RCO Young is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s new and international youth orchestra. It consists of young talented European musicians between fourteen and seventeen years old and reflects the diversity of Europe.
This youth orchestra is intended for hidden talent: young musicians who are in need of some extra support and who are currently underrepresented in the European orchestras.
At the RCO Young summer camp they participate in an intensive programme of group practice, orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, coaching sessions and workshops led by professional workshop leaders, and classes given by members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. At the conclusion of the programme they play concerts under the direction of a renowned conductor at The Concertgebouw and at the Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra views the development of top talent as of the utmost importance. In addition to that, with RCO Young the Orchestra aims to stimulate personal development, a strong sense of community and a democratic mindset. A special program will be designed in collaboration with the United World Colleges Nederland. This new youth orchestra will serve as a bridge between society and a top-level cultural institute.
RCO Young is an offshoot of RCO meets Europe, the ambitious tour undertaken by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra through all member states of the EU between 2016 and 2018. During this tour the Orchestra played a piece together with a local youth orchestra (Side by Side) in each country which resulted in close ties with young musicians all across Europe. This unique concept will continue to take shape in RCO Young and subsequently resonate through the wider community. The young musicians will become ambassadors, taking the ideas behind RCO Young – talent development, diversity and the connection with society – with them to their respective home countries.
The first RCO Young summer camp takes place from 7 to 25 August 2019 at Akoesticum, the national training centre for music, dance and theatre in Ede, the Netherlands. Participation is free, and travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed.
Music teachers, conductors of local youth orchestras, school bands and ensembles, as well as other professionals can nominate talented young musicians for an audition. Applications for the auditions for the first RCO Young summer camp are being accepted until 31 January 2019.
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