VENEZUELAN BRASS ENSEMBLE, BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER, 30 JANUARY 2011 / RNCM Festival of Brass
Actualizado: 20 ene 2022
"Leonardo Mendez as Executive Director of the VBE (El Sistema, Venezuela) for this news in 2011, referential link:
Under the aegis of the festival of brass which was held at Manchester’s other venerable music venue, the RNCM, the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble arrived in Manchester for the first time and the formation are less than a decade old. They are in fact but one segment of the Venezuelan state orchestra, better known internationally as ‘El systema’. The underlying logic of El Systema is simple in its aims, yet equally profound in its influence.
Over a period of thirty years of hard work a national (and now international ) network has built up to bring together children from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to teach them the basic skills of musicianship and beyond required as well as equipping the youths with instruments with which they can practice and subsequently hone their craft.
"This incredible brass ensemble gave a packed house at The Bridgewater Hall, as part of the RNCM Festival of Brass, a concert they will never forget. With Pictures at an Exhibition and West Side Story as their major works, they then played some stunning encores. I couldn't resist recording one of them on my mobile phone. Apologies for the sound and picture quality...but I really wanted a little souvenir of this memorable experience".