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Music from the hearts of the Venezuelan youth

The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, directed by Gustavo Dudamel, will perform for five days in the United Kingdom.


The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (OSSBV) and the Venezuelan director Gustavo Dudamel have moved one step closer in the interpretation of classical music and, according to critics, they have shown the public “what this can become”.

The performances by Dudamel and the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra are referred to as “sensational”.  They achieve vital and exciting concerts with a sensational technique which has lead them to be appreciated around the world.

The pioneering system of youth work by the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de Venezuela – National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (known as El Sistema – The System) has taken thousands of Venezuelan children off the streets and out of poverty and thanks to music they have managed to move away from marginality and into work.

Many internationally renowned musicians have been born from this orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela is considered to be one of the best formations.

The System was created more than 30 years ago by José Antonio Abreu.  There are currently half a million pupils attending classes given by 1,500 teachers.

Over five days, you can listen to pieces by the Youth Orchestra and appreciate the work carried out by The System.

Performances will take place on the forthcoming 21st June in the Old School Field, Drip Road, Raploch, to mark the show “The Big Concert”.

The Orchestra will follow this by performing from the 23rd to 26th June in the Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London.

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(Translated by Louise Jefferson – E-mail:

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