Tuesday, 14 January 2014

El Sistema comes to Northern Ireland

Rafael Payare - photo credit Luis Cobelo
Rafael Payare - photo credit Luis Cobelo
The Ulster Orchestra has announced that the young Venezuelan conductor, Rafael Payare, will be its next chief conductor from 2014-15 initially on a 3-year contract. Payare is a former member of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and began his formal conducting studies in 2004 with Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of the Venezuelan El Sistema. Abreu remains Payare's principal conducting mentor. Payare went on to work with Gustavo Dudamel, notably on a co-production of Carmen with the Teatro alla Scala, and for the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 European tour.

It has been announced that Payare will be leading the Ulster Orchestra's outreach programme as well, with 'an ambitious new programme of community engagement, including plans to introduce the celebrated "El Sistema" programme of social musical education to Northern Ireland’s children in 2014-15.'

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