The British Council Brazil and the Association of British Orchestras have been running the Transform Orchestra Leadership Programme to encourage partnerships between Brazilian and British orchestras, ensembles and cultural leaders.
Explaining the inspiration for the project, Luiz Coradazzi, Director of Arts at the British Council Brazil, said he was struck by the “diversity and strength of the UK’s orchestral sector” that he witnessed while attending the RPS Music Awards in 2013. Compared to the Brazilian classical music scene, he concluded “[Brazil is] far behind in building a shared understanding of the long-term importance of orchestras in society.”
Working with the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and consultant Claudia Toni, Coradazzi focussed on management, music education and building new audiences for Brazilian classical music, out of which came numerous positive stories:
- The Aurora Orchestra visited Brazil, with funding from the Arts Council England,
- The Scottish Ensemble visited Brazil, with funding from Creative Scotland
- Two multi-orchestra conferences were held under the themes of Talent, Management and Impact and The Orchestra and the City
- Brazilian participants were invited to the ABO conference in January 2015
- Jenn Adams, director of learning and engagement for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Annie Sheen, education manager for music at the Southbank Centre, stayed in Brazil for three weeks observing education programmes and taking in the wider arts culture
- A Brazilian association of orchestras has been formed, ABRO.
Cathy Graham, Director of Music at the British Council, explains the benefits to the UK: “what we have to offer is hugely important. This kind of platform is invaluable, it’s how international markets develop.”
“I hope there will be a permanent and growing dialogue between orchestras in Brazil and the UK” said Luiz Coradazzi, “for the mutual strengthening of both sectors, but above all, for the good of music.”