Equal opportunities through music

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Démos
Île-de-France
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Why we love it?

This fine institution lives up to its public-interest mission and stands up for equal opportunity by providing access to rigorous, high-quality musical education for all.

The project

SolidarityEducation
DÉMOS is a social inclusion project centered on orchestral music practice, aimed at children who do not have easy access to music practice in existing institutions.
50
Demos orchestras
are deployed throughout France.
11 000
children
have benefited from the project since its inception in 2010.
50
%
of children continue to play an instrument after completing their 1st cycle.

Solution

Today in France, access to musical practice is not egalitarian. This is particularly true in the so-called "urban policy" priority neighborhoods, as well as in rural areas far from cultural venues.

Yet musical activity is known to have highly beneficial effects for those who practice it, especially children, and practicing it collectively helps to strengthen "living together" within our society.

Faced with this observation, the Philharmonie de Paris is committed to offering every child, whatever their social situation, the chance to blossom through music. This is the aim of the Demos children's orchestra project, a genuine school for living together.

The benefits for these children are immense: greater self-confidence, better concentration and attention span, enhanced listening skills and respect for others...

A new year of instrument presentations and Demos concerts
Since January, there has been one event after another across the region, bringing together families, supervisory teams, elected representatives and partners around our apprentice musicians. Here's a small selection from this musical start to the year!

IN MOSELLE, A SERIES OF INSTRUMENT PRESENTATIONS

From January 9 to 15, 13 instrument presentation ceremonies took place in the social structures hosting the Metz Moselle Est and Metz Moselle Nord Démos orchestras: in Sarrebourg, Hombourg-Haut, Crewtzwald, Thionville, Uckange, Metz, Fameck and Sarreguemines.

INSTRUMENT SALES ALSO IN VAL D'YERRES VAL DE SEINE...

Instruments were handed over to the 99 young members of the new Orchestre Démos Val d'Yerres Val de Seine, supported by the Communauté d'agglomération, on Saturday January 13 at the Maison des Arts et de la Culture in Epinay-sous-Sénart, in the presence of the mayor of Epinay-sous-Sénart and vice-president for youth, Damien Allouch, the vice-president for social cohesion and urban policy Thomas Chazal, the councillor for artistic education Sabine Pellon, the regional councillor and deputy mayor of Brunoy for youth Sandrine Lamiré, and several local elected representatives and Philharmonie representatives.

... AND IN BORDEAUX

Same thing in Bordeaux on January 13! It was at the Auditorium de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux, which carries a 3rd edition of the Orchestre Démos Bordeaux Métropole Gironde, that children from 7 different territories officially received their new musical instrument. The event took place in the presence of their families, local councillors, representatives of partner cultural and social organizations and sponsors. Thanks to the entire artistic team, led by conductor Jane Latron, and at a ceremony orchestrated by pedagogical referent Fabien Piquemal, the children were able to demonstrate the work they have been doing since October around singing and dancing.

RESTITUTION OF THE KREIZ BREIZH YOUTH ORCHESTRA TO THE GREAT SATISFACTION OF FAMILIES

At the end of a day and a half of orchestra training on February 3 and 4, the Communauté de communes du Kreiz Breizh wanted to open the doors of the rehearsals to families and let them discover the orchestra as their children experience it. Parents therefore attended a work session on Antonín Dvořákc's Danse Slave n°8 led by conductor Aurélien Azan Zielinski. They were even invited to sit next to their children to listen to the music from inside the orchestra and experience the same sensations as their musical children. Finally, a presentation of Bedřich Smetana's La Moldau and the various tableaux in this symphonic poem was given by the students, illustrated by musical extracts from the orchestra.

THE DÉMOS GRAND VERDUN'S TURN TO RECEIVE ITS INSTRUMENTS

On Saturday February 17, 76 children from the Communauté d'agglomération du Grand verdun received their instruments and treated their families to a musical surprise led by their conductor Flavien Boy, and in the presence of elected representatives. This is the second edition of the Orchestre Démos Grand Verdun to be launched on the territory. And there are still 15 places for apprentice musicians up for grabs, among the brass and percussion groups!

THE FAMILIES OF THE DÉMOS ORCHESTRA - ORCHESTRE DE PARIS ALSO INVITED TO A RESTITUTION

As in Centre Bretagne, the Orchestre Démos - Orchestre de Paris closed its 3-day course on Tuesday February 20 with a small concert for families, at the Philharmonie. Led by conductor Corinna Niemeyer, the young musicians presented and performed excerpts from Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, and Edward Elgar's Variations Enigma. The rest of the musical program worked on by the orchestra this year will be presented at the June concert at the Cité de musique, so parents will have another opportunity to marvel at the work accomplished by their children.
A new year of instrument presentations and Demos concerts
Supporting parenthood: a priority for the Démos project
While Démos is primarily aimed at children, their parents are also invited to take part in this extraordinary musical adventure! This is how families become involved in the life of the orchestras, while enriching them with their cultural heritage. Let's take a look at some of the parenting initiatives implemented by the Démos orchestras!

