A string quartet made up of young musicians from the European Union Youth Orchestra is taking part in a week-long series of concerts and masterclasses in Zambia, at the invitation of the European Union Delegation Office in Lusaka.


Sarah Sew, the EUYO's 2010-2011 Concert Master, Caroline Sharp (violin), Ian Anderson (viola) and Antonio Novais (cello), were selected to take part in the visit, the second official EUYO trip to Zambia. The visit has been organised by the EU delegation as part of efforts to promote cultural cooperation between the European Union and Zambia. Co-sponsors of the visit include British Airways, Southern Sun Hotel, Sun International and Standard Chartered bank.


The quartet will hold a masterclass on 3 September in cooperation with the American International School, followed by an evening recital. The quartet will travel the following day to Livingstone for performances at the Livingstone Hotel on 4 and 5 September. They will then return to Lusaka for a final performance at the Alliance Francaise, in conjunction with the Lusaka Music Society, on 7 September.


Masterclass at the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy, Lusaka


In a press release to announce the visit, the head of the EU delegation, Ambassador Derek Fee, said: "The European Union is a strong supporter of cultural co-operation between the EU and Zambia, as such cooperation helps to deepen and strengthen our existing partnership with Zambia. We are pleased that this highly-acclaimed group of musicians accepted our invitation to come to Zambia with the support of our corporate partners."


Ben Noakes, the EUYO's orchestra manager, is accompanying the quartet on the visit: "We are delighted to be providing a string quartet to visit Zambia as cultural Ambassadors for the EU, proving once again that music transcends all boundaries. The musicians are excited not only to be performing to a new audience, but also to be able to share their skills and expertise with the next generation of Zambian musicians."


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