As cultural ambassador for the EU, the Orchestra plays a key role in promoting peace in Europe. Our young musicians from all 27 EU Member States working together embody the EU principle of Unity in Diversity, and offer tangible evidence that the best hope for harmony in Europe is through promoting youth, culture and co-operation.
As part of this role, and at one of the most challenging moments for Europe in many decades, The Orchestra launched a PEACE IN EUROPE project with a series of concerts throughout 2022 in countries across Europe from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the East of Europe to the North Sea, all dedicated to the cause of peace in Europe and to highlighting the plight of victims of violence.
As part of this project the EUYO is currently assisting the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (YsOU) in a project to enable these players to continue their work by helping raise funds, by opening projects such as the EUYO's new online learning programme to them, and by offering side by side performance possibilities between YsOU and the EUYO into the future.
The Slovenian Youth Orchestra (SYO) has established itself as the key helper of YsOU at the moment, having set up a Music Camp in Ljubljana, where Ukrainian musicians and their families can escape the terror of war and be offered accommodation, with space for musical practice, and follow-up assistance in case of an extended stay. If you wish to help the YsOU, you can make a donation here.
Past Peace in Europe concerts:
FERRARA MUSICA CONCERT AT TEATRO COMUNALE CLAUDIO ABBADO DI FERRARA
This concert was also dedicated to the memory of David Sassoli, President of the EU Parliament and EUYO Honorary President, as well as launching the EUYO Peace in Europe Project. It was introduced by EUYO Advisory Council member Hon. Silvia Costa.
Elim Chan Conductor
Sol Gabetta Cello
Anna Clyne This Midnight Hour*
Mieczysław Weinberg Cello Concerto, Op. 43
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
CONCERT AT MUSIIKKITALO IN HELSINKI
Iván Fischer Conductor
Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä Violin
Einojuhani Rautavaara Cantus arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, Op. 61
Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116
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Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons Op. 8
Marshall Marcus Seventeen Strokes of the Bell for Peace and Sustainability
Antonio Vivaldi / Carmen Fizzarotti The [Uncertain] Four Seasons* ‘Floating Autumn’
Further Peace in Europe concerts are currently planned between May and August 2022 in Austria, Germany, Greece, Netherlands and Poland. To offer assistance to the Peace in Europe project and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org