The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world’s most prestigious and dynamic orchestras, uniting Europe’s most talented young musicians from all 27 EU countries under some of the world’s most famous conductors, in an orchestra which transcends cultural boundaries and performs all over the world. The level demanded of the players, combined with the renowned musical leadership of its conductors, has won the EUYO an outstanding musical and educational reputation.
Born in Milan, Gianandrea Noseda has appeared worldwide with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony,the Philadelphia Orchestra,the Boston Symphony , the London Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan, and the Israel Philharmonic.
Principal Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic from 2002-2008, he is now their Conductor Laureate, and works regularly with the Orchestra in the UK, touring and in the recording studio as well as annually at the BBC Proms.
In 2005 his live performances with the BBC Philharmonic of Beethoven's complete symphonies attracted 1.4 million download requests in a BBC trial which was offered as part of Radio 3's Beethoven Experience. Subsequently, complete symphony cycles by Tchaikovsky, Schumann and Brahms were also made available on download by Chandos Records, with whom Noseda is an exclusive artist.
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European Union Youth Orchestra
Gianandrea Noseda, conductor
Twenty-Seven Heavens explores Blake's Jerusalem in which the poet parallels aspects of his mythological world with various districts of London, including Hackney, Bow and Stratford. The twenty-seven heavens are layers of obscurity which the individual must penetrate to see the vision of Eternity – an idea which has resonance for both the artist and the athlete.
New Music 20x12 is the brainchild of Jillian Barker and David Cohen who wanted to put new music at the heart of the Olympic celebrations in 2012. It is delivered by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with BBC Radio 3, London 20x12 and NMC Recordings. For a full list of funding partners click here.
20 outstanding new works, each lasting 12 minutes, commissioned to feature centre stage of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. New Music 20x12 is a UK-wide commissioning programme consisting of twenty new pieces of music, each of 12 minutes in length, celebrating the talent and imagination of the UK’s musical community as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Over the next 12 months you will be able to enjoy performances of these 20 new works in a wide range of venues and unexpected locations across the length and breadth of the UK – from churches, arts centres and concert halls to public spaces, festivals and a train journey. Each piece will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and available to purchase as mp3/FLAC download from NMC.
Visit our New Music 20x12 Project Page for more information about the twenty works.
‘Creates satisfying momentum in Twenty-Seven Heavens.’ BBC Music Magazine
Produced in association with BBC Radio 3 and PRS for Music Foundation