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The Concertgebouw Orchestra kicks off the International Youth Orchestra – NRC



The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will launch an international youth orchestra called RCO Young. The orchestra's administration announced on Monday. The orchestra, intended for about 70 talented European children aged 14 to 17, will meet for the first time in August 2019 and will be based on audio videos to be reviewed and evaluated by Concertgebouw orchestras.

Orchestral musicians will intensely promote children during the nineteen-day summer camp during classes, seminars, group and orchestra periods and room music seminars. We work for two concerts on 23 and 24 August 2019 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in the Flagey Brussels concert hall where RCO Young will work with the Singing Molenbeek Brussels Children's Choir.

Previous European tour

RCO Young is a consequence of it RCO meets Europea tour that the orchestra decides this month. The orchestra toured all 28 countries of the European Union, including co-operation with local youth orchestras. The network that was created now is used to discover very young talented musicians and give them an opportunity.

"With RCO Young, we want to give children the opportunity to grow, especially at times when music schools are closing in Europe," says General Director Jan Raes. "Existing European youth orchestras are mainly aimed at slightly younger musicians and you also see that countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are too exposed to them." RCO Young actively seeks children who find it difficult to find their way to the top find.

RCO Young starts for at least three years. the funding of the first edition is based on private funds, for the rest, the orchestra is actively seeking sponsors.


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