The European mandolin and guitar orchestra ‘Il Forum musicale’ was created by the Ensemble à plectre municipal d’Esch-sur-Alzette as part of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022.
This original project is unique in Europe. Based in Esch-Alzette, the European orchestra is a tremendous asset to the city’s inhabitants.’Il Forum Musicale’ is an orchestra made up of around 40 European instrumentalists, which is aimed at professional musicians, students, pupils and enlightened amateurs from music schools and conservatories from all over Europe, who wish to perfect their instrument and even more so in the field of mandolin and guitar ensembles. The orchestra is particularly aimed at young musicians in order to offer them a unique experience and to support the training of future professional artists. For the first year, we have chosen the charismatic and very experienced Spanish conductor Pedro Chamorro. In addition, there will be four teachers for each of the orchestra’s sections.
In the course of 2022, three phases of work with concerts are planned: from 1st to 3rd of April 2022, from 3rd to 5th of June 2022 and from 28th to 30th of October 2022. ‘Il Forum Musical’ illustrates the diversity of musical creation for plucked strings in Europe, in order to offer a space for cultural exchange, discussion and cooperation in the field of music, while consolidating the links between the different European countries and their regions for a better knowledge of the common cultural heritage.
The European mandolin and guitar orchestra is a long-term project that will continue to live well beyond 2022 in order to pursue its calling and intensify in future years.