Ready, set, go! Violins presented to Sarcelles students

On september 27, students from albert camus elementary school put on their party clothes to celebrate the first year of a violin can change the world in Sarcelles.

Over 300 people gathered to celebrate in André Malraux Hall—made available by the city of Sarcelles for the occasion—as 93 four- and five-year-olds from Albert Camus elementary school took their first steps towards learning the violin.

The images below capture the excitement of the event, which brought together families and project partners working actively to make the program a success at this new site.

Annick L’Ollivier Langlade, First Deputy Mayor in charge of culture and heritage, expressed the city’s pleasure at welcoming A violin can change the world to Sarcelles.

Hervé Cosnard, the French Education Ministry’s Academic Director for the département of Val d’Oise, also spoke during the ceremony, underscoring his office’s involvement in the project and their pride in seeing it grow in Val d’Oise. (Watch his remarks)

Violin teacher Delphine Ferchat, who also serves as coordinator of the Sarcelles program, introduced the team of instructors to the assembled parents and explained how the in-school violin lessons will work.

She was followed by two mothers representing the parent community, who expressed their thanks in very moving terms (watch video in French), and by François Pupponi, the city’s delegate to France’s National Assembly, who clearly expressed his hope that government officials would expand the project widely in the future—in Sarcelles and beyond. (Watch his remarks in French)

After the instruments were presented to the children, violinist Yardani Torres Maiani and accordionist Guillaume Leroy gave a breathtaking performance of George Enescu’s The Lark. (View this video to see and hear Maiani transform his violin into a bird!) 

After their virtuoso concert, everyone gathered for a delicious buffet supper.