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European Union Baroque Orchestra

A unique pan-European institution and an Official Cultural Ambassador for the EU

  • EUBO was founded in 1985 as part of European Music Year
  • Its activities are open to young musicians from all 28 EU member states. EUBO renews its personnel 100% each year.
  • For 28 years, between 1985 and 2013, EUBO was funded annually through various European Commission Culture programmes, most recently and aptly with Operating Grants as a Cultural Ambassador for the EU.
  • Since 2014 a change in the EU’s cultural funding policy meant that funding from the EU was only available for projects under the EU’s new Creative Europe programme.
  • EUBO’s application for Creative Europe funding in 2014 was unsuccessful. EUBO decided to re-apply in September 2015 and managed to maintain a reduced programme of activities during 2014, the unfunded period.
  • EUBO’s second and revised application entitled EUBO Mobile Baroque Academy [EMBA] was successful. The project was found to meet the aims and criteria of the Creative Europe programme. The training orchestra EUBO remains at the core of the activities. The project is organised in partnership with nine other organisations across nine EU Member States for the period 2015 to 2018.
  • For over 30 years EUBO has provided performing experience and training opportunities to thousands of young Europeans, delighted millions of audiences across the world with its fresh and lively performances, and is heard regularly on Europe’s airwaves.
  • More than 1,000 talented musicians have benefited directly and are now active practitioners in Europe’s cultural landscape, its performing and higher education industries, each having served for a season with EUBO under Europe’s finest directors. EUBO is proud to keep Europe’s shared cultural heritage alive.
  • EUBO’s alumni have all come through the Orchestra’s rigorous, annual audition process open to young musicians from all (currently 28) EU Member States.
  • The model of EUBO as a training initiative has been replicated in the USA (The Berwick Academy) and within Europe by the classical instrument project The Theresia Youth Orchestra.
  • EUBO’s Honorary Patrons are the Culture Ministers of all of the 28 EU Member States.

EUBO works to promote the European spirit of freedom, peaceful co-operation, creativity and openness in Europe and for Europe.


As former EC President José Manuel Barroso said “EUBO is a perfect symbol of the power of
integration, a subtle and potent instrument of harmonisation between people and nations.”


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EUBO rehearsing with conductor David Reichenberg in 1985.