EUROPE DAY & EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURS
5 - 21 MAY 2018
Alicante & South America
On 9 May, a group of EUYO musicians performed in Alicante as part of 2018 Europe Day celebrations. Presented by EUIPO, the annual Europe Day concert in Alicante took place in the ADDA concert hall in the city at 20:00. This year marked the eighth edition of the concert, held to commemorate the anniversary of the Schuman Declaration. The musicians then travelled on to Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Montevideo with performances at Ibirapuera Auditorium, CCK Concert Hall and Teatro Solis. Alumni and previous concertmaster Sarah Sew directed the musicians. The full programme from the project is listed below:
Part 1 - Ceremony
George Frideric Handel
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Part 2 - Remembrance
3 pieces in the old style, Piece III
Part 3 - Spirit, Dance
2 Greek dances
Epirotikos and Kleftikos
Chaconne from Dardanus
Part 4 Celebration
Summer from the Four Seasons
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ode to Joy
The European Hymn
Performed as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage
2018 SPRING TOUR: 19 March - 15 April 2018
The EUYO's 2018 Spring Tour commenced with a two week residency in Ferrara as part of the official opening of the Orchestra's new three year residency project. The opening concert took place on Friday 30th March at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara where the Orchestra was joined by Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and renowned pianist Till Fellner. The EUYO appeared as Orchestra in Residence at Grafenegg where they performed a formal Easter concert at informal chamber music activities. The 2018 Spring Tour also saw the beginning of an exciting new education and performance residency at Dubai Opera, in a wide-ranging series of open rehearsals, outreach events and concerts, performing alongside Vasily Petrenko and pianists Karim Said and Alexandra Dariescu. During this time, the Orchestra was awarded the 2018 Cultural Diplomat of the Year Award alongside four other recipients, and the EUYO were delighted to be invited to perform at the CultureSummit Abu Dhabi 2018, where it was presented with the award. The EUYO travelled to Romania and gave a final, atmospheric performance of the 2018 Spring Tour to a full house at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
FERRARA, IT - 30 MARCH
GRAFENEGG, AT - 1 APRIL
ABU DHABI, UAE - 10 APRIL
DUBAI, UAE - 12 APRIL
DUBAI, UAE - 13 APRIL
BUCHAREST, RO - 15 APRIL
Full details of the tour can be found here
Bucharest, photo by Mihai Cratofil
Cello section at Grafenegg, Easter Concert
Ferrara, 30th March
Un Ensemble per la Cultura, Rome: 18 December 2017
On 18th December 2017, a chamber ensemble of EUYO musicians performed as part of Un Ensemble per la Cultura, an event organized by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, to launch the 2018 Year of European Cultural Heritage in Italy.
Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, and Silvia Costa, MEP and former Chair of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament, were amongst the key note speakers. The event began at 11am on Monday 18 December at the RAI offices in via Asiago in Rome, and was broadcasted by RAI Radio.
Dario Franceschini - Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities
Monica Maggioni - RAI President
Sandro Gozi - Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers with a mandate for European Affairs
Silvia Costa - European Parliamentarian
Beatrice Covassi - Head of Representation in Italy of the European Commission
Joseph Haydn String quartet Op. 76 No. 4 in Bb ‘The Sunrise'
Antonio Vivaldi Flute Concerto ‘Il Gardellino’ RV 428
solo flute Viola Brambilla
C.M von Weber Rondo from Clarinet Quintet op.34
solo clarinet Lorenzo Russo
Sylva/Mozart, arr. Thorpe 'If you knew Susie’
Beethoven EU Anthem, ‘Ode to Joy
China - EU Exchange Project 'Experiencing Europe' - Year 1 Project: 21 - 28 October 2017
From 21-28 October, a chamber ensemble of 11 EUYO members travelled to Shanghai for the first project of the three-year Experience Europe programme, sponsored by the EU Delegation to China. The aim of the programme is to foster understanding between China and the EU. The 11 travelling EUYO members performed side by side with young Chinese musicians from the EUYO’s Global Exchange Partner, the Shanghai Orchestra Academy. This is an exciting opportunity to bring together musicians from different cultures to learn and exchange approaches to performance, form musical friendships, and deepen understanding across the world. The October project included rehearsals, cultural exchange sessions and workshops from EUYO tutors. The project culminated in a concert at 7.45pm on Friday 27 October 2017, at the Chamber Hall of the recently constructed and much praised Shanghai Symphony Hall building.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Serenade No.12 for winds in C minor, K.388 (1st Mvt)
Steve Reich Drumming (Part 1: 4 pairs of tuned bongo drums)
Maurice Ravel Introduction et Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet
Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor, Op.70 "Souvenir de Florence"
EUYO at Princess of Asturias Award celebrations: Asturias, Spain: 13 - 18 October 2017
In October, the EUYO’s brass and percussion ensemble performed in a variety of locations throughout Asturias in the days leading up to a special ceremony in honour of the Princess of Asturias award for Concord which was bestowed upon the European Union in June 2017. The ceremony will take place on Friday 20 October in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain in the presence of His Majesty, King Felipe VI. The EUYO brass and percussion ensemble performed as part of the cultural celebrations taking place in Oviedo in the week leading up to the ceremony.
The Princess of Asturias award for Concord was established on 24 September 1980 by Felipe, Prince of Asturias, then heir to the throne of Spain, "to consolidate links between the Principality and the Prince of Asturias, and to contribute to, encourage and promote scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of mankind's universal heritage."The jury granted the award to the EU, on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, for the union’s collaboration in the implementation and spreading of “values such as freedom, human rights and solidarity”.
The EUYO are truly delighted and honoured to be invited to celebrate the award which pays tribute to a united Europe which has upheld values of freedom, democracy, equality and respect for human rights for over 60 years.
Claudio Monteverdi Prologue to Orfeo
William Byrd The Earle of Oxford's March
Tielman Susato Suite
Anton Bruckner Motet Locus Iste
Giovanni Gabrieli Sonata Pian'e Forte
Giuseppe Verdi Overture to Nabucco
Jim Parker A Londoner in New York
Anon. Carnival of Venice, arranged Elgar Howarth
2017 SUMMER TOUR Spirit of the North: 22 July - 23 August 2017
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.