Gstaad New Year and Sistema Scotland

The brass section of the Big Noise. Photo credit : Frank de Pollo

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad is offering tickets to all concerts and receptions for people who give musical instruments to Sistema Scotland.

The collaboration to benefit the Scottish project is part of the festival’s aim of encouraging music and musicians where ever possible.

“The festival is now in its seventh edition” said Princess Caroline Murat, the musician and artistic director who founded and continues to organize the annual event. “From the start our aim has been to encourage musicians, public and partners to mix in together and benefit from all aspects of music.”

Under her artist’s name of ‘Caroline Haffner’, the French pianist and princess has been a musician since her early childhood. She began to teach in her teens in her home town of Paris, France. Caroline continues to play concerts throughout the world – next week in Poland, then Italy.

“I have always enjoyed seeing other musicians develop new ideas, new abilities,” Caroline added. “To do this, we have to do what we can to involve as many people as possible in music. That is where the Sistema Scotland, which follows the ideas of community development, is so important. They are currently organized in a way which guarantees instruments donated will be given good homes and have beneficial effects.”

Sistema Scotland is “on a mission to transform lives through music” and develop orchestra centres known locally as “Big Noise” on the ground in Scotland. It is supported by musicians including violinist Nicola Benedetti and this summer hosted the original orchestra of the El Sistema project conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Sistema Scotland Chairman Richard Holloway said the programme is having a huge social impact – not just in music. “Good behaviour, confidence, self-esteem and pride are on the rise” he said.

Sistema Scotland Director Nicola Killean added “We would love to hear from anyone with an instrument to donate, as we prepare to introduce woodwind, brass and percussion to our orchestra. If you have a trumpet, euphonium, tuba, trombone, horn, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon or percussion instrument in good condition. We promise to put them to good use.”

The New Year Music Festival in Gstaad, in the Swiss Alps will start on Thursday 27 December 2012 with a reception for “Festival Friends” which includes anyone who donates an instrument to Sistema Scotland at the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad. The festival continues for ten days with concerts and events in local churches and other venues. Donators of instruments are invited to all concerts and receptions. The festival ends on Sunday 6 January 2013. Information from the festival office (Twitter @gstaadnymf or email gstaadnymf@gmail.com).

Photo credit : Frank de Pollo

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