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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

EUYO announces move to Italy

10:56, 11th October 2017

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) has announced a new seat in Italy and expanded artistic relationships within the European Union.

From 2018, the Orchestra’s legal seat will move to Rome, and it will open an administrative department in Ferrara.

It will begin annual spring and autumn residencies in Ferrara at the Teatro Abbado, with formal and informal symphonic and chamber performances throughout the year, and will expand its 40-year relationship with RAI, which will become the Orchestra’s first official broadcast partner.

The Orchestra has also announced a new partnership in Brussels, where it will establish an office in 2018, following an invitation from the Brussels Philharmonic. The EUYO will assist a consortium of Flemish orchestras, concert halls and conservatoires in initiating the Youth Orchestra of the Flemish Community.

A spokesperson for the EUYO said: ‘The decision for EUYO headquarters to relocate has been made in order to guarantee the most successful future for the EUYO and to be able to maintain multiple European partners. The impending changes between the UK and the EU in the coming years will have practical consequences for our office so it will be more beneficial for the Orchestra’s headquarters to relocate from London.’

Although British players will be able to audition for the 2018 and 2019 intakes, the following period depends upon the progress of the UK’s exit from the EU.

These arrangements represent the Orchestra’s first change of headquarters since it was established in London in 1976, and follow the announcement that from 2018 the EUYO is expanding its relationship and work with Campus Grafenegg, the Grafenegg Festival and the Government of Lower Austria. The Orchestra becomes resident orchestra at Grafenegg and partner at Campus Grafenegg, and Grafenegg will become the EUYO’s summer home and principal summer venue partner.

Marshall Marcus, chief executive of the EUYO, said the plans ‘signal a bold, imaginative and sustainable future for the EUYO’.

Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the EUYO, described the Orchestra as ‘a vital cultural and political resource for Europe and for the EU’ and said he was ‘delighted’ that its long-term stability is ensured.


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