At the 2013 WFAO General Assembly in Shizuoka, Tommaso Napoli of AIMA and ContrArco in Italy, accepted to organize – for the first time in Europe – a WFAO Amateur Orchestra Festival, to be held in Milan at the occasion of the 2015 World Expo. WFAO and AIMA found willing partners in the prestigious MiTo Settembre Musica Festival and the Conservatorio di Musica “G. Verdi,” who offered their full support to promote WFAO’s festival.
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.