Manifesto for the arts

On Friday 4 May, young musicians from Bristol shared the stage at the Barbican, for an open rehearsal led by the world-famous conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

The event was to mark the launch of ‘Tuning into Change’, a project that had brought together musicians from all over the UK – and a handful from Los Angeles – to share ideas about what they’d like to see change in the arts.

Following a series of workshops and practical skills sessions, young musicians from Bristol traveled to London to debate key themes and ideas at a two day national symposium held at the Barbican. The programme culminated with young performers from the Bristol Youth Chamber Orchestra performing alongside internationally acclaimed conductor of the LA Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, and the National Youth Inspire Orchestra.  Members of the Bristol Youth Chamber Orchestra, Marianne Cross on Violin and Daniel Alexander on Cello, were amongst those who performed Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No.9.

On each seat in the Barbican’s hall was a manifesto that was the result of six months’ work by the musicians.  In a passionate call for action, the manifesto says:

“We will be advocates for the positive nature of the arts… We’re proof that, regardless of our age, we as young people are just as capable of generating and executing ideas to change the world.”

In a foreword to the manifesto, Gustavo Dudamel said: “Art is the education of the soul. Art is beauty – an ideal of harmony in the world. It is also a tool – a means for young people to discover the potential of their own creative capacities… Faced with challenges, young people – provided they are properly supported – will always find the brightest solutions.”

Delivered in partnership with the Barbican and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bristol Plays Music was selected to take part in the programme alongside Sistema Scotland, Sage Gateshead and the National Youth Orchestra of GB.

Bristol Music Trust will be championing the manifesto in guiding our youth voice work leading up to the hall reopening in 2020.

Pictured: members of Bristol Chamber Youth Orchestra who participated in the project.