The idea is to invite different voices to join a choir that works at least once a week to promote the acquisition of habits and gradually, a real musical identity. It is not merely a matter of “making music,” but of acquiring an intimate, structuring and fulfilling practice: of feeling like a musician.
Such a process promotes solidarity between children, the meaning of the others, good fellowship, emulation distinct from competition, and the development of self-esteem, of course. In a broader sense, it enables everyone to find his place better in the Polity (like an orchestra, a chorus is a “miniature Republic” with rights and obligations) and to introduce gradually a sense of active citizenship, respect – and even a taste for the other, in a multicultural context. These choirs will naturally welcome students of all origins and at times, even their parents, for certain activities; such an approach is obviously particularly well-suited for Brussels, where interculturalism is a reality of every instance.
Today, Equinox exists for 4 very different public:
The planned repertoire provides a large variety of languages and cultures.
It encompasses traditional songs from several countries as well as classical pieces inspired from folk music: for example, the works of Villa-Lobos, Bela Bartok, Lopes Graça, etc.
This promotes the discovery of the other through his culture, the sounds and particular features of his language, but also enables everyone to rediscover his own cultural heritage, to recognize its value and to be proud of it.
Tangible results: what do they have to say?
The children, some of whom lack self-confidence, regain trust in themselves. The development of their concentration is also of use to them in school, where their situation is sometimes complicated. The concerts prove their investment to the great delight of everyone!
The workshop is quite magical! With the help of a talented musician, something magical happens to these so-called difficult youths during their collective search for musical excellence, which is at the same time a genuine work of social inclusion.