Monday, 27 February 2017

String support: music in Birmingham in aid of young students in South Africa

Music in Aid of ARCO at IKON Gallery
This evening (27 February 2017) at the IKON Gallery in Birmingham students from Birmingham Conservatoire are hosting an evening of chamber music in aid of ARCO, a project which enables young students in South Africa to participate in weekly instrumental lessons via Skype with academics, students and alumni from Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham City University. The eclectic programme includes music by Richard Strauss, Aldemaro Romero and Tchaikovsky. The evening has been organised by Alistair Rutherford, a final year viola student who is one of the ARCO project's tutors.

ARCO is a collaboration between Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire, and since it was established in 2015, 24 strings students aged between eight and 16 in South Africa have been selected to participate in weekly instrumental Skype lessons, in addition to the regular lessons as the Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music. As well as providing transformative music education activities, Conservatoire staff have been acting as role models for vulnerable youngsters living in Soweto, a Joahnnesburg township deeply affected by poverty and crime.

Full information and tickets from Eventbrite.

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