Regional Festivals within EOFed

 

 

Eurochestries Baltic Youth Symphony Orchestras Festival in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia 13-18 April 2024.

This festival will be organised in cooperation with the European Orchestra Federation

 

Concerts will be held in different places and among them the European Capital of Culture of 2024 - Tartu, Estonia

A stunning total of over 1400 musicians will perform in all the Baltic countries in 15 concerts in total. Main  goal is to give orchestras opportunities to perform and to listen to other orchestras in an international festival. A special international orchestra will be created, an orchestra from France will be guest of the festival together with a few players from Ukraine.

More information about this regional festival you can find below. Please use the arrows to the right of the header to see the text.

General information

The Baltic Festival is an event for youth, amateur, symphony and chamber orchestras from the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) and a guest orchestra from France. Some individual musicians from Ukraine will also participate. 

The first festival for youth and amateur orchestras of the Baltic states took place in 2016 in Daugavpils (Latvia) and in April 2023, there was a short one-day Baltic youth orchestras festival in Vilnius (Lithuania). It is hoped that this festival in 2024 will help to keep the tradition alive and will encourage future collaboration and co-operation between Baltic orchestras.

Fifteen concerts will be staged over six days in all of the Baltic countries, showcasing thirty-six orchestras and more than one thousand four hundred musicians. Activity will vary and while many orchestras will participate for only one day, some will do most of the program and most of the orchestras will participate for two or three days.

The festival will take place under the brand and partnership of "Eurochestries International" with the main goal being participation in an international festival, stimulation of present and future collaborations, building friendships and sharing experiences. 

A special international orchestra - the Baltic Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO) will be created especially for the festival and will perform in all three Baltic countries. Membership will include 20 musicians from each Baltic country and a guest orchestra from France, totalling 80 players. 

The Festival is supported by the European Orchestra Federation, the Estonian Symphony Orchestras Association, the Latvian Orchestras Association and Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra "Alytus"

The Baltic Festival is an event intended for symphony orchestras and chamber music of young amateur musicians from the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) as well as a guest orchestra from France. For 6 days, we expect the participation of 36 orchestras.

 

Participants

International orchestra:

  • Baltic Youth Symphony Orchestra

 

Guests:

  •        Eurochestries Youth Symphony Orchestra (France)
  •        Students from Kiev Music Academy (Ukraine)

 

Lithuania:

  • Alytus Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra „Svajone“
  • Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra "Simfukai"
  • Klaipeda Stasys Šimkus Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
  • Vilnius Karoliniškės Music School Youth Symphony Orchestra  

 

Latvia:

  • Emīls Dārziņs Riga Music High School Symphony Orchestra
  • Jazeps Medinš Riga 1st Music School Chamber Orchestra "Armonico" 
  • Jazeps Mediņš Riga 1st Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Riga Secondary School no. 10 orchestra
  • Baldone Cultural Center and Vecumnieki region Music and Art School Symphony Orchestra "Draugi"
  • Jugla Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Kekava region Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Marupe Music and Art School Chamber Orchestra
  • Garkalne Primary School of Arts and General Education Chamber Orchestra
  • Adaži Music and Art School Symphony Orchestra
  • Sēja Music and Art School Chamber Orchestra
  • Ziemelkurzeme Chamber Orchestra
  • Ventspils Music High School String Orchestra
  • Daugavpils Chamber Orchestra
  • Krimulda and Limbaži Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Janis Norvilis Madona Music School Chamber Orchestra
  • Arvids Žilinskis Jēkabpils Music School Chamber orchestra

 

Estonia:

  • Viimsi Music School String Orchestra
  • Tartu Heino Eller Music School Sinfonietta
  • Viljandi Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Harju County String Orchestra
  • Võru Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Livonia (Liivimaa) Youth Symphony Orchestra
  • Nõmme Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Tallinn Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Lasnamäe Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Rapla Music School Symphony Orchestra
  • Põltsamaa Music School Chamber Orchestra
  • Tartu 1st Music School String Orchestra
  • Põlva Music School String Orchestra

Festival Concerts

in LITHUANIA:

  • 13 April at 19.00 in Alytus Cultural Centre, opening concert (festival pre-concert at 15.00 in Butrimonys)
  • 14 April at 14.30 in Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School Concert Hall
  • 14 April at 19.00 in Vilnius Balys Dvarionas Music School Concert Hall

 

in LATVIA:

  • 16 April at 15.00 in Marupe Music and Art School
  • 16 April at 19.00 in Riga Culture Palace ZIEMEĻBLĀZMA, Great Hall

 

in ESTONIA:

  • 17 April at 12.30 in Tartu Vanemuise Concert Hall
  • 17 April at 15.00 in Heino Elleri Tartu Music School, in Tubin Hall
  • 17 April at 17.00 in Valga Cultural Center
  • 17 April at 17.30 in Tartu Vanemuise Concert Hall, festival final concert and ceremony
  • 17 April at 19.00 in Võru Cultural Center "Kannel" 
  • 18 April at 18.00 in Tartu St Paul Church
  • 18 April at 18.00 in Põlva Cultural Centre
  • 18 April at 18.00 in Viljandi Folklore Centre

Festival team

Jüri-Ruut Kangur - Vice president of Eurochestries International, president of European Orchestra Federation (Estonia)

eofed.president@gmail.com

Normunds Dregis - President of Latvian Orchestra Association, board member of European Orchestra Federation (Latvia)

Arturas Alenskas - Leading manager of Vilnius B. Dvarionas Music School Symphony Orchestra "Simfukai" (Lithuania)

Liina Nigu - project leader (Estonia)