The Teresa Carreño youth orchestra is the latest generation of young musicians to emerge from El Sistema, Venezuela’s ground-breaking project to bring classical music to the poorest children.

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For several nights this month, London’s Royal Festival Hall hosted a vast orchestra. The Teresa Carreño youth orchestra is the latest generation of young musicians to emerge from El Sistema, Venezuela’s ground-breaking project to bring classical music to the poorest children. They are taking Europe by storm on their current tour – not just because they can play. Everyone else, it seems, now wants to copy them.

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