Community Arts

From Francois Materasso’s Wep Page  – A Restless Art

“The Musicals Choir was started by Cristina Colomer, director of the Escola de Músics in Raval, for young people experiencing difficulties in school. In four years, it has grown to include about 60 singers, all lovers of songs from the musicals. Recently they welcomed a small group of Traction project members to their weekly rehearsal, performing several pieces for us. My video offers a glimpse of what they can do, despite the need for face masks and social distancing. It was a joy to be there, feeling their pleasure in music, in an almost tangible atmosphere of happiness and friendship.”


“We also had time to talk about what had attracted them to the choir, and some of the experiences it had brought them. Listening to them was an object lesson is the transformative power of participation in community music-making. More than a dozen of the young people spoke about their feelings, situations and difficulties, and how this second family – a phrase used more than once – had strengthened and changed them.”

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