Europa Cantat newsletter December 2007

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the framework of the official agreements with its local partners (City, News from the European Music Council (EMC) and the International Music

     Europäische Föderation Junger Chöre e.V. - EFJC

     European Federation of Young Choirs - EFYC

     Fédération Européenne des Jeunes Chorales - FEJC

     Generalsekretariat • Haus der Kultur, Weberstraße 59a • D-53113 Bonn • Germany T: +49 228 9125663 • F: 9125658 • •

    Europa Cantat newsletter December 2007

    Including news from the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)

    the European and International Music Council (EMC / IMC)

    CultureAction Europe - the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) and Musica International

CONTENTS Contenu Inhalt EC Website don‟t forget to regularly check our (In Word you can go directly to each news item Ecwebsite for news: by clicking on “ctrl” and the corresponding title) Festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht Europa Cantat General News 17 26/7/2009 newsletter / new brochure - Office closed for holidays There is a new festival brochure in three languages: - Festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII in Utrecht English, French, German, containing general - General Assembly 2007 and conference - Europa Cantat in Bonn information about the festival. You can receive this - Sonja Greiner elected to Board of IMC folder to distribute among your choir members, at - Happy Birthday IFCM festivals, your school or anywhere else. Order it for free - Europa Cantat Music Consultants 2007 2009 on On the - Andrew Fairbairn - Obituary website you can also - Petr Eben - Obituary - Register for the electronic newsletter - New Rules for Let the Peoples Sing - Who is Who in Choral Music - Watch a short promotion film Europa Cantat Activities / Activités / Aktivitäten - read first information about the musical programme - World Youth Choir winter session 07/08 Visitez le site web du festival EUROPA CANTAT XVII à - “Choirs in Movement” in Bonn, June 2008 Utrecht sous et commandez une brochure ou - European Academy for Young Conductors 08 un newsletter ou bien regardé le film de promotion. - Kurt Thomas Cursus 2008 Publications / Veröffentlichungen Besuchen Sie die Website des Festivals EUROPA CANTAT - ECmagazine XVII in Utrecht auf und bestellen Sie den News from our members neuen Prospekt oder den elektronischen Newsletter oder Calendar of Europa Cantat Activities 2008 schauen Sie sich den kurzen Werbefilm an. Statutory Meetings / réunions / Sitzungen General Assembly 2007 and Conference in Utrecht News from our partner-organisations Over 100 members from all over Europe, from Portugal News from Musica International to Ukraine and Finland to Bosnia, including large News from IFCM News from EMC and IMC delegations from Italy and Norway attended our thNews from CultureAction Europe (EFAH) General Assembly 2007 in Utrecht on November 17 News from the European Union 2007, discovering the charming city in the heart of the Netherlands which will host our EUROPA CANTAT Festival in July 2009. The General Assembly was General News connected to a conference on “Choral Music today ... informations générales / allgemeine Nachrichten and tomorrow” with a panel discussion and several interesting workshops which were also attended by a Office closed for holidays number of Dutch conductors and singers. The Our office will be closed from 22/12/07 to Management Team of the Festival EUROPA CANTAT 8/1/08. Looking back on a year full of XVII and the Europa Cantat Board had prepared an musical activities we wish all our members interesting programme including a number of and friends a peaceful and joyful New Year! impressive performances by different Dutch choirs. We hope to see you at one of our many You will find the programme of the conference and activities next year. further documents on -> current Notre bureau sera fermé du 22 décembre 07 au 8 janvier 08. projects -> conferences. Members will find the Unser Büro ist vom 22.12.07 bis 8.1.08 geschlossen. documents of the General Assembly (to which the minutes will soon be added) on -> membership -< members‟ login.

     Europa Cantat is supported by the European Union, the German Ministry for Youth and the city of Bonn Mitglied in / Member of / Membre de: International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) • European Music Council - U.N.E.S.C.O. (EMC) CultureAction Europe - European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (EFAH) • Musica International

