Side by Side 2020: Festival Concert

A powerful music manifestation in Scandinavium with over 2000 camp participants side by side with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble.

Side by Side 2020: Festival Concert

A powerful music manifestation in Scandinavium with over 2000 camp participants side by side with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble.

Welcome to a fantastic concert with all participants in the international music camp Side by Side by El Sistema. Over 2000 young musicians together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble participate in this powerful music event!

Festival Concert brings together all participants from Side by Side – over 2000 choir singers and orchestral musicians of mixed ages as well as the entire Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble. All are conducted by the internationally approved conductor Ron Davis Alvarez and the nordic star shot Emil Eliasson.

The concert offers classical music by composers such as Händel, Dvorak, Prokofiev and Bizet, classic gems from the film’s world as well as some surprises. The concert will be the end of the camp for the youngest orchestra participants, but Side by Side also offers many other concerts during the week. You can find the entire program at

About camp Side by Side

During some wonderful days in June, children and young people from all over the world have the opportunity to gather to play and sing together, side by side with professional musicians. The international orchestra and choir camp Side by Side by El Sistema is organized by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and is an important part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary. With the music as a force, the camp counteracts segregation and builds bridges between people, cultures and continents.


Händel Hallelujah Chourus from Messiah
4 min

J S Bach Variations on Peasant Cantata
5 min

Prokofjev Troika from Ltn. Kijé suite
3 min

John / Rice Circle of Life from The Lion King
4 min

Buckland Sida vid sida (Fix You)
7 min


Gothenburg Symphony

The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Emil Eliasson Conductor

Göteborgs Symfonikers Vokalensemble Ensemble

Deltagare från musiklägret Side by Side soloist

Ron Davis Alvarez Conductor

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