A group of Aurora players and management are visiting Brazil this week under the auspices of the British Council. We’ll be spending a few days in São Paulo before heading north to Belo Horizonte, where we’ll perform for the opening of the Transform conference, which aims to promote links between the British and Brazilian orchestral sectors. As part of the visit we’ve invited regular collaborator John Barber to lead a series of composition workshops in both São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, during which local students will work with Aurora players to create new music which they will go on to perform side by side.
Ahead of the arrival of our main group of players on Thursday, an initial workshop session was staged on Wednesday afternoon at the Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo (EMESP), a thriving conservatory situated a stone’s throw from the capital’s most celebrated concert hall, the Sala São Paulo. John Barber and Principal Viola Max Baillie worked with a mixed group of 20 students from EMESP and the Projecto Guri, an ambitious nationwide programme which aims to tackle social exclusion through music education – the project reaches over 13,000 young people in São Paulo alone.
By the end of the day the students were already well on the way to having created two new pieces which we’ll perform together with the rest of the Aurora players later this week. Here are some images from the session; keep an eye out for more from Brazil in tomorrow’s blog update.