L’Assemblée Générale et la conférence d’Europa Cantat en Happy Birthday IFCM novembre 2007 à Utrecht, la ville hôte de notre prochain thOn October 27 2007 the International Federation for festival en 2009, ont eu beaucoup de succès. Vous trouverez thle programme (trilingue) et d’autres documents sur notre site Choral Music IFCM celebrated its 25 anniversary in web suivre les liens indiqués en haut. the frame of the International bi-annual choir festival Die Generalversammlung und Konferenz von Europa Cantat “Namur en Choeurs” organised by the Association im November 2007 in Utrecht, der Gastgeberstadt für unser Europa Cantat Namur. The celebration took place in the nächstes Festival 2009, war sehr erfolgreich. Das very city in which IFCM was founded in 1982 in the (dreisprachige) Programm sowie weitere Dokumente sind auf frame of the festival EUROPA CANTAT VIII and unserer Homepage zu finde (folgen Sie oben angegebenen President Lupwishi Mbuyamba and the Board and staff Links). of IFCM were delighted to welcome past Presidents Paul Wehrle and Royce Saltzman as well as the Europa Cantat in Bonn: widows of Claude Tagger and Eskil Hemberg at the Voces Nordicae with Lone Larsen and Netherlands occasion of this celebration. They also welcomed the Children‟s Choir at Endenicher Herbst representatives of many national and international Europa Cantat organised a successful concert and choral organisations, members of IFCM, who attended workshop with the Swedish choir Voces Nordicae and the birthday celebration which included a Gala concert Lone Larsen on October 31st and November 1st 2007 in the theatre of Namur, featuring the Belgium group in Bonn and invited the Netherlands Children's Choir to Witloof Bay followed by the Real Group from Sweden. Bonn on November 10th 2007 in the frame of the Europa Cantat as one of the seven founding members Schumannfestival Endenicher Herbst. Pictures and was represented by its President, the two Vice-Press reports can be found on presidents, as well as a Board member and its > current projects -> in Bonn Secretary General and Jeroen Schrijner delivered a Europa Cantat a invité le group suédois Voces Nordicae dirigé birthday message on behalf of the federation. Europa par Lone Larsen et le Netherlands Children’s Choir (choeur Cantat wishes the President, Board, staff and national des enfants des Pays-Bas) dirigé par Wilma ten membership of IFCM, all the very best for the future Wolde en novembre 2007 pour des concerts et ateliers dans le Happy Anniversary! cadre du festival Schumann Endenicher Herbst. Le 27 octobre 2007 la Fédération Internationale pour la Europa Cantat hat im Rahmen des 10. Bonner Musique Chorale FIMC a célébré son 25ème anniversaire Schumannfestivals Endenicher Herbst den schwedischen dans le cadre du festival choral international bi-annuel Chor Voces Nordicae unter der Leitung von Lone Larsen ?Namur en Choeurs? organisé par l’ASBL Europa Cantat sowie den Niederländischen nationalen Kinderchor unter der Namur. Europa Cantat souhaite au président, au comité et au Leitung von Wilma ten Wolde nach Bonn eingeladen. personnel de la FIMC tout le bien possible pour le futur Presseberichte und Bilder finden Sie auf unserer Website. Bon anniversaire ! Am 27.10.2007 feierte die Internationale Förderation für Sonja Greiner elected member of the Executive Chormusik, IFCM, ihr 25-jähriges Jubiläum im Rahmen des Board of the International Music Council (UNESCO) alle zwei Jahre stattfindenden Chorfestivals „Namur en Choeurs“, organisiert von dem Verband Europa Cantat On October 16th 2007 Secretary General Sonja Greiner Namur. Europa Cantat wünscht dem Präsidenten, dem was elected into the Executive Board of the Vorstand, den Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern und den International Music Council, the world umbrella Mitgliedern der IFCM alles erdenklich Gute für die Zukunft organisation for music. The election took place at the bi-Herzlichen Glückwunsch! ndannual General Assembly connected to the 2 World Forum on Music in Beijing, China, where participants Europa Cantat Music Consultants 2007 2009 discussed hot topics relevant to the complete music Europa Cantat has nominated a group of music world, such as the increasing digitalisation and its consultants who will support the Board and Music consequences for authors‟, performers‟ and recording Commission until 2009. The consultants chosen are rights or the UNESCO Convention for the Protection former Board members and former members of the and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions Europa Cantat Music Commission, musicians in and its effects on the Music World. Sonja Greiner, who countries in which Europa Cantat has no member has been active for some years already as Treasurer of organisations, yet, and experts in the fields in which the European Music Council, is now aiming to work in Europa Cantat would like to intensify its work in future. the international Board together with her colleagues A big thank you for their support to: from Australia, Austria, Brazil, the Democratic Republic Pinar Alpay (TR), Kurt Bikkembergs (BE), Javier Busto of Congo, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Lebanon, (ES), Pierre Calmelet (FR), Tomaž Faganel (SI), Sotir Paraguay, the Philippines and the USA on Golabovski (MK), Laura Hassler (NL), Tigran Hekekyan strengthening the network of the International Music (AM), Volker Hempfling (DE), Thorgerdur Ingólfsdóttir Council, intensifying the exchange of expertise and (IS), Jens Johansen (DK), Hansruedi Kämpfen (CH), information and improving the relations between the Milan Kolena (SK), Christoph Kühlewein (DE), different regions of the world in the coming six years. Eugeniusz Kus (PL), Erwin List (FR), Gunta Malevica (For more information on the International Music (LV), Vytautas Miškinis (LT), Noël Minet (BE), Donka Council see below, page 7) Miteva (DE), Vic Nees (BE), Pierre Nimax (LU), Sonja Greiner Secrétaire Générale d’Europa Cantat / Margaret O‟Sullivan (IE), Theodora Pavlovitch (BG), Fédération Européenne des Jeunes Chorales a été élue au Voicu Popescu (RO), Galina Potopyak (RU), Josep Comité Exécutif du Conseil International de la Musique, la Prats (ES), Úgis Praulins (LV), Johannes Prinz (AT), confédération mondiale pour la musique. (Un texte plus Dolf Rabus (DE), Gudrun Schröfel (DE), Maya Shavit détaillé sera publié dans ECmagazine 4/07) (IL), Christopher Simmons (UK), Maris Sirmais (LV), Am 16. Oktober 2007 wurde Generalsekretärin Sonja Greiner Ants Soots (EE), Dimitrije Stefanovic (CS), Dan-Olof in den Vorstand des Internationalen Musikrates gewählt, der Stenlund (SE), Erik van Nevel (BE). Weltdachorganisation für Musik. (Ein ausführlicherer Text wird Europa Cantat a nommé un groupe de musiciens qui aideront in ECmagazine 4/07 abgedruckt) comme conseillers le Comité Directeur et la Commission Musicale jusqu’en 2009. Les conseillers choisis sont des anciens membres du Comité Directeur ou de la

