Bridging Sounds Roma Youth Orchestra

“The Bridging Sounds Roma Youth Orchestra is the first Roma Youth Orchestra in the UK! It is a unique and pioneering initiative borne out of a specific need to train young talented Roma musicians in an environment that is both culturally diverse and inclusive, and which is celebratory of their rich musical tradition.

The Project is building bridges between Roma and non-Roma young beneficiaries, professional musicians and audiences, which is resulting in new and superb fusion Roma sounds. Additionally, it is promoting tolerance and combating anti-Roma prejudice by enhancing awareness of Roma music heritage, as well as developing artistic excellence, both in terms of creating high-quality music and nurturing young talented musicians amongst one of the most excluded ethnic minority groups.

 The Project is advancing the young beneficiaries’ music skills as well as training them to play as an ensemble. To enable cross-age Roma and non-Roma beneficiaries of mixed instrumental abilities (intermediate and advanced level) to enhance their skills, we will use peer-tutoring in small groups under Music Tutors’ guidance as part of rehearsals.

 This online tool will include photos, notations that can be downloaded, as well as meetings dates, links to tutors, performance diary, which will be accessible to both artists and the general public. This will be used as a virtual meeting point where dialogue and learning can take place.”

 This Project is jointly funded by the Arts Council and the Rayne Foundation, and it is being delivered in partnership with the Roma Support Group, the Newham Academy of Music and the Grand Union Youth Orchestra.

 The rehearsals take place every Saturday from 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Newham Academy of Music, New VIc College, Prince Regent Lane, London E13 8SG.

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