Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has announced today the creation of a new youth orchestra, named RCO Young. It is made up of young talented European musicians between the ages of fourteen and seventeen who reflect the diversity of Europe.

This youth orchestra is meant to cater for ‘hidden talent’ – young musicians who need extra support and who are currently under-represented in European orchestras.

At the RCO Young summer camp the young musicians will be participating in an intensive programme of group and orchestral rehearsals, chamber music, coaching sessions and workshops led by professional workshop leaders, and classes given by members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The training goes beyond music, though. In collaboration with United World College Netherlands, they will also be attending workshops focusing on personal development, democracy and social responsibility.

The programme concludes with concerts led by a renowned conductor at The Concertgebouw and at the Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels

The first RCO Young summer camp is taking place from 7 to 25 August 2019 at Akoesticum, national training centre for music, dance and theatre in the Dutch city of Ede. Participation is free, and travel and accommodation costs will be reimbursed.

Music teachers, conductors of local youth orchestras, school bands and ensembles, as well as other professionals, are invited to nominate talented young musicians for an audition. Audition applications for the first RCO Young summer camp should be submitted before 31 January 2019.

All the necessary information can be found at


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