Below you will find the newsletter of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat June 2013 with information on our 2013 General Assembly, issue 2/2013 of ECmagazine and different activities in Bonn, as well as news from the VOICE project, from our Youth Committee and from Pécs. In addition we have included important statements of the European Music Council and Culture Action Europe on the effects on Music and Culture of what is happening in Greece and Turkey at the moment, as well as a reminder of the 1001 Voices video campaign of the International Music Council.

In addition please note:
Office partly closed during the 2nd week of July
During of the festival Youth Choirs in Movement, July 10th to 13th 2013 our complete office staff will be helping in the organisation of the festival and we may therefore be out of office more than usual, also taking more time to answer messages which have nothing to do with the festival. We will fully be back in the office from July 15th.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.

With best regards

Sonja Greiner
Secretary General
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

Traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier

01 General Assembly 2013 - invitation
02 Mediterranean Voices - new deadline
03 ECmagazine 2/2013 online
04 Musical Project in Bonn
05 News from our Youth Committee
06 News from VOICE - festival in Bonn
08 Croatia Joining the EU
09 EMC Statement on ERT in Greece
10 EMC Statement on trade agreement
11 IMC: 1001 Voices on Musical Futures
12 CAE Statement on EU Culture Budget
13 CAE Statement on stituation in Turkey

General Assembly 2013 - invitation

We have placed the official invitation to our General Assembly 2013 in Pécs, November 8th to 10th 2013, as it will also be printed in ECmagazine 2/2013 (see below) in the members-only section of our Website >> here. You can also directly download it >> here. The invitation also contains the official Agenda for the actual General Assembly and the schedule for the weekend including the VOICE conference dedicated to the subject of cooperation. The detailed schedule with the names of speakers etc. will be published in autumn 2013.

Please use the online application form >> here if possible (after July 15th 2013!)

REMINDER: please also take notes of the dates for the General Assembly 2014 which will take place in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain from November 21 to 23 2014, hosted by the Moviment Coral Català and in the frame of the project VOICE – Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe.   

Mediterranean Voices - new deadline

The conference “Voices of the Mediterranean” in Girona (Catalonia, Spain), 29/7 – 1/8/2013, has set a new deadline. Applications should be sent by 30/6/2013. Further information and the detailed programme of the conference can be found by the end of April >> here

ECmagazine 2/2013 online

The next edition of our magazine, ECmagazine 2/2013 is at the printers and will soon be mailed to our members. The Guest Editors for this summer issue dedicated to Singing and New Technologies are the members of our new Youth Committee.

As earlier summer editions, this issue of our magazine can fully be downloaded >> here on our website, also by non-members, and you are free to distribute the PDF to your singers, friends and colleagues!

Musical Project in Bonn

Musical Project with Panda van Proosdij and Frans de Berg in Bonn

They had never been on a stage before, had never sung in a choir - so the pupils from the Karl-Simrock school in Bonn could not imagine that they could learn excerpts from a musical in a few days and present them to the public. During four days they studied English texts, singing and movements with Panda van Proosdij (choreography) and Frans de Berg (piano), they did concentration excercises and repeated the complete performance again and again. The charismatic choreographer regularly managed to surprise the group and fill them with new energy, so that all pupils participated enthusiastically in the end.

"The project is meant to move us and strengthen the group feeling in our class" wrote one of the pupils in a press release she produced as a result of a media-course accompanying the project. In order to reach this aim, the class and its two wonderful teachers spent a week in a youth academy near Bonn (Jugendakademie Walberberg). Between rehearsals and working groups dealing with films, pictures and stage decorations they also had enough free time, necessary for a good group feeling.

On Friday June 2nd the great moment had arrived. A concert took place in the Clara-Schumann-Gymnasium in Bonn, with the results of the musical workshop and the presentation of school choirs from a school in Hennef near Bonn. The room was filled with 2 classes from the Karl-Simrock school as well as families, friends and external visitors who enjoyed watching the performance and the happy faces of the pupils. We quickly heard from all sides that this project initiated by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat should soon be continued!

