Orch to play all 28 EU states

Orch to play all 28 EU states


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2016

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has announced plans to play in every European Union member state in the course of two and a half years, starting in Ireland in August. New principal conductor Daniele Gatti will be in charge.

The tour patron is EU president Jean-Claude Juncker, something of a stranger to the concert hall.


Let’s hope there will still be 28 by 2019. And that the orch won’t be delayed too long at post-Shengen border controls.


  • Colarusso says:

    Daniele Gatti is amazing. Bravo for the Concertgebow. Wonderful choice

  • Peter says:

    It’s a 3 year project up to and including 18/19 season.

  • Max Grimm says:

    Norman, from the very top of the article you linked to:
    “Met deze tweeënhalf jaar durende tournee…” which translates to “(With) this two and a half year tour…”. What lead you to believe it to be a one year tour?

  • Don Ciccio says:

    It would be even better if the program would contain both a piece by a Dutch composer and one by a composer from a host country.

  • Dave says:

    If they leave the UK until last the number of trips required might be down to 27 by then.