25 July - 22 August 2017 - Spirit of the North
The EUYO's 2017 Summer Tour Spirit of the North commenced with an 18 day residency in Grafenegg, the Orchestra's Summer Home & Principal Venue Partner. The Orchestra then performed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of Spirit of the North tour, focusing on and celebrating music from the Baltic and Nordic countries of Europe before travelling to Bolzano for the EUYO's annual summer residency.
The summer's major concert dates were as follows:
PÄRNU, EE - 14 August
BOLZANO, IT - 18 August
BOLZANO, IT - 20 August
Full details of the tour programme can be found here.
To see 2017 Summer Tour brochure, click here.
Pictures from the Close-Up concert in Piazza Walther, Bolzano and with Vasily Petrenko at Teatro Communale, at the end of the Summer Tour.
2 -10 May, 2017 - Organised in collaboration with Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU 2017 and conducted by Brian Schembri, the EUYO performed alongside the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Malta to mark Europe Day 2017. This collaborative concert featured musicians from EUYO as well as the Malta EU Presidency Choir and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
A small group of EUYO musicians came together to perform the world premiere of "If" by Karl Fiorini inspired by Rudyard Kipling's poem, followed by Beethoven Symphony No. 9. Our players then featured in a Late Night Music Club Session presented by one of our members Sinéad O'Halloran, with special guest appearances by Ira Losco, Kafena and members of the Malta Youth Orchestra. To learn more about the event click here.
The perfect way to celebrate peace, unity and culture in Europe!
Brian Schembri – Conductor
Riccardo Bianchi – Chorus Master
Fiorini: “If” for tenor and orchestra
Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem, a fatherly advice to his son emphasizing human dignity and wisdom but more essentially what it undertakes to be a man.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is widely considered to be one of the composer’s greatest works, although he was so deaf at the time of its completion, Beethoven couldn’t hear the audience’s enthusiastic applause at its premiere.
With its rousing choral finale which uses Friedrich von Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”, Beethoven’s Ninth has also stood as an important cultural symbol. The melody that Beethoven set to Schiller’s text is the anthem of the European Union.
EUYO players in performance with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Brian Schembri
EUYO performing at the Late Night Music club session
24 - 26 April 2017 - EUYO in Berlin. Last month, a string quartet of EUYO players travelled to Berlin to perform as part of a commemorative event honouring the 50th anniversary of the death of Konrad Adenauer, the first post-war Chancellor of Germany from 1949 -1963.
American foreign minister Henry Kissinger and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel were also there to mark the celebration. We were delighted to be a part of such an important event which celebrated the life and work of one of Germany's most important political figures.
Mozart - Divertimento K. 136 in D major, first movement
Beethoven - Cavatina string quartet No. 13 in B♭ major, Op. 130
German national hymn: Hymn for Europe
April 2017 Orchestra Project - A small group of EUYO players were invited to perform as special guests as part of the Britten-Pears April 2017 Orchestra Project at Snape Maltings in Aldeburgh.
Over a fortnight, New York-born conductor Marin Alsop lead the Britten–Pears Orchestra in two programmes: Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and the world premiere of a new concerto featuring EUYO Alumnus and solo percussionist Colin Currie, in performances in Aldeburgh and at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
The BPO joined with Marin Alsop in the making of a major new NAXOS film of Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, later performing it with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, in the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, along with pieces by Anna Clyne and John Adams.
We were delighted to be involved in such an inspirational and iconic event, which also marked the 50th anniversary of music at Snape Maltings.
Performances: 7th April at Royal Festival Hall and 8th April at Snape Maltings
Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2
Turnage, Percussion Concerto (In memoriam Steve Martland) (World premiere)
Stravinsky, Rite of Spring
Performances 15th and 16th April at Snape Maltings
Anna Clyne, Masquerade
John Adams, Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance (European premiere)
Britten, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
Some EUYO players at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 7th April
25 March 2017 - On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, in the beautiful setting of Villa Medici, the EUYO performed Spirit of Europe; a repertoire of music from across Europe to celebrate 60 years of unity, peace and cultural integration.
Leading members of the Italian and European cultural scene presented their testimony on the achievements of the Treaty throughout the years.
The event was organised by the Directorate General of the European Commission for telecommunications, content and technology (DG CONNECT), the Representation of the European Commission in Rome, and the Embassy of Malta in Italy.
With repertoire from the Atlantic to the Black Sea, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, the programme celebrated half a millennium of Europe's Spirit in music from Austria, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.
Part 1 - Ceremony
Handel - The Arrival of the Queen of Sheeba
Mozart - Divertimento K136, movement No. 3
Part 2 - Remembrance
Gorecki - 3 pieces in the old style, Piece III
Paart - In Memorium Benjamin Britten
Part 3 - Spirit
Skalkottas - 2 Greek dances: Epirotikos and Kleftikos
Rameau - Chaconne from Dardanus
Rodrigo Martinez - Folia 1490
Bartok - Romanian Dances
Part 3 Celebration
Vivaldi - Winter from the Four Seasons
Beethoven - Ode to Joy, The European Hymn
1 and 3 December 2016 - An EUYO brass & percussion ensemble performed in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
On 1 December 2016 members of the Brass and Percussion Ensemble performed in Abu Dhabi's National Theatre and subsequently, on 3 December, at the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation in Dubai. In Dubai the Orchestra was presented with a commemorative glass by the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation. We were delighted to be returning to the United Arab Emirates following the EUYO’s Arab world debut in 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Festival, a visit made possible by the generous invitation and support of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, and its Founder H.E. Hoda l. Al Khamis-Kanoo.
