The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) would like to add its voice to the growing chorus of disappointment that is being heard across Europe at the decision by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme to withdraw funding from the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).
The EUYO has, since 1976, been at the forefront of orchestral training across the continent, and the RPO, along with many of the great orchestras of Europe, has benefited from the inspiration, solid musical foundations and sense of international cooperation instilled in its alumni, who number in the thousands.
How sad that, in the year of our own 70th anniversary and the year of the EUYO’s 40th anniversary, instead of celebrating alongside each other, we find ourselves facing the loss of one of Europe’s greatest cultural institutions.
We would like to appeal to Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament and Honorary President of the EUYO), Jean-Claude Juncker (President of the European Commission), and Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport) to ensure adequate funding for the continuation of this wonderful Orchestra.
Please click through to the EUYO website, outlining how you might help to save the EUYO. And if that's not enough to urge your aid, remind yourself of the European anthem, performed in this instance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in October 2014.