EUROPEAN YOUTH MUSIC REFUGEE CHOIRS
In 2018, the pilot project of European Youth Music Refugee Choirs was a great success. Similar to EYMW, this endeavour reflected the same ethos of international friendship through high quality music making.
To kick start the Refugee Choirs, groups of refugees from Bristol, Birmingham and Leicester rehearsed in their cities before joining a larger group of young refugees and asylum-seekers now living in England.
We took the group and host choir members to the EYMW residential course. This took place in Oakham School (near Leicester) and culminated in a performance at Leicester Cathedral including a newly commissioned work with the EYMW Orchestra.
The pilot project was targeted at refugees and asylum seekers aged between 16 and 30 from all over England. This continues to be replicated across the country, creating a network of choirs that will regularly come together to perform as a national youth choir.
This was recreated in Ede in the Netherlands in 2019, working with refugees based in Germany.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters who have helped us to reach this point. The project was funded in a way the ensure all choir participants could attend with no cost to themselves, supported by a small team of volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure participants made their way safely to the course.
We will be providing updates on Twitter @EYMRefugeeChoir and Facebook @EuropeanYouthMusic.