Since its creation in 2010, the Démos program has made parenting a priority. Cooperation between professionals in the fields of social welfare and musical pedagogy accompanies children on a learning path that is attentive to the singularities of their family life. In return, parental involvement is one of the keys to the project's success. The social vocation of Démos encourages a global approach to each young person's educational path, and strengthens intra-family ties. Various initiatives, made possible thanks to the work of the project's social partner structures, are thus developed in the fifty or so Démos orchestras throughout France.

DISCOVERING MUSIC THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF YOUR CHILD

With Démos, musical practice becomes part of everyday family life: children bring their instrument home, practice on it and work in small workshop groups every week. In addition to the children's personal progress, parents can also learn about the orchestra's collective progress by attending tutti times, which take place every 6 weeks or so. The Orchestre Démos Est Ensemble, for example, schedules tutti on Saturday mornings to enable as many families as possible to take part. The end-of-season concerts are also obviously highlights for families, who come to applaud their talented children!

Parents can also be invited to musical practice sessions with their children. This is the case in the Orchestre Démos Nord Essonne, which regularly organizes "open workshops" during which children take the place of the speakers to let their families discover and try out their instruments. In Montpellier, a 3-day parent/child music workshop was organized in 2023 by a social structure involved in the Orchestre Démos Montpellier 3M.

The Démos project also enables families to learn about the region's cultural resources by taking part in outings. Many orchestras offer families a cultural program in parallel with the life of the orchestra, such as Plaine Commune, Orléans, Strasbourg, La Thiérache du Centre, Angers, Guadeloupe Cap Excellence, Nord Essonne... For example, a concert outing to Rennes was proposed to the families of the Orchestre Démos Kreiz Breizh to listen to the Orchestre National de Bretagne, conducted by Aurélien Azan Zielinski, the conductor of the Orchestre Démos. The concert was adapted for families and children, with cultural mediation to give the audience the keys to listening. 31 families took part!

PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE OF THE ORCHESTRA
Beyond musical practice, the involvement of parents in the orchestra instills a dynamic of socialization in the territories. Backed by the Orchestre Démos Val de Sambre, a parents' association was created in September 2023, counting on the involvement of some fifteen parents. These parents took part in "parents' cafés" organized by the project coordinator and social referents outside rehearsal time, and set up the association to finance cultural outings with their children. The association will also be involved in a music school forum, to be held in March 2024, which will enable school directors to meet with families to facilitate the enrolment of young people wishing to pursue their musical practice.

More generally, parents' involvement can take various forms: workshops to build stage elements, preparation of dishes for orchestra picnics, car pooling, cake sales to finance the trip to the Philharmonie de Paris... Real support for orchestras!

SHARING YOUR FAMILY CULTURAL HERITAGE

Since 2021, Démos has been amplifying its approach to family inclusion by reaching out to their cultural heritages. Several experiments in collecting stories and music highlighting the singular stories of families have been carried out in orchestras, such as those of Lyon Métropole, Caen la mer, Thouarsais and Angers, among others.

In Caen, a project to collect the musical universe of families was implemented thanks to treasure boxes used to record songs around the theme of the sea. These boxes, circulating between the workshops and the children's homes, helped create a link between the families and the orchestra. A presentation of the collection was organized by inviting parents to workshop times in several towns in the Urban Community.

In the Thouarsais region, sound albums have been circulating since April between the Thouars workshop and each child's home, enabling them to record content with their parents (challenges proposed throughout the year) but also to discover recorded elements linked to the orchestra's repertoire and the group's work.

In Angers, a sound photo booth of family memories will be set up this season to collect stories around family memories. These stories will then be showcased in an exhibition.

These initiatives ensure that everyone is recognized in their own cultural identity, while building bridges between each facet of the cultural mosaic that makes up our contemporary societies. Children are thus supported in a positive, non-contradictory acceptance of the different cultural identities that coexist, whether they be different linguistic, musical, literary, culinary or clothing practices...

In tutti, in outings, within a choir, a parents' association or by telling their cultural story, these privileged moments around a shared artistic emotion help to strengthen intra-family bonds. In addition to making music part of everyday family life, Démos defends the idea that music should play an essential role in social life!

Supporting parenthood: a priority for the Démos project

The money will be used for

The money raised will be used to equip the youngsters joining a Démos orchestra in 2024 with musical instruments, and to ensure the maintenance of the instrumental park, i.e. the upkeep of the instruments already in the hands of the children taking part in the project. With €40,000, a full Demos orchestra (i.e. 105 children) can be equipped with musical instruments (violins, cellos, trumpets, flutes, oboes...).
One of our objectives is to act on young people's career paths. Music plays a fundamental role in increasing their cultural capital, their capacity for choice and their social integration.
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Gilles Delebarre
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