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Welcome to Side by Side, a music camp for you who are about 6–23 years old and who love to sing in a choir or play in an orchestra. Through music, we build bridges between people, cultures and continents.

On June 18-22, 2022, for the ninth year in a row, it’s time for the international music camp Side by Side! During a few intense summer days, children and young people gather from all around the world in Gothenburg to play in orchestras or sing in choirs.

Exciting conductors, musicians and teachers lead workshops and rehearsals during Side by Side and the camp ends in a magnificent concert together with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble ! Since 2020 there is also a digital version of the camp.

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The 2021 camp

Music is important to children and young people, not at least during a pandemic. Therefore, it was wonderful to be able to carry out the international music camp Side by Side by El Sistema in a completely digital format 19-23 June.

Here is a glimpse of what happened on the camp’s platform on Sunday 20 June 2021:

In this year’s big song, the composers Tvete Vik & Dahlgren have merged Memories of Maroon 5 with Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel and created the camp’s most ambitious arrangement ever. It has been recorded by the participants during the spring and made into a music video with premiere on the live streamed Festival Concert on 23 June.

Children and young people from all over the world

During Side by Side by El Sistema in Gothenburg children and young people from all over the world meet for to play in an orchestra, sing in chorus, to create and develop. The participants rehearse, socialize and creates a grand finale concert playing together with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony, who also are mentors for the adepts.

During workshops and rehearsals they meet exciting performers and artists. They inspire each other, develop together and gain new skills. Parents and families are also welcome to participate.

From 2016 the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra is the main organizer of Side by Side by El Sistema in close collaboration with the El Sistema Foundation Sweden. El Sistema is a program created in 1975 by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu in Venezuela with the vision that music can develop and create positive social change in a child’s life.

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Bridges between people, cultures and continents

With a shared passion for music Side by Side by El Sistema builds bridges between people, cultures and continents.

“These kids have matured by three years in one week,’ said one of the teachers as we walked through Gothenburg. That really is the best description of the effect that the trip to Sweden has had on this group of young musicians from In Harmony Telford and Sistema in Norwich.”

Play and sing even more with us!

Develop your musicality even more with us at the Concert Hall! Musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, professional educator and singer are on hand to support you in the music camp Side by Side but also in The Fall Break Choir with orchestra, Vägus and The Sports Holiday Orchestra. Guaranteed energy injections where you get to know even more people who love music.

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