A Wooler teenager has learnt about the music of Brazil as part of an exchange with a group of music and education professionals from South America.
Flautist Isabelle Maxwell, 14, joined other members of Sage Gateshead’s regional youth ensembles Jambone and Folkestra to receive tuition to the exciting instrumental choro music of Brazil, involving an unusual mix of instruments.
The 10 Brazilian musicians and educators from Santa Marcelina Cultura (SMC) took part in a 10-day programme to share musical ideas and experiences.
The visit follows Sage Gateshead’s learning and participation team’s trip to Brazil in October where the North East group learned how SMC uses inclusion and excellence in music education in its work with around 13,000 young people in São Paulo.
Katherine Zeserson, Sage Gateshead’s director of learning and participation, said: “We are thrilled to welcome our Brazilian colleagues to Sage Gateshead for their second of three annual visits.
“They bring us fresh energy and ideas and I know that they find our programme inspiring and stimulating in equal measure.
“We can learn a great deal from each other in support of our common purpose – harnessing the great power of music to bring about positive transformations in young people’s lives.”
The SMC group also visited Holy Island during their trip.