Maltese musicians back campaign to save European youth orchestra

Musicians across the European Union protest against the EU’s decision to end funding for its youth orchestra

Staff Reporter
20 May 2016, 12:20pm
Maltese musicians have joined musicians across the EU to protest against the EU’s decision to end funding for its youth orchestra

The campaign Save EUYO is being backed by several member states, not least Malta.

The EUYO counts among its members performers from all 28 EU member states and has been conducted by a host of maestros, including Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert von Karajan and its founder, Claudio Abbado.

It was established by a resolution of the European parliament in 1976.

In a statement, the EUYO said: "The EUYO was informed on 15 April 2016 that its Creative Europe partnership is no longer in receipt of any funding from the EU.

"Since that time the orchestra has been in regular contact with the EU to attempt to find alternative funding from the EU. "However the funding routes so far suggested by the EU do not allow the orchestra to plan any form of secure future."