Thursday, 3 November 2016

EUBO in the UK

European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) - photo Jamie Smith
European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) - photo Jamie Smith
The European Union Baroque Orchestra under its director Lars Ulrik Mortensen will be performing four concerts in the UK during the 2016/17 season, with appearances at the Greenwich Early Music Festival, St John's Smith Square, National Centre for Early Music in York, and the London Festival of Baroque Music. There will be Bach cantatas, music by Handel including a newly discovered cantata, as well as music by Handel's contemporaries based in London. 

It is good to see EUBO properly back in circulation and supported by the EU following the threatened cessation of funding. Their latest tour is given in partnership with St John’s Smith Square and other eight European organisations co-operating on 'EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy' with co-funding from the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. This project addresses the unequal provision across the EU of baroque music education and performance in new and creative ways. EUBO has also been been given the status of Cultural Ambassador for the European Union in perpetuity..

At the Greenwich Early Music Festival (12 November 2016) the ensemble will be joined by Bojan Cicic (violin) and Jan Van Hoecke for music by Handel and his London contemporaries including Sammartini and Geminiani. At St John's Smith Square (27 January 2017) they will be directed by oboist Alfredo Bernadini with members of the Barock Vokal project of the Hochschule für Musik Mainz (DE) to perform Bach cantatas.

In March 2017 the ensemble returns to the National Centre for Early Music, York, for a residency which includes a concert (21 March 2017) where Lars Ulrik Mortensen directs a programme of music by Bach and Handel, including the newly discovered cantata ‘Tu fedel? Tu costante?’ HWV171a, performed by soprano Maria Keohane. And they will be performing the Handel cantata as part of their programme at the London Festival of Baroque Music on 19 May 2017.

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