European Union Baroque Orchestra to leave UK
The European Union Baroque Orchestra, based in Oxfordshire since 1985, has announced plans to move to Belgium amid concerns of a 'post-Brexit crackdown on immigration'.
The orchestra will give its last UK concert in its current form at St John’s Smith Square, London, on 19 May, before moving to Antwerp. The critically acclaimed orchestra auditions about 100 students a year, including young British musicians, and chooses between 20 and 25 for intensive training and performance. Alumni have gone on to fill posts in major baroque orchestras around the world.
The ISM, which carried out a unique survey of 500 working, professional musicians asking for their post-Brexit priorities said:
‘This decision by the European Union Baroque Orchestra is indicative of the impossible uncertainty Brexit has caused the music profession: musicians and organisations alike. Our unique survey of 500+ professional working musicians puts freedom of movement as the top priority in negotiations.
It is not surprising that professional musicians are attempting to plan for the future in the light of Brexit. Before we lose any more orchestras and indeed other parts of world class cultural offer, we call on the Government to commit to a freedom of movement exemption for cultural professionals to protect our creative industries.’
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