A Baby Boomer? Generation X? Millennial? Or Generation Z?

Whether you’re from the same social generation, from young children to great-grandparent-hood, Harrogate International Festival has something for everyone during its month-long Harrogate Music Festival.

2017’s celebratory theme is ‘Generations’.

Throughout July, there will be opportunities to sing, dance or simply immerse yourself in music from across the eras.

The European Union Chamber Orchestra celebrates the unifying power of music and its ability to cross time and space, from one generation to the next.

Whether you voted in or out, shake it all about with this remarkable orchestra, proving music crosses all divides, usurps party politics, and speaks to what makes us human. Under the direction of Hans-Peter Hofmann, EUCO will be joined by BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist Benjamin Goldscheider, in a programme that explores the music world’s most iconic musical generations – the dynasties of the Haydn and Mozart families.

Michael Haydn was the younger brother to the more famous Joseph. Like Michael, Leopold Mozart, the father of Amadeus, were both talented composers in their own right.

Benjamin Goldscheider said: “I’m really so excited to be coming to Harrogate and it’s been a fantastic couple of weeks learning the Michael Haydn as I didn’t know it beforehand!” Benjamin will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, as well as Michael Haydn’s Concertino for Horn in D major.

Brian O’Regan, Music Manager for Harrogate International Festivals, said: “It’s a really fascinating programme exploring these two great families who were heavily influenced by each other. This is music that lives on through the ages because it is so exceptional; if you haven’t experienced the power of a live orchestra before, it’s not to be missed.”

“It’s more valuable than ever to have music that reminds us of what it is to be human in a way that is very uniting. It connects us with this human experience. The beauty of something written 200 years ago stretches across the centuries and still reaches us inside; you feel a connection. That is an amazing thing.”


The European Union Chamber Orchestra with Benjamin Goldscheider: Royal Hall, Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm.

Pre-concert talk: 6.30pm

For more information or to book tickets please click here or call 01423 562303