Welcome to Side by Side, an international music camp in Gothenburg, Sweden for young singers and musicians ca 6–23 years old who love to sing in a choir or play in an orchestra. The camp is divided into different choir and orchestra tracks that you can participate in depending on your interests and circumstances. Side by Side is organized by Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and has around 2000 participants from around the world.
NB! All dates and times are based on the 24-hour clock and CET/CEST
The website was updated November 29, 2023
The Application Is Open
Find information about the different tracks on the respective track page. Also read the Application Info page before you apply. We don't do "first come, first served" so feel free to speak with your orchestra/choir director before deciding on your track. Welcome!
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You will discover differences in, for example, colors, fonts and logos. NB! The new red color replaces our Side by Side blue and is not this year's camp color, which will be revealed much later than usual.
The contact information has been updated
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The next camp is June 15–19, 2024. It will be full of rehearsals, concerts and other activities for the eleventh year in a row!
Regular application period:
28 November 2023 – 24 January 2024
Admission notice will be emailed by 16 February 2024
Late application/Remaining slots:
25 January – 12 April 2024
Admission notice will be emailed by 19 April 2024
Apply for a slot at this summer's Side by Side music camp!
All young singers and musicians ca 6–23 years old are welcome.
This year's camp has seven orchestra tracks and five regular choir tracks. For participants who need special support in learning, we offer the function track OPEN CHOIR.
More info about the different tracks can be found in the main menu and in the application info.
WIND & STRING ORCHESTRA
UPPER INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
UPPER VOICES CHOIR
PRE-UPPER VOICES CHOIR
OPEN CHOIR (Swedish speaking only)
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Side by Side Through the Years
At Side by Side, all tracks have different schedules. Here you can see on which days each track participates.
A more detailed, track specific, schedule is available on your track page.
MINNET AV ETT HAV / THE MEMORY OF AN OCEAN
One of the big songs during the 2022 camp was the lovely Minnet av ett hav (The Memory of an Ocean) by Laleh.Of course, we couldn't resist making a cover music video out of it. Listen and enjoy!
RUM SUPPORT SIDE BY SIDE
Riksförbundet Unga Musikanter - RUM - support Side by Side and offer their members a 200 SEK discount on the participation for the 2022 camp. In order to get the discount, you must be written in Gothenburg or Halland and a member of RUM there. Learn more and apply for your discount after camp on RUM's Side by Side page.
SIDE BY SIDE: PRE-REHEARSAL
PRE-REHEARSAL AT THE CONCERT HALL (KONSERTHUSET) 4 & 13 JUNE
How do you prepare for Side by Side? Come do a pre-rehearsal with us! It gives you a fantastic opportunity to meet other participants as well as the conductors Ron Davis Alvarez, Ida Rosén-Hamrå and Birgitta Mannerström Molin before camp.
This year's pre-rehearsal is split over two days – one day for choirs and one for orchestras. Both rehearsals are at Konserthuset here in Gothenburg. Enter via the reception/stage entrance from Viktor Rydbergsgatan 4. You don't need to register - just show up! Bring your sheet music and please arrive well in advance before we start.
(time is 24h clock and CEST)
Orchestra | Sunday, June 4with Ron Davis Alvarez
14.00-ca 14.50 BASIC ORCHESTRA
15.00-ca 15.50 INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
16.00-ca 16.50 UPPER INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
Choir | Tuesday, June 13with Birgitta Mannerström-Molin and Ida Rosén-Hamrå
16.00-ca 16.50 CHILDREN'S CHOIR
17.00-ca 17.50 PRE-UPPER VOICES CHOIR18.00-ca 19.15 UPPER VOICES CHOIR
19.30-ca 20.30 YOUTH CHOIR
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BECOME A SUPERHERO!
Want to make the summer a little bit better for music loving kids? For Side by Side to be the experience of a lifetime for our young participants, many adults are needed who contribute with their commitment, their time, their hearts, and their hands. Therefore, we welcome volunteers who want to pick up some work shifts and create wonderful summer memories during the music camp together with children and young people from near and far!
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ALL CAMP TRACKS
The tracks at Side by Side are divided up based on the experience you have with your instrument.
You can only participate in one track at the camp.
For you who have played for at least 7 years and are about 15–23 years old.
For you who have played for 6–8 years and are about 14–18 years old.
For you who have played for 5–7 years and are about 13–17 years old.
For you who have played for 4–6 years and are about 12–16 years old.
For you who have played for 3–5 years and are about 10–14 years old.
For you who have played for 2–4 years and are about 8–12 years old.
For you who play the violin and attend a special-aid class or need some extra support while learning. Plays with BASIC ORCHESTRA.
For you who have recently started playing and are about 6–10 years old.
For you who have long experience singing in a choir and are about 16 years old or older. For tenors and basses from 14 years old.
For you who are a soprano or alto with experience singing in a choir and about 13–17 years old.
For you who are about 10–13 years old and sing soprano or alto.
For you with choir experience and who are about 8–10 years old.
For you who want to try to sing in a choir and are about 7–9 years old.
For you who want to sing and have a functional variation and are in need of extra support during the activity.
For you who are interested in playing music from the middle ages or renaissance period and play the flute/recorder, violin etc.
For you who like to play music by ear, and are about 14 years old or older.
For you who work as a volunteer at Side by Side and would also like to sing.
For you who want to join a sing-a-long with other children. Open for all ages.
CLOSING CONCERT 2023
This year's camp had seven regular concerts, a pop-up concert and a sing-along. At the Closing Concert, our most advanced participants perform together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble. The concert is always streamed on GSOplay.se, where you can also watch it afterwards.
SIDE BY SIDE 2018—THE MOVIE
Clean Bandit - Symphony feat. Zara Larsson cover by Side by Side by El Sistema
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Lägerfotograf Francis Löfvenholm
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