Commission Musicale d’Europa Cantat, des musiciens de including ballet music and songs but was most well-pays dans lesquels Europa Cantat ne compte pas encore known for his compositions for choirs and for organ, d’organisation membre et des experts dans les domaines including the church opera “Jeremiah” and many qu’Europa Cantat voudrait développer à l’avenir. Un grand merci commissioned works. This wonderful composer will be pour leur soutien (voir liste des conseillers dans le texte anglais) greatly missed by the Choral Community. Europa Cantat hat eine Reihe von musikalischen Le compositeur tchèque Petr Eben est décédé le 24 octobre Beraterinnen und Beratern ernannt, die den Vorstand und 2007 à l’âge de 78 ans des suites d’une longue maladie. Petr die Musikkommission bis 2009 unterstützen werden. Dazu Eben était considéré comme le plus important compositeur gehören frühere Vorstandsmitglieder und Mitglieder der tchèque de notre époque. Le Monde Choral regrettera Europa Cantat Musikkommission ebenso wie Musikerinnen profondément ce merveilleux compositeur. und Musiker aus Ländern, in denen Europa Cantat noch keine Der tschechische Komponist Petr Eben starb am 24. Oktober Mitgliedsorganisation hat und Expertinnen und Experten in 2007 im Alter von 78 Jahren nach langer Krankheit. Petr Eben Bereichen, in denen Europa Cantat seine Arbeit in Zukunft gilt als einer der wichtigsten zeitgenössischen tschechischen intensivieren möchte. Ein herzliches Dankeschön für ihre Komponisten. Er wird der Chorgemeinschaft sehr fehlen. Unterstützung (siehe Liste im englischen Text). Cooperation with European Broadcasting Union Andrew Fairbairn Obituary - New Rules for Let the Peoples Sing competition In October 2007 we received the sad news that Andrew In 2007 Europa Cantat began a cooperation with the Fairbairn had passed away. Andrew was a member of European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in connection with the Europa Cantat Board from the 1970s until 1997 and Let the Peoples Sing. As a result of this cooperation, was an important and unforgettable figure in the history the European Broadcasting Union has decided to of Europa Cantat. Andrew was the key figure in the change the rules for this prestigious competition. In organisation of the festival EUROPA CANTAT VI in addition to the radio broadcasters members of EBU, Leicester in 1976. This festival gave rise to the birth of members of the International Music Council and in the British Federation of Young Choirs (BFYC), which particular members of IFCM and Europa Cantat shall be became a member of the European Federation of entitled in future to present choirs to the competition. Young Choirs and for well over 20 years helped to Especially if there is no EBU member radio station in a support the work and direction of many young choirs in given country or if the EBU Radio Member is not Britain. We shall greatly miss Andrew, and will always participating, a choir may register on its own via the remember him and his humour as well as his typical EBU Web site: British correctness and politeness he was the archetypal British Gentleman. In this case the choir will have to submit recordings and You will find a more detailed Obituary with contributions a jury will listen to the ensemble to ensure that it from Paul Wehrle, founding Secretary General of corresponds to the Competition's artistic level, after Europa Cantat, and Christopher Simmons, former which it will be decided whether or not the candidate President of Europa Cantat in Ecmagazine 4/07 can be accepted. Any choir which registers itself or via La triste nouvelle nous parvient: Andrew Fairbairn est décédé. IFCM or Europa Cantat shall participate in the finals at Andrew fut membre du Comité Directeur d’Europa Cantat des its own cost if a professional radio transmission cannot années 1970 jusqu’à 1997 et il était et restera une figure be organized. Choirs are therefore encouraged to first importante, ancrée dans l’histoire de la fédération. Andrew nous manquera beaucoup, nous nous souviendrons toujours try to apply to the competition via their regional or de lui et de son humour, ainsi que de sa politesse et de sa national radio station. correction, si typiquement britannique. Il était l’archétype The 2009 edition of Let the Peoples Sing for children‟s même du gentleman anglais. Un hommage basé sur des choirs, youth choirs and adult choirs, which will be the contributions de Paul Wehrle, premier Secrétaire Général first one carried out according to the new rules, will take d’Europa Cantat, et de Christopher Simmons, ancien président place in Oslo, Norway. You will find further documents de la Fédération sera publié dans ECmagazine 4/07 for the competition here: Im Oktober 2007 haben wir die traurige Nachricht erhalten, Regulations: dass Andrew Fairbairn gestorben ist. Andrew war Mitglied des Registration form: Europa Cantat Vorstandes seit den siebziger Jahren bis 1997 List of Silver Rose Bowl Winners so far und er war eine wichtige und unvergessliche Figur in der Geschichte Europa Cantats. Wir werden Andrew sehr vermissen und wir werden uns immer an ihn, seinen Humor Europa Cantat a commencé une coopération avec la EBU wie auch seine britische Korrektheit und Höflichkeit erinnern (European Broadcasting Union), entre autre pour le concours er war der Archetyp eines britischen Gentleman. Ein Let the Peoples Sing. Un résultat de cette coopération est un ausführlicher Nachruf mit Beiträgen von Paul Wehrle, nouveau règlement du concours qui permet aux chœurs qui ne Gründungs-Generalsekretär von Europa Cantat und peuvent pas être proposé par une station de radio, membre de Christopher Simmons, ehemaliger Präsident Europa Cantat la EBU, de s’inscrire directement au concours (en couvrant erscheint im ECmagazine 4/07 tous les frais). Dans le texte anglais vous trouverez les liens au site web de l’EBU avec tous les détails. Petr Eben - Obituary Europa Cantat hat eine Zusammenarbeit mit der European Boardcasting Union und ihrem Wettbewerb Let the Peoples The Czech composer Petr Eben passed away on Sing begonnen. Ein erstes Ergebnis dieser Zusammenarbeit thOctober 24 2007 at the age of 78 after a long illness. sind veränderte Regeln für die Teilnahme am Wettbewerb. So Petr Eben was born in Southern Bohemia (Czech können sich erstmals Chöre, die nicht über eine EBU-Republic) and started his music career at an early age, Rundfunkanstalt angemeldet werden können, sich auch direkt playing the piano when he was only six, starting with bewerben (wobei sie allerdings alle Kosten tragen müssen). Details finden Sie unter den im englischen Text abgedruckten the organ by the age of nine and composing shortly Links. after. As a teenager he was interned at Buchenwald together with his family. After the war he resumed his Who is Who in Choral Music studies in Prague, studying piano and composition. He The WHO IS WHO IN CHORAL MUSIC has been became a well-known organist and taught musicology in published recently it contains information on a number Prague, where he became professor for composition at of personalities in the choral world, including many the Academy of Music in 1991. Petr Eben was connected to Europa Cantat. considered to be one of the most important Czech

