Music Programme 2019
When they are together, they talk Danish, German and English, but their lingua franca is music. FolkBALTICA Ensemble is a gathering of around 50 young musicians from southern Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. The orchestra was founded at the annual folkBALTICA Festival, which takes place in mid-May. FolkBALTICA Ensemble is this festival’s youth orchestra, straddling both geografical and musical borders for traditional and contemporary folk music. The Danish violinist Harald Haugaard, artistic director at the folkBALTICA Festival, leads the ensemble, with the aim of developing young talent and preserving and innovating the folk music traditions in the borderlands. Tønder Festival offers active support to the new talents and the grass roots feeding the folk music scene, and part of that tradition is FolkBALTICA Ensemble’s performances at Tønder Festival, both their own concert and the massively popular concert for schoolchildren from both sides of the German-Danish border. Once again this year, Tønder Festival’s audiences can thrill to music from this exciting youth orchestra.