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World Youth Choir Press Release

By The Foundation World Youth Choir on the 18 Apr 2014

Dear partners, singers, conductors, supporters of the World Youth Choir, dear friends,

It is our unpleasant duty to inform you that the 2014 summer session of the World Youth Choir has been cancelled by our partners in Croatia due to unforeseen, last moment financial difficulties.

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECAEC) and the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) as World Youth Choir patrons, and their partners in Croatia have fully explored all possibilities to support the session. Unfortunately, all efforts have failed due to the difficult economic situation and public deficits that have massively touched subsidies for culture in the region and across Europe.

We wish to thank all recruitment partners, selected conductors, all 2014 applicants and current World Youth Choir singers in advance, for their efforts and understanding – we are aware of the fact that time, energy and money has been invested to prepare participation in this session which now has to be cancelled, and we apologize for this inconvenience! We thank the team of the Jeunesses Musicales Croatia as well as several local authorities supporting the Choir's intention to visit their communities while touring the country.

The cancellation of the 2014 session does certainly affect the future planning and most probably relationships with our partners. We are deeply sorry for that. Seeing the challenges encountered over the past years, we would like to reconfirm the commitment of the World Youth Choir Board in the full reorganization, adapting and refining the choir to current trends, opportunities and market needs as well as the commitment in the long-term planning, preserving the consistency and continuity of all World Youth Choir programs.

In the coming months, the World Youth Choir Foundation will offer comprehensive updates to its partners, the singers and the public about further steps that will safeguard the continuation of the World Youth Choir.

Thank you for your understating and willingness to cooperate with us in the future.

Sincerely,

The Foundation World Youth Choir

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