For pictures from the project and the concert see Picasa album >> here

News from our Youth Committee

Youth Committee present at EuroChoir 2013

The 2013 
Eurochoir in Pécs, Hungary is coming up and has received great response from all over Europe (see below). In addition to the singers several members of the ECA-EC Youth Committee (Jesse Boere, Flannery Ryan, Iva Radulovic and of course our local member Emi Farago) will be meeting in Pécs.

The Youth Committee is very much looking forward to meeting singers from all over Europe and hopes to be inspired by their experience, expertise and stories about great local projects and thus to be getting some input on a variety of projects. The Youth Committee is currently working on setting up a European Youth Network of young singers, composers, conductors and choral managers. We're expecting to get great input at EuroChoir 2013 and and establish long lasting relationships.

Apart from the interaction with the singers the Youth Committee will also have the chance to explore Pécs two years prior to its hosting of the EUROPA CANTAT Festival, meet the team already working on the festival as well as record some first advertising material for Eurochoir, the festival, ECA-EC and the Youth Committee itself.


News from VOICE - festival in Bonn

Youth Choirs in Movement in Bonn,
July 10 - 14 2013

The next VOICE activity coming up is the International children's and youth choir festival "Youth Choirs in Movement in Bonn" which will take place in Bonn, Germany, July 10th to 14th 2013. The festival wishes to promote singing among children and young people, to convey the joy of singing and to use choral music to establish international contacts between young people. 900 children and young people from 9 different countries will discover new music together, listen to each other, delight the audience with music from their home countries and prove that children’s and youth choirs can make music on the highest level. The festival is organised by the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat in the frame of the project VOICE - Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe (see www.thevoiceproject.eu). Several other partners in VOICE are involved in the festival and have sent interns (Hungary), choirs for participation (Catalonia, Spain and Italy) or Atelier conductors (Italy).

You can download the festival postcard with an overview on all concerts, the poster or the full programme booklet with details.


Being part of a programme of choral activities leading up to the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Pécs in 2015 the 2013 edition of EuroChoir   seemed to be very popular to young singers all over Europe.

There were more than 80 applications from 19 countries to the  appealing music programme offered by conductors Alessandro Cadario (Italy) and Tamás Lakner (Pécs). The singers are looking forward very much to this exciting week in the festival city, to be concluded by the closing concert in the magnificent Kodály Centre.  During the concluding evening the organisers intend to create the biggest choir that ever sang in the Kodály Concert Hall, with the help of singers from Pécs and the surrounding region. 

More on the 2013 EuroChoir session in Pécs on www.ecpecs2015.hu

Croatia Joining the EU

Croatia will be the 28th member country of the European Union, joining the EU on July 1st 2013. Even though the EU is currently  in a difficult situation and not only viewed positively among the citizens in the member countries, this new accession will mean a further cultural enrichment.

Choirs or organisations who wish to strengthen their links to choral life in Croatia now can contact one of our member organisation in this country:
Music Department of the Croatian Cultural Association, glazba@hrsk.hu, www.hrsk.hr or Croatian Choral Directors Association: info@choralcroatia.com, www.choralcroatia.com

The City of Pécs as host of the 2015 EUROPA CANTAT festival is looking forward to a strong musical cooperation with its Southern neighbour, including Croatian music in the programme of the festival,and welcoming the country to the EU with a concert on June 30th.

EMC Statement on ERT in Greece

The European Music Council condemns the closing of the Greek public broadcasting - including the three Music Ensembles of the Greek Radio Television (ERT)

The European Music Council (EMC), supports EBU (European Broadcasting Union) President Philippot’s letter to the Greek Prime Minister, Antonio Samaras, in which he states:
“The existence of public service media and their independence from Government lie at the heart of democratic societies, and therefore any far-reaching changes to the public media system should only be decided after an open and inclusive democratic debate in Parliament – and not through a simple agreement between two Government Ministers.”
The closing down of ERT public broadcasting also affects the ERT music ensembles, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Choir.

Find the full Statement of the European Music Council >> here.

