Trib­ute to mu­sic mas­ter

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SARAH ROBERTS

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.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to learn more about Sis­tema Aotearoa.

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