As cultural ambassador for the EU, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) is marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War with a ‘Concert for Peace’ in Rotterdam on 28 June. The date marks the hundredth anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination.

The performance will also take place in Echternach, Luxembourg on 29 June, and at music festival Printemps des Arts in Nantes on 30 June. The performance will be recorded by the Luxembourg’s Radio 100,7 for transmission on 20 July 2014.

The concerts will feature a programme of music by G. F. Handel, Muffat and Croft’s The Soul of Music is the Soul of Peace. EUBO will joined in performance by the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, who recently collaborated with the orchestra of their latest release ‘Peace & Celebration’. The recording includes the G. F. Handel’s Coronation Anthems, Zadok the Priest HWV259, Let thy hand be strengthened HWV258, My heart is inditing HWV261, The King shall rejoice HWV260; the Concerto Grosso Op3 No2; and the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.

EUBO is also currently leading a campaign to ensure its future.  There are major changes happening to the way in which EUBO is funded by the European Commission. Founded in 1985, the orchestra is in need of help and donations in order to continue its work of supporting of young baroque musicians at the start of their careers.

More information about the campaign is available at www.eubo.eu/donate; and donations are being taken via BT My Donate: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/europeanunionbaroqueorchestra-1

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