composers of our times. He wrote many compositions

    661 conductors, composers and organizers from 72 12 July in Utrecht. The concept of the course is highly countries are featured on 320 pages. In addition to successful and offers intensive training at various levels contact information and a photo, each person‟s profile under renowned teachers. Conductors will enjoy a includes current professional positions and affiliations, wonderful week which will be like a musical present. formal education and training, career highlights, Taste the Kurt Thomas atmosphere by watching the publications and recordings. The book, written in Promo-film (in English) here:

    English, has been published in Germany by Gent Lazri ->

    and Stefan Simon. It can be ordered via promtiefilm. Further information under or directly from the editors -> current projects -> for ( conductors or on the website of the course (see above).

Europa Cantat Activities / Activités / Aktivitäten Publications / Veröffentlichungen

World Youth Choir European Winter session 07/08 ECmagazine

    The World Youth Choir European Session will take ECmagazine 4/07 is now at the printers it may reach

    place in Belgium from December 27th 2007 to January our readers somewhat late this year and we apologize 14th 2008, with concerts in Belgium, France and the for the inconvenience. A PDF of the complete magazine Netherlands. 40 singers from 20 different countries will is available online for members only on be under the baton of Theodora Pavlovitch (Bulgaria), -> Membership -> Members‟

    former Vice-President of Europa Cantat. The repertoire login, the cover and contents available for all under includes orthodox chants, Eastern European -> Media -> Publications. The contemporary music and some modern Bulgarian folk next issue of our magazine will be a double issue 1-arrangements. Concert Tour: 2/08 with a focus on the European Union Year of - Friday 4th : Rochefort Tel: + 32 84 221376 Intercultural Dialogue and it should reach our - Saturday 5 : Eglise d‟Aubel Tel: +32 87-680139 membership at the end of April 2008.

    - Sunday 6 : Eglise de Sombreffe Tel: + 32 81711620 ECmagazine 4/07 est maintenant chez l’imprimeur – nous - Tuesday 8 : Recording session (Charleroi) nous excusons pour le retard. La version electronique est - Wednesday 9 : Kerkrade concert + masterclass (NL) disponible pour les membres sous ? members’ login ? - voir texte anglais, le contenu est disponible pour tout le monde Tel : +31 455355031 dans la partie ? Media ? de notre site web. La prochaine - Thursday 10 : Ghent Tel: +32 9 32 42 98 édition sera un numéro double sur l’année du dialogue - Friday 11 : Eglise St-Fiacre de Nancy (F) interculturel. Tel: +33 3 3 83369260 ECmagazine 4/07 ist jetzt beim Drucker wir entschuldigen - Saturday 12 : Eglise St-Maxim de Thionville (F) uns für die verspätete Zustellung. Die elektronische Version ist Concert + masterclass + 33 3 82882686 für Mitglieder auf der Website unter „Members’ login“ verfügbar - Sunday 13 : Namur +32 81 226026 (siehe englischer Text), das Inhaltsverzeichnis ist für alle unter Ceci est la liste des concerts du Choeur Mondial des Jeunes „Media“ auf unserer Homepage einsehbar. Die nächste dans le cadre de sa session européenne d’hiver sous la Ausgabe des Magazins wird eine Doppel-Ausgabe zum Jahr direction de Theodora Pavlovitch, ancienne vice-présidente des Interkulturellen Dialogs sein. d’Europa Cantat. Oben finden sie die Liste der Konzerte des Weltjugendchores News from our members / während seiner europäischen Winter-Arbeitsphase und Nouvelles de nos membres / Konzert-Tournee. Der Chor singt diesen Winter unter der Neuigkeiten von unserern Mitgliedern Leitung von Theodora Pavlovitch, ehemaliger Vizepräsidentin von Europa Cantat. Anniversary Armenia! thOn December 19 2007 the Little Singers of Armenia “Choirs in Movement” – International Children‟s thwill be celebrating their 15 anniversary in Yerevan. and Youth Choir festival in Bonn in June 2008 Their conductor Tigran Hekekyan is our main partner in A PDF with the ateliers and conditions for participation Armenia and has invited the Secretary Generals of in this festival for children‟s and youth choirs can now IFCM and Europa Cantat to visit his country and meet be found under -> current representatives of the Armenian government in early projects -> for children / or -> in Bonn. Europa Cantat is 2008. very grateful for the support of two foundations of the Sparkasse Bonn: Stiftung Internationale Begegnung Calendar of Europa Cantat Activities 2008 und Stiftung Jugendhilfe der Sparkasse in Bonn. Hearts-in-Harmony Concert in Norway - May/June 2008 Ein Flyer mit Details zu dieser Veranstaltung finden Sie jetzt “Youth choirs in movement - in Bonn (DE) 18 22/7/08 auf -> current projects -> in Bonn. Kurt Thomas Cursus - Utrecht (NL) 3 12/7/2008 Europa Cantat dankt der Stiftung Internationale Begegnung EC junior 5 + Study Tour - Nevers (FR) 12 20/7/08 und der Stiftung Jugendhilfe der Sparkasse in Bonn für ihre Seminar for composers - Aosta (IT) 13 19/7/08 Unterstützung. EC Singing Week - Tarragona, Catalonia (ES) 19 27/7/08 Conference and Workshop on Intercultural Dialogue European Academy for Young Conductors Debrecen (HU) 27 31/7/08 with Anders Eby 2008 in Sweden World Youth Choir - China • 14/7 11/8/2008 We are sorry that we have not bee able to place Youth Chamber Choir Meeting updated information on this course on the website, yet. In Usedom (DE) 1 10/8/08 Due to some changes in plans, the final information and EC Singing Week - Smederevo (CS) 11 17/8/08 programme will be presented on the website at the end European Academy for Young Conductors of January 2008. Stockholm (SE) • August 2008 EC Singing Week + Study Tour - Szczecin (PL) 24 31/8/08 EC Singing Week + Study Tour - Lignano (IT) 31/8 7/9/08 Kurt Thomas Cursus 2008 General Assembly 2008 The Kurt Thomas Cursus will be held in 2008 for the Basque Country 14 16/11/08 (to be confirmed) rd43rd time from Thursday 3 in the evening to Saturday

