RCO Young kicks off this summer. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s new youth orchestra brings young musicians aged fourteen to seventeen who need a little extra support. Of the 323 nominees, 73 have now been selected. Representing 27 nationalities, the orchestra truly reflects the diversity of Europe. In addition to 72 European orchestral players, the orchestra includes one young South African violinist as part of the exchange programme established in 2013 between the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO).

RCO Young will be divided into five large ensembles which will be giving concerts under the direction of RCO musicians at the Vondelpark Theatre (open-air concert on 18 August) and in the Amsterdam Hall at RCO House, the orchestra’s new home (on 22 August).

On 23 and 24 August, RCO Young will be introducing itself as an orchestra under the baton of the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Flagey in Brussels respectively. The programme features Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Julian Rachlin as soloist and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

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