EMC Statement on trade agreement

The European Music Council also published a Statement on the EU/USA free trade agreement:

European Music Council applauds the decision to exclude the audio-visual and cultural services from the US/EU free trade negotiations

The European Music Council (EMC) is a member of the platform on the potential of Cultural and Creative Industries which published a statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) sent to the European Commission and European Parliament ahead of the consultations on the negotiation mandate. This statement was signed and supported by the EMC.
Quotes from the statement:
“[the platform] feels strongly that cultural and audiovisual services should be explicitly excluded from the European Commission’s negotiating mandate, following the ‘negative list’ approach. Such exclusion would be in line with the Lisbon Treaty’s (Article 167, paragraph 4) requirement that the EU take culture into account in its action to foster intercultural respect and promote diversity. It would be in line with previous trade agreements the EU negotiated with third countries.
The EU is also bound by the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, which is now part of European Law. On the other hand, this Convention has not been ratified by the US. The Convention allows the EU and its member states to design cultural policies which contribute to the development of vibrant and diverse cultural and creative sectors in the EU.“ 

Find the full Statement of the European Music Council >> here.

IMC: 1001 Voices on Musical Futures

REMINDER: 1001 Voices on Musical Futures:
Call for Videos of the International Music Council
for the 5th World Forum on Music

While over a thousand music professionals are expected to gather in Brisbane from 21-24 November for the 5th IMC World Forum on Music, we know that many others won't be able to join us for a variety of reasons. To ensure that their ideas and opinions can feed into this important event, a dedicated YouTube channel has been created. Between now and November 2013, we hope to post '1001 Voices on Musical Futures', where, in no more than five minutes, interviewees summarise the key issues they identify as crucial to sustaining music and engaging communities as we approach 2020 and beyond. The first recordings are now live at http://www.youtube.com/user/1001voicesWFM5 

Member organisations of the International Music Council, their affiliates (including members of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat) across the world as well as other participants in WFM5 are now invited to identify and interview individuals across the globe with interesting views on the challenges and potential to music sustainability in their specific culture or area of activity, whether it be local or global. This may relate to creation, performance, community engagement, instrument making, archiving, copyright, censorship, event management, music criticism, audiences, funding, or any other area touching the lives of those passionately or professionally engaged in music.

Further details and instructions on how to submit your video in five easy steps can be found >> here

CAE Statement on EU Culture Budget

Culture Action Europe calls on actors involved in the Trilogue to reduce costs for administration and re-allocate the savings to programmes and policies, with Creative Europe as priority   Statement 5 June 2013  

In the framework of budgetary reductions proposed by the Council on 8 February and their application to the Heading 3 budget (Citizenship, Justice, Culture, Health, Security and more), outsourced agencies and other costs for administration amount to more than 3.67 billion Euro and represent more than 23% of the total amount dedicated to that heading. In comparison to most policy funding, these costs for administration are proportionally less affected by the EC adjustments, after the Council’s decision.
In times of austerity and transition, the EU must do more, better and with less money. Therefore, priority should be given to policy objectives, programmes and project investments. This is especially true in the fields providing great added value for European citizens, as the cultural arena - innovation, arts, education, citizenship - most clearly does.
Culture Action Europe therefore call on policy makers engaged in the Trilogue impacting the multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020 to do all that is necessary to reduce the costs for administration and re-allocate the savings to programmes and policies, with Creative Europe as priority.
Download the full statement as pdf here.

CAE Statement on stituation in Turkey

Culture Action Europe also published a statement on the situation in Turkey

Culture Action Europe calls on Turkish government to fully respect the right to freedom of expression and to immediately cease the use of excessive police force towards civilians

Culture Action Europe* expresses its extreme concern for the situation unfolding in Turkey.
Democracy is not just an exercise in the right to vote. It also implies that debates can be generated inside societies without the State responding with violence that triggers a negative spiral of public anger. The use of disproportionate violence by the police violates the right to demonstrate peacefully and a threat to the freedom of expression in Turkey.
Gezi park symbolizes the vital importance of public spaces in a democracy, not just in Turkey, but throughout Europe. Turkish youth, intellectuals, NGO's and artistic communities have coalesced in defense of a shared public space and of the freedom to access it, and this represents a vital asset for the future of Turkish democracy.
Culture Action Europe calls on the Turkish government to listen to the demands of the citizens, especially when they claim respect for their individual and collective freedoms, and in particular their right to speak and express themselves freely and to promote shared public spaces for social life.

Find the full Statement of Culture Action Europe >> here.

The European Choral Association is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn
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