Music will triumph anywhere

Earlier this week, Church of England bishops joined with counterparts from around the Anglican Communion in signing a statement warning of ‘Environmental Racism.’ If you missed it, you can click here to find out more.

Yesterday, somebody sent me this video, which served as a reminder that even in the toughest of times and places, music always brings hope.

The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, also known as the Recycled Orchestra, is an orchestra composed of children from Asunción, Paraguay, who play musical instruments made from scrap materials collected from Asunción’s Cateura landfill.

This is not about the incredible ingenuity of the people who live there, in making music out of low-cost material, but the reality that these children are so passionate about making music that they would literally play on tin cans and recycled trash. The amazing innovation displayed and the good which is being pulled from poverty and disadvantage, could easily leave people feeling safe about the situation and distract from the reason that these kids are making their instruments out of trash. Whilst it gets the orchestra publicity, it cannot be right when poverty becomes a trademark.

Just think what could happen if these kids had the chance to play on real violins or cellos and live with fresh water, proper sanitation, healthcare and education.

It’s time to level the playing field.


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