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Second annual Concertgebouworkest Young to go ahead

15 June 2021

Youth orchestra for hidden talent from all over Europe will convene in August 2021

Launched to great acclaim in 2019, Concertgebouworkest Young is about to be held for a second time. Concertgebouworkest Young is a youth orchestra which caters for those with hidden talent – young musicians aged fourteen to eighteen from all over Europe who deserve a little extra support. After an intensive summer programme, the youngsters will be performing on 19 and 21 August under the baton of Daniel Harding as a real orchestra. With its twenty-four nationalities it reflects the diversity of Europe.

Summer programme

On 5 August, seventy-two young talented musicians from every corner of Europe will converge on the Akoesticum training centre for music in the Dutch city of Ede. The young players had originally been selected to participate in Concertgebouworkest Young in 2020, which was ultimately postponed because of coronavirus. Fortunately, over the last season they have received a great deal of instruction online thanks to the efforts of no fewer than thirty-five members of the Concertgebouworkest. When the young musicians finally meet up in August, they are sure to be well prepared and ready to go.

The summer programme in Ede includes sectional and orchestral rehearsals, chamber music, coaching sessions and workshops overseen by professional workshop leaders, and lessons with Concertgebouworkest musicians. A special programme developed in partnership with United World Colleges Nederland uses music to promote a sense of community, democratic ideals and personal development among the young participants.

The wind players will be giving an outdoor concert in the Dutch town of Velp on Saturday morning, 14 August, and the string players will be performing that same afternoon at Akoesticum.

Youth orchestra concerts

Concertgebouworkest Young will be presenting itself as an orchestra at the Concertgebouw on 19 August. As part of the BankGiro Loterij Summer Concerts Series, it will be giving two short concerts under the direction of Daniel Harding. At 7.00 p.m., the youth orchestra will perform Widmann’s Con brio followed by Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with soloist Paul Lewis. At 9.15 p.m., Widmann’s work will be followed by Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. Concertgebouworkest Young goes on tour on 21 August, performing at the Philharmonie concert hall in Cologne.

After Young has concluded, the participants will take back with them the principles on which Young is founded – talent development, diversity and social engagement – as active ambassadors to their home countries.

What Daniel Harding says about Young

Conductor Daniel Harding praises the ideas behind Concertgebouworkest Young, saying, ‘I’m so excited about the fact that the participants come from such different backgrounds and will be bringing so many different influences and ideas to the mix. They will be so eager to learn from one another! And because they’re also supported by musicians of such a high calibre, with so much experience in orchestral playing, Young promises to offer them a unique and incredibly valuable opportunity.’

Concertgebouworkest Young is only possible thanks to the generous support of private donors, funds and corporate partners.

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