Baroque music is alive and kicking in Antwerp: GOfBaroque gets young musicians ready for a professional career

From 10 to 14 August, AMUZ (Festival of Flanders – Antwerp) and the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) are organising the GOfBaroque Summer Academy. This Summer Academy selects the musicians who will join the EUBO in the coming season. Young baroque musicians have poured into Antwerp from all over Europe – from the Netherlands to Lithuania, Moldavia and Italy – to participate in an intensive process.

GOfBaroque prepares the next generation of baroque musicians for the professional world of music by giving them the opportunity to join the EUBO for half a year, thus gaining the stage experience they need. Around sixty talented young musicians are coached for four days at the Summer Academy by leading specialists in baroque music. Together they prepare a range of concert programmes. The Summer Academy also takes the time to get to know all the individual candidates in depth: as soloists, members of a chamber music ensemble, orchestra musicians and as people. At the end of this unique procedure, the coaches select the twenty musicians who will be playing in the EUBO.

The tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and violinist Rachel Podger are among those who can confirm that being part of the EUBO is a vital stage in the development of young musicians. Both have contributed to EUBO productions in the past and now dazzle audiences on the most important international concert stages, including AMUZ. Besides honing crucial skills, young musicians also gain the concert experience that is essential for a successful career as a professional musician.

Stargazing at AMUZ
The EUBO tour starts at the end of September with a concert at AMUZ. Along with the star baroque violinist Amandine Beyer, the orchestra will play a tribute on 26 September to the excellence of French taste and style, in which ballet was an important element. It promises to be a concert entirely Dans le goût français, with a programme that includes André Campra’s L’Europe galante from 1697, considered to be the very first opéra-ballet. A second EUBO concert will be held at AMUZ on 28 November: Constellatio felix, led by Lars Ulrik Mortensen. During this concert, the audience at AMUZ will explore the heavens through works with an astronomical theme. Lully brings in the sun in Phaeton, Muffat’s concerto grosso Propitia sydera refers to the stars and Rameau transports listeners to the planets with his Entrées for Venus, Jupiter and Mercury.

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GOfBaroque aims to win over a growing audience for aroque music. This autumn, AMUZ will prove that this European music heritage has lost none of its vitality and relevance, resenting more than 150 years of baroque music from various countries during Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens Inspires. Like AMUZ, GOfBaroque also sets great store by the use of instruments, conventions, ornamentations, sources and musical interpretations that are appropriate to the context of the original composition and performance. In this way the music fulfils the aesthetic criteria and concords with the performance practice of the period in which the music originated: the right instruments, vocabulary, stylistic concept and techniques.