3,700 Danish school children drive to Copenhagen to hear BYP

Thousands of Danish school children who don’t usually have access to live classical music will get to hear Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic on its September tour, thanks to a groundbreaking scheme run by DR Musikariet and Danish Radio. ‘Into the Music’ brings Danish children living in rural areas far from concert halls into cities, where they can hear live music for free, often for the first time ever.

The 3,700 children, aged 12–16 and all from Ringkøbing-Skjern in western Denmark, will take the 5-hour ride to Copenhagen in 50 coaches, where BYP will perform two afternoon concerts for them, on 19 September. The orchestra will present repertoire by composers from around the Baltic Sea, specially chosen to appeal to children, including Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, Carl Nielsen’s A Fantasy Journey to the Faroe Islands and Imants Kalniņš ‘Rock’ Symphony, all of which the orchestra will performing throughout its autumn tour.

Alongside the concerts, the children will also learn about the pieces, the cultures of the Baltic Sea states, and the way the orchestra works, including hearing interviews with BYP musicians. They will also spend time in Copenhagen, visiting important cultural sites, and a group will take part in a workshop hosted by Danish Radio News.

‘Into the Music’ began in 2013 and by the time it comes to an end in 2017, 75,000 Danish school children between the ages of 7 and 16 will have attended a classical music concert. Recent research demonstrated the impact of the project: when asked ‘Have the concerts made you want to play an instrument?’, up to 85% of the pupils answered ‘yes’. When asked ‘Do you want to attend a concert again?’ up to 95% answeredyes’.