FEATURE-Youth orchestra changes the tune for Costa Rica shantytown

After a trio of boys in the working-class neighbourhood of La Carpio told Alicia Aviles they wanted to play musical instruments instead of football, she set her sights on creating a symphony orchestra for one of the poorest districts in Costa Rica’s capital. Starting with a few plastic recorders and a guitar in a run-down building, La Carpio’s musicians now perform in the nation’s biggest theatres, and Aviles’ idea has mushroomed into a vibrant arts and education scheme that has helped transform the area.

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