Scandinavium Side by Side 2022: Festival Concert

Event has already taken place. The anniversary camp takes over Scandinavium with a giant musical manifestation when the participants play side by side with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble!

Concert length: 1 h 30 min no intermission
160 SEK Children 60 SEK

Event has already taken place

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

Side by Side is organized by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and is an important part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary celebration. For a few splendid June days every year, young people from around the world gather to sing and play orchestral music together, side by side with professional musicians. The camp promotes classical music while counteracting segregation in all its forms and building bridges between people, cultures, and continents.

Festival Concert will be a musical manifestation where the camp’s different tracks form massive choirs and orchestras with hundreds of participants in various combinations. Over 2000 choir singers and orchestra musicians of mixed ages as well as the entire Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble perform together in Scandinavium. All under the leadership of the camp’s many renowned conductors, headed by Ron Davis Alvarez.

We get to hear symphonic music, grand choral songs and powerful arrangements of both film music, computer game music and not least the social media phenomenon Wellerman Song – all specially written and arranged for Side by Side!

Festival Concert marks the end of the music camp for many of the participants.

The child price applies to children up to 15 years.


Trad. Den blomstertid nu kommer / Vals från Gammalsvenskby

Smetana Vltava 7 min

J S Bach Nu grönskar det 2 min

Pourkarim Minnet av ett hav 4 min

John / Rice Circle of Life from The Lion King 5 min

Buckland Sida vid sida (Fix You) 7 min


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.

Ron Davis Alvarez conductor

Göteborgs Symfonikers Vokalensemble ensemble

Daniela Musca conductor

Marjolein Vermeeren conductor

Emil Eliasson conductor

Deltagare från musiklägret Side by Side

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