In 2014, WFAO is making an extra effort to support the rising orchestra society in Kathmandu and Nepal. The 19th of April, the local orchestras Crescendo International Orchestra, Annapurna Chamber Orchestra and Nepal Police School of Music will join forces with musicians from Italy, Belgium, Japan, India, China, Germany and Korea to make a wonderful orchestra project. The orchestras will be conducted by Joe Yamaji and Alex Van Beveren. Kathmandu’s local force to arrange this project is Bidur Sharma Gautam.
The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras are planning a major event during the Milan EXPO 2015. From the 17th to the 22nd of September 2015 there will be arranged a World Amateur Orchestra, with youth and amateur orchestra musicians from all over the world. The local partners are the Italian Amateur Music Association (AIMA) and Festival MITO SettembreMusica. Representatives from WFAO, Alex van Beveren, Tommaso Napoli (also president of AIMA) and Daniel Kellerhals (president of EOFed) have been in talks with MITO, and the details of the project are being worked out at this time. Later, we will announce more information about the orchestra and how to participate.
From February 23rd to March 1st there will be a music course in Alden Biesen, Belgium, where young musicians get the opportunity to make music together in an orchestral and chamber musical setting. It is for music students between the age of 16 and 20, and the young musicians will be coached by some of Belgiums finest orchestral players. The accomodation and course area is the late medieval castle of Alden Biesen.
More information about the course and registration can be found on their homesite: http://www.alden-biesen.be/EMC/index.htm