    Statutory Meetings / réunions / Sitzungen Meeting of the Board of the Foundation EC Utrecht Utrecht (NL), 16.2.2008 Meeting of Europa Cantat Music Commission Utrecht (NL), 1-2/3/2008 News from the International Federation for Choral Meeting of the Board of the Foundation EC Utrecht Music (IFCM) also see Utrecht (NL), 29.3.2008 Meeting of the Association EC Mainz 2006 Changes at the International Centre for Choral Mainz (DE), 2.4.2008 Musique (ICCM) at Namur Europa Cantat Board meeting, The IFCM would like to inform you that its Board Budapest (HU), 10 13/4/2008 decided to end the employment of Mr Jean-Marc Meeting of Europa Cantat Music Commission Utrecht (NL), 27-28/9/2008 Poncelet as the Executive Director of the International Europa Cantat Board meeting, Centre for Choral Music at Namur, Belgium. As the Basque Country, 12 14/11/2008 (to be confirmed!) IFCM Secretary General, Mr Jean-Claude Wilkens will Europa Cantat General Assembly 2008 temporarily be in charge of the Centre and Ms. Basque Country, 14 16/11/2008(to be confirmed!) Véronique Bour will take care of the daily administrative Meeting of Europa Cantat Music Commission and financial tasks. The ICCM has convened a General Utrecht (NL), 17-18/1/2009 Assembly in March 2008 in order to take the necessary structural decisions and redefine its mission within the framework of the official agreements with its local partners (City, Province and State). The projects administered by the ICCM, such as the World Youth Choir (winter and summer sessions) will go on as

    planned. News from Musica International ( Aswatuna, an Arab Choral Festival The Arab Choral Festival, Aswatuna is an innovative and imaginative meeting of Arab choirs and choral musicians together with Swedish musicians and choral musicians from all over the world. It will take place from 19 to 23 August, 2008 in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project 2007 Donation Campaign will bring together choral musicians from the five Arab provides a free service for the choral peoples of the Levant: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria world. BUT it has a cost. Imagine the time spent and Palestine. Choral musicians from other Arab entering data for more than 150,000 choral works and countries and from the rest of the world are invited to creating multimedia links, so that you can find the music join in this first choral celebration of musical unity in the you seek and discover new possibilities! You might say Arab world. The project is made possible through the ? I don‟t need to make a donation, because other generous support of Rikskonserter (Concerts Sweden) people probably will ?, but we need YOUR support! and is organized in collaboration with the International Some or our institutional partners are surprised that Federation for Choral Music. Enquiries for participating with nearly 4,000 visitors a day to, we and presenting: cannot self-finance the project, and they strongly Ramzi Halabi, or decreased their subsidy. Thanks to your generosity, we will be able to continue our service as before and even Creation of a National Federation of Choral Music in to improve it. Your contribution, even a small one, is Republic of the Congo essential to the continuance of the Musica virtual choral A General Assembly was held in Pointe Noire, Republic library. All donors* will be granted privileged access for of the Congo, last September in order to gather the one year! For more information go to musical group managers and the persons in charge of the culture in Congo. The meeting was lead by Mr. Gervais Hugues Ondaye (Music Committee of Congo) 50,000 Titles in the Database of Musica International and Mr. Albert Kimbouala (director of the department of That is the number of titles which was reached in a Culture and Arts in Pointe Noire). They created the good atmosphere and hours of work during the National Federation for Choral Music and set up an Workshop in Alteglofsheim in September 2007. executif committee with the following officers: Mr. Laurent NTassani: President, in charge of the New staff at Musica International coordination, orientation and relation with the IFCM A new coordination team was appointed at Musica Mr. Cyr Ebina: Vice-President, in charge of the International office in August 2007: organization of a programme of activities - Hervé Schalber, webmaster ( Mr. Jean-Claude NGoma: Secretary General - Aurore Plisnier, coordinator/secretary Mr. Boris M. Moutsita Ngouma: in charge of the ( communication and public relation Welcome to them ! Mrs. Nadine A. Ihou, in charge of the finances and equipment. This federation will organize its first festival

    of choral music from July 11th till 13th, 2008.


    Congratulations to this new federation!

