The international conductor has added his voice to the condemnation of the EU’s decision to defund its youth orchestra. He writes:
The decision taken by the European Community to stop subsidizing its Youth Orchestra is a grave political error on the part of those whose role it is to protect culture and its institutions, the education of young people and society in general.
The EUYO was formed 40 years ago to represent exceptionally gifted and carefully selected young artists from what is now a 28-member political, economic and cultural entity. It doesn’t require great imagination to appreciate the impact that this orchestra has on forming the young generation of musicians and the audiences it performs for internationally.
These musicians are destined to represent the world of classical music for decades to come. They are the mirror of what the European Community aspires to be. To stop supporting them constitutes a betrayal of a fundamental belief that culture too defines every civilization. Not only wars.
No response yet from the Juncker bunker.