Brexit forces youth orchestra out of UK

The European Union Youth Orchestra, whose home has been in London for more than 40 years, is moving to Italy because of Brexit.

The orchestra has been offered a new residency by Italy’s ministry of culture in Rome and Ferrara, the home of the EUYO’s founder the late Claudio Abbado, from 2018.

“It makes absolutely no sense for the office not to be in the EU” said Marshall Marcus, orchestra’s CEO. “You can’t ask for EU funding and then not be in the EU.”

Admired for the quality of its playing, the orchestra will be badly missed from the British music scene. I takes players aged between 17 and 24 from all over the EU and currently has 13 from the UK, though it is understood that young British musicians will no longer be eligible to join after Britain leaves the EU.

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