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Torshovkorpset
Torshovkorpset is a unique band for children and young people with special needs. The band consists of approximately 75 active musicians.

Torshovkorpset is, as far as we know, the world's oldest and largest corporation in which all the musicians have complex learning difficulties or an intellectual disability. The band was founded in 1972 and recieved the Teskjekjerring Award in 1980 for its efforts. Over the early years, we held many concerts at home and abroad, including in the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, the University Aula in Oslo, several other concerts in Oslo and Håkon Hall. The band has also played with the group Brazz Brothers during the prize giving ceremony at the Para Olympics, Lillehammer in 1994.

      

Perhaps the greatest experience was when Simon Flem Devold made an application for the band performed on NRK - Television for almost 10,000 listeners in the Stadthalle, Vienna in the summer of 1983. Shortly after the concert we recieved UNICEF's Prix Jeunesse.

Our musicians perform with the conductor on stage without their helpers. The musicians continiously show a great wanting to learn and prove always that they can. Today, the Torshov Band has 75 musicians aged 10 to 50 years. Many our members have been students at the old Torshov School and some have been involved from the very beginning in 1972 (Torhovkorpset History).

                              
The organisation's daily operations, equipment, instruments, concert programs and tours constantly needed new funding. Our regular sponsors and contributors are responsible for the funding of most of these necessities. The remaining funds we need are achieved through our concerts, fates and markets held by Torshovkorpset, our member's families and others involved in the band, we also recieve an annual grant from the Oslo Kommune. We are in constant need new contributors to our cause as donations never seam to cover our costs, if you would like to contribute, please click here.