A memorable evening awaits classical music lovers on Friday, 10 May, as the Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar hosts the second EU Meets Myanmar concert at the Strand Hotel Ballroom in Yangon.

Young talented musicians from the Orchestra for Myanmar, New Children’s Choir, The Strand Singers, and the teaching alumni of the distinguished European Union Youth Orchestra will be performing some of most beloved European classical music and traditional Myanmar and European songs. The concert is open to the public, free of charge.

Held as part of the Europe Day celebrations in Myanmar, EU Meets Myanmar aims to promote unity in diversity through the universal language of music. EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt said, “Music is a powerful bridge between cultures, traditions and nations. Every year, on the 9th of May, we mark Europe Day to celebrate peace and unity throughout the European Union. Through the concert, we hope to share this uplifting spirit and the warmth of Europe to all people in Myanmar.”

Five female alumni from the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) are coming to Yangon to perform alongside gifted musicians from the Orchestra for Myanmar, New Children’s Choir, and The Strand Singers.

One of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras and a cultural ambassador for the EU, the EUYO provides an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians. Since 1976, it has worked with many of the world’s greatest musicians and performed in most of the world’s major concert halls and festivals. From Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, Moscow to Mumbai, Seoul to São Paulo, the EUYO have appeared in many hundreds of venues across five continents.

Founded in 2014 by British-Chinese-German violinist and conductor Sebastian See-Schierenberg, the Orchestra for Myanmar provides international-level training and opportunities to young aspiring Myanmar musicians. Their guest teaching teams in the past have included musicians from professional orchestras and universities from all around the world.

The Orchestra for Myanmar have performed with internationally-acclaimed musicians, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and numerous universities and musicians.

“It is truly inspiring for me to see our young singers grow in confidence and our student musicians gain experience each time we have an opportunity to run training, bring in world class guest coaching teams and perform together. We are grateful to our Patron the MARGA Youth Foundation for their ongoing support, and to great partners such as the EU Delegation and EUYO for helping us to give these valuable opportunities to the youth of Myanmar. I hope our participants can one day become cultural ambassadors for their country,” said Sebastian See-Schierenberg.

Children from orphanages, churches and schools around Yangon make up the New Children’s Choir, a group founded in 2016 to build friendships among children from different backgrounds and to use music as a tool to foster belongingness, build confidence and inspire the youth to achieve their dreams.

The Strand Singers are a chamber choir made up of members of the expatriate community in Yangon. They count music teachers, ex professional orchestral musicians and talented amateurs among their members and perform regularly around Yangon. They often collaborate with the Orchestra for Myanmar and New Children’s Choir projects in concert.

As a free, general admission concert, seating at the EU Meets Myanmar concert is on a first-come, first served basis. Doors will close promptly at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served before the event.