Notas de contacto – a OCPsolidária na Cercioeiras


Promoter: Portuguese Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Area: Music
Person in charge of the artistic area: Pedro Carneiro
Person in charge of the social area: Teresa Simas
Territorial reach: Oeiras
Duration: 36 months
SDG: 10. Reduced inequalities

Notas de Contacto © OCP
Notas de Contacto © OCP

The Notas de Contacto project, led by the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, carries out musical activities and initiatives designed to enhance the abilities of disabled people, improving their quality of life and integration in the community, and helping to promote a more inclusive society.

Notas de Contacto © OCP
Notas de Contacto © OCP
Notas de Contacto © Kai Bienert
Notas de Contacto © OCP

The artistic focus will be on improvisation and on musical exploration as a form of liberation and artistic expression of participants, aimed at selecting some of the musicians from Notas de Contacto to join the Portuguese Youth Orchestra (JOP). The project includes a performance with 5ª Punkada, a Portuguese band formed by young people from the Cerebral Palsy Association of Coimbra, in a national tour in 2020/21, and composing music to create a repertoire for an “ensemble” to play nationwide.


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Building bridges in pandemic times

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the suspension of many projects, but it has also brought us examples of strength and overcoming capacity. This is the case of the project “Notas de Contacto – OCPsolidária na CERCIOEIRAS”, supported by the PARTIS iniciative.

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Music practice with people with intellectual disabilities: the project’s methodology

Under the Notas de Contacto – a OCPsolidária na CERCIOEIRAS project, musicians from the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra (OCP) implement musical learning strategies adapted to the specific needs of adults with intellectual disabilities.

It uses music as an enabler of communication and creative expression, but also as a therapeutic tool for improving physical and cognitive skills.

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The Notas de Contacto ensemble at the Young Euro Classic Festival in Berlin

In July 2019, the Notas de Contacto ensemble joined the Portuguese Youth Orchestra (JOP) at the Young Euro Classic Festival, held in Konzerthaus Berlin, where it debuted with a performance of João Godinho’s “Alcance”. The composer was awarded the “European Composer Award 2019” by the organisers of the festival for his piece of music, written for eight soloists (five musicians from the Notas de Concerto ensemble and three teachers) and a symphony orchestra.

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Sustainable Development Goals


This project contributes to the following SDG target


Target 10.2

Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

Updated on 29 january 2021

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