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Project information

Bursaries for young baroque musicians 2013

The European Union Baroque Orchestra uniquely provides young musicians from all over Europe with the training and experience to embark on careers in baroque music. It acts as a bridge between conservatoire study and professional life; former EUBO members are in every major baroque ensemble.

March 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: EUBO Development Trust

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  • Need


    EUBO was founded in 1985 in response to a growing interest in historically informed performances and a consequent demand for musicians. With the continued level of demand for baroque music, EUBO provides the training that is required. EUBO aims to reduce the disparity of opportunity between students in European countries where baroque music performance and education is well developed and those where opportunities to study baroque instruments or attend concerts are small or non-existent.


    A completely new orchestra will be chosen in 2013 from the most talented young students from all over Europe. 100 candidates will take part in our of the 4-day audition courses and the 22 successful candidates from 12 or more EU countries will be members of the orchestra for 6 months. The audition course, which is a self-contained residential study course, provides a unique experience unobtainable at this level elsewhere in the world; those not selected will gain valuable experience.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The aim is to provide bursaries for up to 100 students to attend the audition course


    » Bursaries will be offered so that the best young musicians can attend the audition course regardless of their financial circumstances

    What success will look like

    Success will be that 100 young musicians from at least 11 different EU countries will have attended the audition course

    Aim 2

    To provide additional support to enable students to participate as members of the orchestra on tour


    » Ensuring that, despite the differing levels of earned income available, EUBO will be able to perform at the finest music festival and concert halls

    What success will look like

    Success will be 32 performances by the 2013 orchestra throughout the EU

  • Impact


    The project will continue the provision of fresh, energetic talent to re-invigorate the resources and vitality of baroque performance worldwide.

    Success will be demonstrated by monitoring the numbers of musicians who have played with baroque ensembles. This is a freelance profession but experience has shown that the majority of musicians achieve steady positions.


    The major risk is that the orchestra does not receive its EC grant.

    The orchestra has been in receipt of this grant successfully for 26 years


    Donors will receive a bi-annual report on the 2013 orchestra, including information on the audition course.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,480

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,200 auditions towards 20 audition bursaries for travel
      £1,800 auditions towards 20 audition bursaries for accommodation
      £2,400 auditions towards 20 audition bursaries for subsistence
      £14,080 tours 22 musicians to travel to rehearsals for 4 tours
  • Background


    The project is pan-European, providing training opportunities that are not available at national level in most of the EU countries. The orchestra is based in Wootton, near Woodstock, Oxfordshire; the auditions are based in Luxembourg; the orchestra rehearses in Luxembourg and tours to more than 12 European countries.


    Up to 100 young baroque musicians from all over Europe will benefit from the auditions and by being members of the orchestra.
    Audiences in many countries of Europe, some of whom would not have the opportunity to hear baroque music played to this standard.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the past 26 years, 25 different orchestras comprising more than 650 full-time members of EUBO have given over 700 performances in 52 countries worldwide.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lars Ulrik Mortensen

    Music Director He oversees the artistic content of the audition course and the touring programme as well as directing a number of tours

    Margaret Faultless

    Director of Studies for the audition course She is an internationally renowned specialist in historical performance practice

    Paul James

    General Director He oversees the day to day running of EUBO, arranges the tours andis the point of contact with the European Commission,