Song of Peace - March 2008

    From international military offensives to ethnically

    motivated killings to gang warfare, our world is full of

    violence every day. Simply to wish that things were

    different is not enough to make them so. This project News from the European Music Council (EMC) and seeks to bring thousands or even millions of voices the International Music Council (IMC)

    together to proclaim loudly that peace in our world is of European Music Council, Haus der Kultur, Weberstr. fundamental importance. In March 2008, the 59a, 53113 Bonn, Germany, Phone: +49-228-96699664, organisers of the project are seeking to create an Fax: +49-228-96699665,

    international musical appeal for peace, using words that

    have been sung for centuries: Dona Nobis Pacem -

    Grant Us Peace. How to Participate: Program one or In the frame of the 2nd IMC World Forum on Music in more “Dona Nobis Pacem” works, or works with other Beijing, China, 11 to 14 October 2007 (see below for texts that explicitly ask for peace, on a new or already-further information), the European Music Council hosted scheduled concert in March 2008. Inform the organizers a meeting with the European membership. During

    (see below) of the date, program, participants and this meeting the following issues were discussed: location of your performance. Performances can also - the next edition of the EMC magazine “Sounds in

    be informal e.g. gathering a group of singers to Europe”

    perform in a park, public square, or other non-traditional - the EMC 2008 Annual conference in Brno venue. The “Song of Peace” organizers will publicize - the changes in the IMC membership and fee structure the events and communicate with the media about the - ideas for a new multi-annual project from 2009 project as a whole. For any further information, and to onwards (when the ExTra-project period is over) be counted as a participant, please contact Members of the EMC are encouraged to let the EMC or visit know what would be of interest for them and to share

     your additional ideas with the EMC. 17th International Day of Choral Singing Ideas collected so far:

    On 9 December the world sung in one voice and in one - Music map for Europe

    heart to celebrate the International Day of Choral - European pilot for the IMC music sector development Singing. For the moment, is a pleasure to inform you programme

    that to date (12 December 2007) we have received - Implementation of the UNESCO 2005 convention communications from over 200 choirs in 58 countries - Implementation of the UNESCO Roadmap for Arts that have joined this cause. During the whole weekend Education

    there were a number of choral events from students‟ - Contribution to and follow-up of the “Communication open air singing to concerts in huge venues and radio on a European agenda for culture in a globalizing and TV broadcasts dedicated exclusively to choral world”

    singing. The International Day of Choral Singing

    Proclamation was translated and read in more than 14 As during the past years, EMC members will have the countries. To all who joined this celebration: Thanks for opportunity to present projects in the EMC Annual

    Singing! Happy International Day of Choral Singing. conference. The theme of the conference is “Access to A complete report will be published in the next issue of Music”, and it will take place from 17 – 20 April 2008 in

    the ICB. Brno, Czech Republic. Members will soon receive a call

     for project presentations with a separate email.

IFCM meetings and activities EMC welcomes new office assistant Julian Ueding,

     student in musicology in Bonn. Julian assists the team Meetings with administrative tasks for 10 hours / week. 2008

    ; Musica General Assembly : Utrecht, 29 Feb, 2008 In its November meeting, the EU Council of Cultural ; IFCM Executive Committee : Namur, 17 March, 2008 Ministers adopted the main objectives and working ; IFCM Board : Namur 17-18 March, 2008 methods towards a European Cultural Policy, proposed ; ICCM General Assembly : Namur, 19 March, 2008 by the Commission in the "Communication on a ; IFCM Executive committee : Israel, 5-9 June, 2008 European agenda on culture in a globalizing world*". (to be confirmed) EMC encourages you to enter into collaboration with ; IFCM General Assembly : Copenhagen, 23 July, 2008 your national and regional authorities for the implementation of these objectives. If you need further Activities advice, the EMC team shall be happy to assist you. The 2008 full text of the "Communication" and some briefing ; Intl Forum: Voices, Youth and Management Caen, documents can be downloaded here France, 6-10 Feb 2008 ; Musica Workshop: Luxemburg, 17-12 Feb, 2008 from the EMC website, the latest newsletter ; Songbridge in Sczeccin, Russia, 6-10 May, 2008

    ; Intl Youth and Children's choir Festival: Hong Kong, published by ENCATC gives a very useful overview of 14-17 July, 2008 the decisions taken by the November Council.

