European Union Youth Orchestra Celebrates 40th Anniversary with European Tour

European Union Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) recently revealed its plans for Capital Sounds tour to commemorate its 40th anniversary. First founded in 1976, the orchestra is a medley of the finest young talent from all over Europe. The new initiative will be put into motion at all the capital cities of member European Union countries who will see the orchestra perform live at some point between 2016 to 2020. The project not only aims to bring to light the individual cultures of each nation, but will also showcase local talent from youth ensembles all over Europe.

Wagner’s Production Loses Robin Ticciati to Injury

Robin Ticciati

Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg will mourn the loss of its music director Robin Ticciati, as he withdraws from the position for the season due to a herniated disc surgery. Ticciati, who has worked and held a high position at Glyndebourne since 2014 expressed his disappointment at havint to withdraw from his chance to conduct a Wagner opera. He said he was looking forward to conduction David McVicar’s rendition of the play but the injury in February had led to his need to rest. However, he wishes the company and the crew the very best of luck for the production and stated that he would be back for the summer’s production of Much Ado About Nothing to commemorate the death anniversary of Shakespeare.

Andrew Woolcock Moves into the BBC Young Musician Semi-Finals

Andrew Woolcock

Percussionists Joe Parks, Tom Pritchard, Hristiyan Hristov and Matthew Brett have been beaten by 16-year-old Andrew Woolcock for a place in the BBC Young Musician semifinals. Woolcock, an avid percussion player, was later announced the winner of the percussion category final. The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff played host to the competition and was judged by Joby Burgess, Dobrinka Tabakova and Simone Rebello. Adrew Woolcock will have to compete and win against competitors of other categories pianist Jackie Campbell and saxophonist Jess Gillam and two so far unannounced category winners. He will then have a chance to perform at the BBC Young Musician finals.