The Triorca Project

The Triorca Project


Triorca is an innovative musical project initiated in Norfolk which began by bringing together partners from Britain, Germany and Serbia in the creation of a vibrant - and now well established - international youth orchestra.

Triorca began as a high-quality orchestra of talented musicians, aged from 16 to 25, from three diverse European city-regions - Norwich & Norfolk, Koblenz & Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany and Novi Sad & Vojvodina in Serbia. Over 200 talented young musicians from Norfolk, Germany and Serbia have been involved in the project, coming together to attend residential courses and give concerts in each country, sharing their experiences and different cultural backgrounds. They have learnt together and from each other, using the international language of music.

The project is built around the long-standing twinning relationships of Norfolk and Norwich with Novi Sad and Koblenz and originally came about following the County Youth Orchestra’s highly successful trip to Novi Sad in August 2010. Norfolk young musicians performed in a joint concert with students from the Isidor Bajic Music School and the experience was enjoyed so much by both students and staff that they decided to find ways of strengthening their relationship and working even more closely together.

An EU application commissioned by the then Norfollk Music Service resulted in a grant of 200,000 Euros from the EU Cultural Programme (2007-2013) through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels and was launched in Norfolk on 1st July 2011.

Since then, the orchestra has toured all three city-regions, and to major international venues beyond, and included some of the most talented young musicians from other European countries. 


Triorca would like to thank the following, whose donations have kept Triorca thriving: 

  • The British-Serbian Benevolent Trust
  • The Anguish Trust
  • John Jarrold Trust
  • Caroline Chivers
  • Paul Bassham Charitable Trust
  • The Lady Hind Trust
  • Geoffrey Watling
  • Alderman Norman
  • Norfolk Music Hub

The project aims were to:

  1. to help normalise and enrich cultural relations between talented young composers and musicians from the most culturally-liberal province (Voljvodina) of an EU Candidate Country (Serbia), and similarly-talented young artists from two geo-socio-economically similar EU regions (East Anglia in the UK and Rheinland-Pfalz,in Germany)
  2. to develop the intensity, accuracy and passion of young artists by exposure to the challenging specialist conservatoire training and playing regimes in both Germany and (particularly) Serbia
  3. to strengthen long-term Anglo-German young cultural links, well beyond those reflected at present via local government and city-twinning connections.


Triorca has resulted in new works commissioned from young composers in each of the three countries. To prepare their performances, the orchestra’s young musicians attended residential rehearsal and training programmes in each of the three partner countries where they developed orchestral musicianship and gained experience in chamber groups, composition and jazz improvisation.

Training has always been given by inspiring young professional musicians working alongside experienced tutors and conductors based in established musical institutions. They bring culturally distinct approaches to developing professional ensemble playing and performance. Triorca’s Artistic Director is the international virtuoso, Nicholas Daniel, Principal Oboe and Associate Artistic Director of the Britten Sinfonia, who conducted the orchestra’s very first concerts, and has continued to do so ever since.

In addition to producing music-making of the highest quality from its performers, TRIORCA also aims help to develop the creativity of the composers involved, especially those in Serbia who have for many years lacked wider audiences. Longer term the project has encouraged professional playing, training and career aspirations. It also of course helps cement long-standing political, professional and personal relationships between all the partners.

Project Leaders

Director Triorca Project - Juliet Rickard, England

Juliet took up the Oboe in secondary school and went on to play in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music under Lady Barbirolli, Michael Dobson and George Caird. Juliet has performed extensively in London and played Oboe/CorAnglais in The Bedford Sinfonia under Michael Rose OBE as well as other regional orchestras in Buckinghamshire, Bedford and Norfolk.

Juliet is a committed teacher and a founder member of the British Double Reed Society, with several of her pupils now playing professionally. She is presently Assistant Head of Norfolk Music Service and director of the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra. Juliet is passionate about developing opportunities for young artists to play together. Triorca was inspired by working with musicians from very different backgrounds and seeing how mutual respect, a love of orchestral playing and the optimism of youth can be such an enriching experience for all involved.

Serbia - Radmila Rakin-Martinovic, Principal, Isidor Bajic Music School, Novi Sad

Radmila Rakin-Martinovic graduated from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in 1984, and obtained her MA in Flute at the same institution in 1987, with Professor Marijan Egic. Her performance was perfected with Bruno Cavallo. As one of the best students, she participated in numerous competitions and won many awards and prizes, including a total of 16 first prizes. She performed as a soloist and chamber musician (in Duo and with Flute Trio Density). She took part in the most significant music events in former Yugoslavia and performed as a soloist with a great number of orchestras. She has made recordings for numerous radio and TV stations and recorded a CD produced by "EOS" from Graz (Austria).

She began teaching during the second year of her university studies, in 1981, when she became a flute teacher with the Isidor Bajic Music School in Novi Sad. She is a member of all national flute juries, as well as a member of the international jury at the Petar Konjovic Competition in Belgrade. She has worked as a professor at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts in Flute Teaching Methods and Wind Instrument Teaching Methods since October 1999. From 2001 until 2005, she also taught at the Cetinje Academy of Music, Montenegro. For the subjects she teaches, Radmila has the title of Associate Professor.

Radmila has been the Principal of the Isidor Bajic Music School in Novi Sad since 1996. Excellent results of the School at every relevant competition (the best music school in Serbia five times in a sequence) were accompanied by the celebration of three jubilees: 130th anniversary of Isidor Bajic's birthday and 90th and 100thanniversaries of founding of the School. Radmila was the executive producer of two CDs published by the School in cooperation with Radio Novi Sad. In 1999, Isidor Bajic Music School was awarded the most prestigious award in the area of culture and art, the "Vuk Award", as well as the international award for the best image in 2004 New Millennium Award – International Award for the Best Trade Name (Madrid, Spain).

Vojvodina Cultural and Educational Association has awarded her with "Cultural Spark Award" for the year 1999. She was awarded the Global Quality Management Golden Badge for the best manager in 2004 (Madrid, Spain). In 2004, she won the Annual Award by the Music and Ballet Schools Association in Serbia and Novi Sad City Assembly awarded her the "Novembarska povelja Grada Novog Sada” in 2005, for outstanding results. In January 2006, she was awarded "Svetosavska nagrada" by the Ministry of Education and Sport of Serbia. She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the “Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial” and “Anton Eberst Clarinet & Flute Competition”.



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