     ; World Symposium 8: Copenhague, 19-27 July, 2008

     ; World Youth Choir in Hong Kong and China: July-Aug, 2008

    ; Songbridge in Wakayama, Japan, 6-11 Aug, 2008

    ; Round table with Arabic countries, Jordan, 21-24 Aug, 2008

    ; Polyfollia: St Lo, France, November 2008

Intercultural Dialogue

    The Civil Society Platform for Intercultural Dialogue is News from CultureAction Europe mobilizing organisations from the arts and culture and the European Forum for the from the fields of education, youth, social affairs, human Arts and Heritag (

    rights, migration and anti-discrimination to engage in a

    collective learning exercise by sharing concepts, approaches, and practice of intercultural dialogue

    across sectors of society. The Platform foresees the drafting of a “Rainbow Paper” on Intercultural Dialogue (political recommendations - in contrast to White or Inside Out 2007 Green Papers) to be first submitted to the Informal Re-imagining cultural action in Europe Council of Ministers on 26 September 2007 in Lisbon. A The 15th Annual General Meeting of the European first consultation is now open until 22 August 2007, a Forum for the Arts and Heritage and the Inside Out second consultation period shall follow later. conference were held at the exceptional venue Fabryka From the EMC you can ask for a guiding document to Trzciny from 8 till 10 November. The framing question submit your contributions. Please send your of the conference was „How and why cultural operators contributions to Sabine Frank at “”. may be motivated and mobilised to get themselves The Council of Europe will publish a "White Paper" on organised on European political issues‟. The Intercultural Dialogue by the end of the year. A huge discussions provided rich material for the future actions consultation process is currently taking place. You are of EFAH and its members. Over 150 participants from welcome to hand in your comments. Please find further 25 countries, both within and outside the EU, attended information on the EMC website here: the conference. See the conference website for a full report, access to the pictures, speech International Music Council transcripts and the conference video. Silja Fischer, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 PARIS cedex 15, France, Tel. +33 1 45 68 48 50 - Fax +33 1 43 06 87 98 The Culture Council adopts the „European agenda e-mail:, Website: for culture‟ During their November meeting, the European Ministers International Music Council takes key decisions for of Culture adopted the objectives and instruments the future of the organization proposed by the European Commission in its The 32nd General Assembly of the International Music Communication on Culture. The Council resolution on Council, held in Beijing, October 14-16, 2007, adopted the „European agenda for culture‟ brings to a close the a series of key decisions that will pave the way to long consultation process and opens up some new building greater capacity of the organization and its perspectives for cultural policy developments at EU members to work towards its vision to be the world‟s level. leading professional organization dedicated to the development and promotion of diverse music. Drawing on the IMC‟s mission to provide exceptional NEWS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION value to its membership by building knowledge, creating networking opportunities, supporting and enhancing the Tallin and Turku designated European Capitals of visibility of projects that help sustain people‟s Culture 2011 participation in music life, the IMC will carry out its In addition to the adoption of the EC Communication on future action in accordance with a strategic plan Culture, the November Culture Council of Ministers elaborated by its Executive Board over the past two designated Turku (Finland) and Tallin (Estonia) years. (…) The General Assembly adopted anew “European Capitals of Culture 2011”. The Culture membership structure that will allow any organization in Council was briefed by the Presidency and the the field of arts and culture that subscribes to IMC Commission on the outcome of the first EU-Russia mission and objectives, to become a voting member of Permanent Partnership Council on Culture, held in the IMC. Along with this new structure, a new Lisbon on 25 October 2007. At that meeting, the EU membership fee scale was also agreed upon. and the Russian Federation confirmed their The General Assembly re-elected Richard Letts commitment to applying the cultural aspects of the (Australia) President for a second 2-year term. (…) Road Map on the Common Space of Research and The General Assembly also elected three new Education. members of the Executive Board: Sonja Greiner (Germany), Liane Hentschke (Brazil) and Timo DG EAC officially launches European Year of Klemettinen (Finland). Mr. Letts will be joined in the Intercultural Dialogue 2008 Board's Directorate by Beata Schanda (Hungary) as In the run-up to the official start of the European Year of executive vice-president, Felipe de Leon (Philippines) Intercultural Dialogue 2008, Commissioner Jan Figel andPeter Rantasa (Austria) as vice-presidents; as well launched the communication campaign with its key as Lars Grunth (Denmark) as treasurer. (…) element: the website Over 70 delegates from all over the world representing or national committees, international and regional music The event in Brussels on 4th December also featured organisations as well as associate members, along with the announcements of the seven European and 29 representatives of Regional Music Councils and national projects co-financed under the programme for Regional Secretariats of the IMC, attended the meeting. EYID, and the presentation of Eurobarometer survey no. Altogether, 36 nations were represented. The Assembly 217 on Intercultural Dialogue. The Ambassadors for the was held in conjunction with the 2nd IMC World Forum Year, notably writer Paulo Coelho, were introduced too. on Music and hosted by the Chinese Musicians The Year of Intercultural Dialogue will officially be Association, with the support of a number of sponsors launched in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on January 7th/8th 08. and partners. Information:

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