A debate in the House of Lords about music education for children with physical disabilities included positive comments about the In Harmony programmes in Newcastle, Nottingham and Telford.
John Connolly, a brass tutor at In Harmony NewcastleGateshead, said: "I have had the good fortune recently to spend some time with the director of The Nucleo Project and wholeheartedly believe this project will go from strength to strength with the generosity and support from donations like this."
The Nucleo Project children have come back from Turkey with very positive comments about this experience that was made possible through funding obtained by Sistema England.
Young musicians from the Sistema in Norwich, Children’s Chamber Group performed a specially composed piece for the Royal Party as they passed through the Royal Marquee.
Six pupils from the project led by Lucy Maguire will represent England in a gathering of European programmes inspired by El Sistema.
As part of the collaboration agreement with Venezuela's El Sistema, five teachers will come to England to work with tutors and children from The Nucleo Project, Sistema in Norwich and the In Harmony programmes in Lambeth, Liverpool and Nottingham.
The children of Sistema in Norwich always give their best in every concert, but on 30th July they will play better than ever as they are performing to the Royal Family at the Sandringham Flower Show.
"This is a ringing endorsement of the wonderful achievements made by the programme so far. Now we are all waiting to see the Department for Education make its own contribution to this inspiring - often life changing - scheme", said In Harmony founder Julian Lloyd Webber.
Sage Gateshead and Santa Marcelina Cultura have been developing the vision for a long-term exchange and knowledge transfer programme focusing on inclusion and excellence in music education.
Venezuelan harpist Leonard Jacome delivered a workshop for pupils from Catton Grove Primary School, who are involved in the Sistema in Norwich programme.