The December 2016 performances featured music specially programmed for the anniversary celebration, with compositions from Austria, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UAE, UK and the US, performed by Austrian, Belgian, Bulgarian, Danish, Italian, Hungarian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and UK EUYO members. Further details can be found here.
UAE National Anthem - arr. Andrew McCoy
Aaron COPLAND - Fanfare for the Common Man
Claudio MONTEVERDI - Prologue to Orfeo
William BYRD - The Earle of Oxfords Marche
Anton BRUCKNER - Motet Locus Iste
Tielman SUSATO - movements from the Suite
Steve REICH - Drumming Part 1
Steve REICH - Music for Pieces of Wood
Giuseppe VERDI - Overture to Nabucco
Zequinha DE ABREU - Tico Tico
ANON. - Carnival in Venice
Peter GANE - Fanfare for Alpbach
Instagram of part of the Abu Dhabi performance at @mckduae here
Post Concert Presentation in Dubai
Abu Dhabi National Theatre Concert (© Marshall Marcus)
The Percussion Ensemble in the UAE, Abu Dhabi 1 December 2016 (© Andrew McCoy)
16 November 2016 - Paris: a string Octet of EUYO players performed at the prestigious annual 'Etats de la France' meeting of significant French politicians and industrialists
At the 2016 gathering, those present included Prime Minister Manuel Valls, ex President of France Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, ex European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, Presidents of multinational companies who support Les Etats de la France, Foreign Ambassadors in Paris, Members of UTC executive leaders, together with other significant political and public figures. This year’s edition focused on putting France’s attractiveness at the centre of the Presidential campaign.
12 November 2016 - Gothenburg: Huge success for the Orchestra's debut in Gothenburg.
This concert in the beautiful unique Gothenburg Koncerthuset, on 12 November 2016, was conducted by EUYO Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, and featured Mahler's first symphony, together with Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante with soloists from the Orchestra. Full details Here.
In the event, there were standing ovations aplenty; stunning playing from soloists violinist Emily Davis, 'cellist Klara Wincor, oboist Antonio Juárez and bassoonist Nikolaj Henriques; a profound speech by EUYO players about #culturenowmorethanever (thank you and well done Alma and Andrew!), and 2 encores, including a surprise: Swedish folk music played by young Swedish 'fiddlers' and the EUYO. The obligatory post concert jam session was provided by three of our multi talented and ever smile-inducing Romanians. All in all a reaffirming experience just when the world needs it!
First set of standing ovations after the Mahler 1 performance
The Romanians take control of the balcony - and the adulation of the audience - at the after party ...
9 November 2016 - Berlin: The EUYO returned to play at the Prestigious Europa Rede Conference
Organised by the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and forming the conclusion of the Soul for Europe's 2016 conference Cultural Identities on the Move, the EUYO returned to perform at this key annual European event which they last participated in in 2014.
This project - as in 2014 - is the fruit of a collaboration with Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting. The 2016 Europa Rede Speech was delivered by EUYO Honorary Patron Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. A welcome was given by Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, ex-President of the European Parliament, ex EUYO Honorary President, and Chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. There were also speeches from Maria Tandeck, lawyer and prizewinner Young Europeans 2010 of the Schwarzkopf Foundation, and Noémi Kiss , writer, "A Soul for Europe" initiative, who gave an impassioned and wonderful portrayal of Europe.
The whole event (as at 10 November 2016) is available Here in German, and is almost 2 hours long
At around 55'56" the Commission President extols the EUYO as cultural Ambassadors for the EU for a full minute and a half. Thank you Jean-Claude Juncker!
Programme and Performers:
Bartok Romanian Dances
Gorecki Style 3 from III Pieces in the Old Style
Mendelssohn String Octet, Fourth movement
Well done the Performers!
Samuel Garcia Garcia, violin
Luisa Seco, violin
Emma van Schoonhoven, violin
Judith De Haas, violin
Joana Nunez, viola
Samuel Espinosa Ruiz, viola
Anne Keckeis, 'cello
Stefano Cuccuzella, 'cello
Rui Rodrigues, bass
Maria Krykov, bass
17 October 16 - EUYO perform at the Jean Monnet Conference
Organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture in a conference attended by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, the EUYO performed as part of the Jean Monnet Annual Conference which brings together professors and researchers on EU Studies from all over the world.
Tying in with the conference theme "Global Governance in times of Global Challenges", members of the The EUYO performed a programme of especially put together non EU music:
Full Programme Notes and event photos click on the photo link:
06 - 29 Aug 2016
The EUYO's 2016 Summer tour began with a three week residency period at Grafenegg, the Orchestra's Summer Home & Principal Venue Partner.
This summer's major EUYO concert dates were as follows:
Grafenegg, AT - 6 August
Bratislava, SK - 7 August
Ljubljana, SI - 11 August
Wrocław, PL - 13 August
Warsaw, PL - 15 August
Berlin, DE - 17 August
Bolzano, IT - 19 August
Bolzano, IT - 25 August
Grafenegg, AT - 27 August
Amsterdam, NL - 29 August
In addition, late night sessions, musiclabs and other performances took place during the tour, including a new Close Up Concert at Vienna's Museumsquartier, the opening concert of the new Alpbach European Forum Congress Hall, and a joint concert with the Tonkünstler Orchestra in Grafenegg. Full details can be found in the 2016 Summer Tour Brochure.
If you have any specific questions about our tour or other performances, please email us at email@example.com
Photo (c) Alexander Haiden