This 11th SIMM-podcast episode is presenting the French social music programme DEMOS, an initiative launched by the Philharmonie de Paris in 2010. We hear Lukas Pairon interview co-founder and director Gilles Delebarre (03:11->18:38) as well as research coordinator Indiana Wollman (18:40->31:06).
The Philharmonie de Paris and its social music programme DEMOS will be hosting the 6th international SIMM-posium on 2nd and 3rd November 2021. The programme of this year’s SIMM-posium will soon be published on the websites of SIMM, the Philharmonie de Paris and our partner the Fondation Royaumont.
DEMOS is in its 11th year. It offers young children instruments and music lessons for free. Launched by the Philharmonie de Paris in 2010, DEMOS has spread all over France and French territories, now involving more than 6000 kids. More and more fine musicians are interested to involve themselves in educational and social work. Also at the Philharmonie de Paris. At first the aim of DEMOS was to make classical music accessible to children who would not otherwise have come in touch with it. DEMOS is aimed at children from 8 to 12 years old. They get about 4 hours music training a week. During their 3 years of training, the kids are always experiencing music in group situations. These music programmes are proposed to kids who live in lower income neighbourhoods. But these neighbourhoods are socially mixed. For DEMOS the composition of the groups is of great importance: they make sure the groups are socially mixed. Some kids may have social and financial challenges, while others have fewer difficulties. The aim is to enhance the ability to look at others positively.
The short music extracts you will hear during this episode were recorded of different DEMOS-orchestras during their end of season concerts last month at the Philharmonie de Paris.
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