EUBO - Celebrating the 2017 European Day of Early Music
As part of the transcontinental celebration of the European Day of Early Music 2017, coordinated by the European Early Music Network REMA-EEMN, we were delighted to welcome the unique European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) to the NCEM for a residency and performance. Directed by the celebrated Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, and featuring the talents of soprano Maria Keohane from Sweden and the UK-based Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić, EUBO presented an evening performance on 21 March 2017, titled Betrayal and Betrothal featuring Handel's newly rediscovered Cantata Tu fedel? Tu costante? HWV171a, Bach's Wedding Cantata Weichet nur BWV 202 and other inspiring works by these two masters of the baroque. The concert was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and live streamed on NCEM's Facebook page.
EUBO's residency at NCEM ran from 15-21 March and included a packed programme of rehearsals and coaching, during which the young and talented orchestra members from different EU member states came together to deepen their collective knowledge of baroque orchestral repertoire. As part of the residency, EUBO and NCEM also offered educational opportunities to local young people: NCEM's Minster Minstrels ensemble had the opportunity to hear EUBO in rehearsal and meet these inspiring young professionals in a Q&A session, as part of their Arts Award work. In addition, on Monday 20 March, 80 Key Stage 2 pupils from Heworth Primary School had the exciting experience of meeting the orchestra through an informal concert, led by Dr Mirjam James of Music For Open Ears, focusing on Bach's Wedding Cantata.
The following links give a flavour of EUBO's Betrayal and Betrothal programme :
GF HANDEL (1685-1759)
JS BACH (1685-1750)
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other - its modus operandi since its foundation in 1985 has been to select new personnel annually. Members come from all over the EU, often directly from university and conservatoire studies, to gain valuable professional performing experience. The orchestra is guided by some of the world's finest baroque music specialists, who nurture and influence the young EUBO musicians with charismatic leadership and high-quality practical education. EUBO's activities are an integral part of a European co-operation project EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy with co-funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. In addition to the international touring and music education the project implements a digital programme titled Baroque Bytes . For more information please visit www.eubo.eu
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