Over 22 000 school students took part in the project Son Futuro ("They are the future")

19.05.2016
The final dress rehearsal of The Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia (SOG), which was open to secondary school students,has concluded the programme which included 33 chamber and symphony music performances, as well as ballet. These performances were enjoyed by 124 centres.

A total of 22 228 school students from 124 education centres (62 from the city of A Coruña) have participated in the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia's educational programme. This programme, sponsored by Fundación Repsol, has brought the best chamber and symphony music and ballet to students and their families. The 2015-2016 educational programme was concluded with a dress rehearsal open to secondary education students. The programme included a total of 33 performances, five family concerts, and sixorchestra dress rehearsals open to secondary students.

The project Son Futuro, that has been sponsored by Fundación Repsol for the past two years together with the Concello da Coruña, Xunta de Galicia y Deputación da Coruña, includes all the work of the SOG's Youth Orchestra, Children's Orchestra, Child Singers, and the Youth Choir. The Son Futuras Promesas (Promising future talents) programme participants also have a total of six performances planned.

The Youth Orchestra offered two events during the programme. The first, directed by Alberto Zedda, was a series of concerts in A Coruña, Ferrol and Vilagarcía de Arousa. The second will take place in August. The SOG's Youth Orchestra is made up of 170 instrumentalists between 15 and 25 years of age who come from A Coruña (49), Pontevedra (50), Lugo (13), Ourense (8), León (9), Asturias (9), Salamanca (6), Zamora (2), Zaragoza, Valencia, Madrid, Navarra, Huesca, Barcelona, Castellón, Cáceres, and Santander, as well as 15 from Portugal.

The Youth Orchestra collaborated with the SOG in their January 2016 tour of the United Arab Emirates, as well as performing "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" in one of the Orchestra's programmes for season ticket holders in February of this year. Furthermore, on the occasion of the SOG's concert in A Coruña, Stefan Dohr, one of the world's leading French horn players, took the opportunity to offer a master-class to the children.

The SOG´s Children's Orchestra, which has already performed four public concerts this year, is made up of a total of 94 musicians between the ages of 9 and 17: 70 from A Coruña, and the rest from León (6), Lugo (6), Ourense (5) and Pontevedra (7).  The Child Singers, with a total of 42 members between the ages of 8 and 15, have performed six public concerts during the year. In one of these concerts, they accompanied the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia in their performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 3, directed by Dima Slobodeniouk in October 2015 at the A Coruña Opera House.

Lastly, the SOG Youth Choir, which has 31 members between the ages of 14 and 21, has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia in their performance of Mesías, and took part in the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia's performance of the operas Suor Angelica by Puccini, and the Messa da Requiem by Verdi.

This programme is a part of Fundación Repsol's Commitment to supporting culture and bringing music closer to the people. Fundación Repsol has collaborated with the Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia since 1998. Since then, it has donated over 1 million euros to the development of its cultural activity.