On your marks, get set, go! BYP autumn tour begins today

Weeks of hard work and preparation come to fruition today as the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic gives the first concert of its 10-day, 9-city autumn tour of Europe.

The musicians are currently in Heiden, Germany, where they are getting ready to perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol Op. 3 under the baton of Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi. They will also accompany Heigo Rosin in Erkki Sven Tüür’s Ardor for marimba and orchestra and violinist Hyeyoon Park in Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No. 3.

While the orchestra is in Heiden, as part of their commitment to the community, five of its players have been coaching 40 members of the German local brass and marching bands Musikkappelle Heiden and Spielmannszug Heiden, in Berlioz’s Marche hongroise and Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Twenty of these amateurs will have the chance of their life to perform with BYP and Kristjan Järvi before the orchestra’s main evening concert today in Heiden.

From Heiden, the 75 musicians of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic will travel across Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Poland, with highlights including a return to the place where the orchestra was formed in 2008 – Usedom Music Festival, where it will perform at the opening concert (19 September). It makes its debut at Zurich Tonhalle on 12 September and returns to Milan and Verona (14 and 15 September).

The concert on 17 September in Hanover will be broadcast by NDR radio, and during their stay in Copenhagen (18 September) the musicians will take part in Danish Radio’s ‘Into the Music’ project to enable 75,000 students from rural Danish regions to experience live symphonic music, performing to 3,700 school children. The tour wraps up with the orchestra participating in a special concert in Gdansk to celebrate the 25th anniversary of German reunification (20 September).

Check out the entire concert schedule for dates and tickets here.