Tributes have been paid following the death of José Abreu, founder of a renowned music programme that changed the lives of thousands of children.
Abreu founded El Sistema (the system), providing free music education in Venezuela’s shantytowns and poor neighbourhoods.
The programme has inspired similar systems in other countries.
Venezuela announced three days of national mourning for „Maestro Abreu“, who died on Saturday aged 78.
He began the music project in 1975 and counted renowned Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel among his students.
„With devoted love and eternal gratitude to my mentor and father of El Sistema,“ tweeted Dudamel, who is now…