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Conference "CROSS THE LINE" | General Assembly 2016

11 to 13 November 2016 | Utrecht | The Netherlands

organised in collaboration with ZIMIHC

"Cross the line is an encouragement. An encouragement to connect, to try new things and to look forward and next to you".
We invite the whole choral community (members and non-members), as well as other artists and cultural operators interested in working with the human voice to gather in Utrecht for an exciting programme.


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Friday, 11/11/2016

Membership Day (only for members of ECA-EC)
9.30 – 12.30: Asking members to think about the use and necessity of the association, how they would build it if they had to start from scratch, how the main activities should be developed and which new activities should be created. 

13.30 – 15:30: Project Presentations from members (open to non-members)



17.30: Opening of the Conference “Cross the Line” - keynote speech "Cross the line and leave a trail" by Nicolas Mansfield

19.00: Dinner with musical presentation and time for informal talks

Saturday, 12/11/2016

09.30 – 12.30: General Assembly of ECA-EC (only for members of ECA-EC) 

It started with a Turkish touch on the notes of "Utrecht Kasap Havasi", and evolved around different issues, like the new project "Sing me In" and the upcoming events, including: Europa Cantat junior, a festival with a focus on children´s and youth choirs that will take place in Lyon (FR) next summer and the EUROPA CANTAT XX Festival in Tallinn (EE) in 2018. 

In parallel 10:30 – 12.30: “Introducing ECA-EC and Dutch Choral Strategy” (for Dutch non-members)

13.30 – 17.45: Conference “Cross the Line” – part 2.

Frist round of three parallel sessions:

  • "Social, Youth or Sport, what can we learn from working together?"  Moderated by Kaat Peeters, with Appie Alferink (ZIMIHC) and Anthony Heidweiller (Operamakers)


Second round of three parallel sessions:

  • "Tips and tricks on cooperation" with Gijjs van Bilsen
  • "How do they see us?"  Moderated by Kaat Peeters, with the participation of Gerard Lohuis (Trans Europe Halles), Sanne Scholten (LKCA) and Bart van Meijl (KNMO).


20:00 Concert in Tivoli Vredenburg of the Netherlands Chamber Choir (NKK), conducted by Peter Dijkstra,together with the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet: World Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “72 Angels”