What happens when over 200 young musicians from 15 European countries come together with 6 international conductors, 50 teachers, musicians from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and one of the world’s finest violinists, for a summer residency in Birmingham? The answer: a spectacular Bank Holiday show for all the family, presenting the new face of orchestral music at its most energetic, vital and joyous! Experience thrilling music from North and South America and Britain, old and new, and star violinist Nicola Benedetti, who joins the orchestra to perform the captivating final movement of Wynton Marsalis’ Violin Concerto written especially for her. 

Sistema Europe is a network of music and social action programmes inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela, transforming the lives of young people and their communities through making music together. The Sistema Europe annual summer residency is taking place in the UK for the first time ever. 

FREE activities in the foyer from 12 onwards. Get involved in making music yourself, and meet many of the inspiring young people involved in Sistema Europe.