Eurovision 2020 broadcasters AVROTROS, NPO and NOS announced that fans of the old-school Eurovision orchestra should get excited. The Netherlands is promising to bring a symphony orchestra to the Eurovision 2020 grand final for a special performance.
With the appointment of classical composer Eric van Tijn as the musical director, the Dutch Eurovision broadcasters already seemed to be hinting at something involving classical music.
It’s no surprise that AVROTROS loves combining Eurovision with classical music. In a specially Eurovision-themed broadcasted of Maestro — a show in which celebrities battle to be the best orchestral conductor — famous Dutch Eurovision tunes were given an orchestral makeover.
What will the orchestra at Eurovision 2020 look like?
AVROTROS, NPO and NOS aim to create a new symphony orchestra, made up of talented students and young professionals, for a special performance during the grand final of Eurovision 2020.
To find musicians for the orchestra, AVROTROS will be holding auditions in February. Every student who is at a third-year bachelor level or master level is allowed to participate, alongside recent graduates. More information can be found here.
Head of Show, Gerben Bakker told the broadcaster, “With these auditions, we want to give young Dutch musical talent the chance to present themselves in a unique way to the world. With a special performance by a large symphony orchestra, we aim to show what the Netherlands is capable of in this area, so we call all these young music professionals and students to apply to us.”
The orchestra returns to Eurovision
Between 1956 and 1999, the orchestra was one of the prime characteristics of Eurovision. However, just before the turn of the century, the EBU decided to say farewell to the live instruments as well as the national language rule.
Competing artists are no longer allowed to use live instruments and must perform to a backing track. Musical instruments can only be used as silent stage props.
Since the end of the orchestra, more traditionally-orientated Eurovision fans have been calling for the return of the live instrumentation. In 2015, when the contest was held in classic music capital Vienna, we saw a glimpse of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the opening of the grand final.
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