo Weekend (Friday 28 to Sunday 30 June 2013), inspired by the Venezuelan local community music centres where music lessons are given free to children regardless of their ability and circumstances. Part of Southbank Centre’s summer-long Festival of Neighbourhood, the weekend will offer free music-making opportunities for children, young people and adults.