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27 July 2023

King's hosts special performance by Brazilian 'favela' orchestra

The performance by Orquestra Maré do Amanhã was hosted by King’s Brazil Institute and was also an opportunity to hear from young Brazilians about music and inequality.

Orchestra da Mare performing in Bush House in July 2023

King’s Brazil Institute recently hosted a performance by Orquestra Maré do Amanhã – a project aimed at teaching classical music to children and teenagers from favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

The event was also an opportunity to discuss key concerns with young people in Brazil and how the power of music is transforming lives.

It was a pleasure to host this wonderful project. Not only did we enjoy brilliant music, but King’s Brazil Institute, with the support of the Brazilian Embassy, had the wonderful opportunity to shape discourse around young people, culture and inequalities in Brazil.

Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos, Director of the King’s Brazil Institute

Created in August 2010, the Orquestra Maré do Amanhã project was established by Carlos Eduardo to transform the reality of thousands of children through music. He established a music school in the deprived area of Mare, Rio de Janeiro after his father – the musician, Armando Prazeres – was murdered, and his car later appeared in the area.

By transforming his loss, Carlos has seen the project grow from supporting a few dozen children connect with music, to more than 3,000 children participating. Those that go onto to become professional musicians receive further educational and financial support, as well as the opportunity to tutor other children with their music development.

This is the first time the project has performed in the UK, having previously presented on some of the most prestigious stages in Rio de Janeiro, including the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Sala Cecília Meirelles and New Year's Eve in Copacabana.

To travel through our own work and meet new cultures is a great privilege. London has a very strong connection to music and we love to be in the country where The Beatles started.

Member of the Orquestra Maré do Amanhã

In Brazilian communities, there are many young people who dream of opportunities, for example, to travel the world playing our instruments.

Member of the Orquestra Maré do Amanhã

The performance follows a recent visit by Brazilian Minister of Education, hosted by the King’s Brazil Institute and the Brazilian Embassy UK. The Institute acts as a bridge between Brazil and the UK, with an active role fostering opportunities for young people, alongside research collaboration, interdisciplinary expertise and sharing culture.

Orquestra Maré do Amanhã will be presenting in venues across Europe. Find out the dates on their website (Portuguese)

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Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos

Director, King's Brazil Institute


Orchestra da Mare

King's Brazil Institute is excited to host and present the Orchestra da Mare, with support from the Brazilian Embassy.