Tuesday, August 09, 2011

What do we want? EL SISTEMA! When do we want it? NOW!

Here are two videos. The first is a news report about London last night. The second is about El Sistema. Go figure.

Update: Several of you have written to point out that Sistema is indeed here in the UK. You bet it is. We have pockets of Sistema activity and, as Dudamel told me himself, it's working. Raploch in Scotland has Sistema Scotland's Big Noise, the superb results of which I reported in my piece about The Dude on Friday. And Julian Lloyd Webber is the figurehead for In Harmony, with projects in Liverpool, Lambeth etc - it has just gained permission to use the Sistema name. But to be fully effective these schemes need to be nationwide and they require real recognition, backing, commitment and universality.