Today (19 May), the Principals of the four Royal Schools of Music have united with ABRSM tocall an urgent request to the European Union to restore core funding to the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Last week it was announced that the EUYO would cease operations from September 2016 unless the EU agrees to support its funding. The news has attracted widespread cries of support from musicians and educators around the world.
The Principals of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, alongside the Chief Executive ofABRSM, have come together to write an open letter to Jean-Claude Junker, President of the EuropeanCommission, calling for funding to be put in place tosave the Orchestra.
Together they write:
“The EUYO represents one of the pinnacles of arts education and performance. It has provided students from throughout Europe the opportunity to make music at the highest level, to create lasting bonds between participants and to create a vibrant and visceral approach to music making. The EUYO is one of the great cultural ambassadors of Europe.
“At a time when the very ideals of cohesion and collaboration across Europe are under duress, we believe the EUYO to be an inspiration for young musicians everywhere and to be far more than a showpiece of artistic attainment.”