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European Union Baroque Orchestra Enlightens York’s Young Musicians

The acclaimed European Union Baroque Orchestra, a training initiative for young performers from all over Europe, will take part in a poignant residency at the National Centre for Early Music in York, 15 - 21 March, with a public performance at the NCEM as part of the celebrations for European Day of Early Music, on Tuesday 21 March. 

With a five-day programme that includes energetic training, coaching and interactive sessions with York's young musicians, including York's youth Early Music group, the Minster Minstrels, and 80 Key Stage 2 pupils from Heworth Primary School, this will be the last time audiences will see the EUBO in the north of England before the orchestra leaves the UK to set up its new headquarters in Antwerp.

Delma Tomlin MBE, Director of the NCEM says; "We are honoured to have the EUBO take part in a residency at the NCEM here in York, and we look forward to an exciting performance on 21 March. We have been delighted to welcome the orchestra under their director Lars Ulrik Mortensen on a variety of occasions and have always enjoyed their vivacity and professionalism." 

"It is though with some sense of sadness and trepidation that we will lose the legacy and development opportunities that the EUBO offers so very soon after this performance. The departure from the UK of this cultural ambassador for the European Union is a significant moment, as a resource that has been accessible and inspirational for young British musicians for over thirty years, will be no more. We will be sure to maximise every moment that we have this week."     

The European Early Music Network {REMA} coordinates the European Day of Early Music. The concert - celebrating the music of Bach and Handel - will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 as well as streamed across Europe.    

Stay up-to-date with the EUBO's residency on social media including the NCEM and EUBO Facebook pages and Twitter (@Eubo_Live and @yorkearlymusic)

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Notes to editors:
The European Union Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1985 with members selected 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 co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union For more information

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