Tribute to music master
A musical mentor working to inspire the next generation of South Aucklanders has been honoured.
Sistema Aotearoa director Joe Harrop has been elected an associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
He grew up in Mt Albert and was nominated for the prestigious award for his work with the youth orchestra programme.
The scheme, set up in 2011, exposes Otara primary pupils to classical music and is based on the Venezuelan El Sistema model.
‘‘To have our programme recognised by a musical establishment of such high calibre is a great achievement,’’ Dr Harrop says.
‘‘It’s affirmation of Sistema’s value in a musical world.’’
Dr Harrop studied for
his masters of music and his PhD in performance practice at the royal academy.
‘‘My time at the academy underlines everything I do and how I teach the children.’’
El Sistema is a network of children’s and youth orchestras, music centres and workshops in Venezuela. Sistema Aotearoa was the first programme of its kind in New Zealand.
It is flourishing with support from parents, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and donations and funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
High honour: Sistema Aotearoa director Dr Joe Harrop pictured conducting his Otara orchestra in a workshop with the NZ String Quartet.
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