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Dear <<First Name>>,

A very happy year 2021 from all the board, youth committee and staff at the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat!

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, hope is rising that we will soon be seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Read below the news from the European choral sector, and find out what 2021 has in store for us.

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ECA-EC Webniars & Zoom Cafés

As much as the COVID-19 pandemic has kept us apart physically, many of us have been seeing each other much more frequently through video conferences. In 2020, ECA-EC offered a series of webinars and semi-formal Zoom Cafés on various topics of interest, some exlcusively for ECA-EC members, some open to the wider public, to keep the choral family together.

We are happy to announce that we will continue our webinars & zoom cafés in 2021. The first two sessions are already fixed and we're very much looking forward to e-meeting you there!

Raise your voice | An EPIC webinar
26 January

How can media channels help you making your voice be heard? Join the Raise Your Voice webinar on partnering up with media for singing and learn from Inari Tilli about this topic.

Inari is a specialist in choral music at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle). She holds a Master’s degree in music education from the Sibelius Academy and has been working with digital media for about two decades. At Yle, she has a programme about vocal music on Yle Radio 1, presents choral concerts and produces choral recordings. She is also Artistic Director of Yle personnel choir. In addition to her broadcasting work, she has still found time to sing in many choirs, such as Kampin Laulu Chamber Choir, Philomela, The Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble and The Finnish Chamber Choir. She is at present a member of the Key Ensemble, a chamber choir based in Turku.

This session is part of a webinar series in the frame of the EPIC Project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Join and bring a friend! Register right here!

ECA-EC zoom café 2021 #1
1 February

Zoom cafés are back! Let's kick off the new year with a EUROPA CANTAT Festival Q&A!

We will be joined by EC festival staff members to answer your questions around the festival, the registration process, COVID-19 regulations, etc. This zoom café is also open to non-members, so spread the word!

Sign up here.

Training Leading Voices: Bursaries for your Event!

As part of the Training Leading Voices project, the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat is delighted to be able to offer bursaries of up to 2000€ to choral or conductors' organisations organising conferences, symposia, etc., and looking to increase the international audience of their events

The bursaries are available for events for vocal and choral leaders/conductors and are intended to cover costs that allow the organisers to enhance the international element of their event. Online, physical and hybrid events are all eligible.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2021.

Please see our webpage for more information and to access the application form. We look forward to receiving your applications!

Last Call: European Video Award

The European Video Award welcomes videos that showcase inspiring and real stories on the impact of collective singing in the care of the environment, the promotion of physical & mental health, the access to music education, the facilitation of social inclusion and cultural exchange between different age/social groups. 

Don't forget, there are only a few days left to register!

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2021. Read more here!

Digital Stage: For better online rehearsals!

Due to Covid-19 regulations, most choirs and ensembles across Europe and beyond are no longer able to rehearse or perform as they used to, and the digital tools currently available are not satisfactory.

German non-profit initiative is aiming to create a tool that will help choirs and ensembles to have a better experience and really make music together online. Read more about this initiative which we are supporting as a contributing partner. Even though the festive season of donations is over, Digital Stage will be very grateful for your donation and will make good use of it to develop the software further which ultimately will help the whole sector.

If you want to contribute to the development of this tool, that can make a change for so many artists out there, including singers in choirs and ensembles, please support Digital Stage by donating here.


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Upcoming Deadlines

NB: The deadlines mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event.

31/1 > European Video Award
31/1 > Volunteering & Young Event Managers Programme at the EUROPA CANTAT Festival 2021
15/2 > EUROPA CANTAT Festival 2021, Ljubljana (SI)
28/2 > Limerick Sings International Choral Festival, Limerick (IE)
31/3 > TLV bursaries for choral events

EUROPA CANTAT Festival: COVID-19 Update

Ljubljana (SI) | 16 - 25 July 2021

An activity of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

You want to come to Ljubljana in summer? - Nice!
But you're worried about COVID-19? - Understandable!

Worry no more! The EC festival staff have put together a list of FAQ and have added COVID-19 as a reason for cancellaton to their terms and conditions.

Read the COVID-19 regulations

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival

Limerick (IE) | 11 - 13 June  2021

Activity from the network, promoted by ECA-EC
A non-competitive choral festival in Limerick, Ireland that allows you to enjoy singing, focus on perfoming, meet new friends and engage in workshops with leading professionals from the sector.

Deadline for applications: 28 Febaruary 2021

More info here

Find more Activities in our Event Calendar

  • A vast list of events for singers, choirs & singing groups, conductors & vocal leaders, creators, composers, etc. from all over Europe and beyond.
  • All events listed are international and usually open to participants from all over the world.
  • Add your own events to the list and share them with our network!
ECA-EC calendar of choral events

ECA-EC 2021 Brochure of Events

After the year we've had, it sure feels great to share this with all of you:

Read the brochure!

We hope this selection of events for singers, choirs & vocal groups, conductors & vocal leaders, creators, composers and choral lovers from all around Europe and beyond will inspire hope and optimism, and showcase that the choral scene is very much alive. All over the place, people are planning their events, trusting that we will go back to singing together!

As formats, dates and details of events are prone to change in these days, please always check the latest digital version of the 2021 brochure on our website. Please help us to promote collective singing across Europe and share it with your network!



International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM January Newsletter

The latest from the world of choral music.
Read this month' IFCM eNews in English and many other languages!


International Choral Bulletin
The Official Voice of Choral Music around the World

Official magazine of the International Federation for Choral Music, the International Choral Bulletin (ICB) is published quarterly in the four official languages of IFCM: English, French, German and Spanish. It is distributed in more than 80 countries on all five continents and is the official voice of choral music around the world.

Find out more about the ICB, browse through previous editions and get involved by proposing an article or offer your services as a translator.


Culture Action Europe
Make Culture Central in the EU Recovery | Open Letter

ECA-EC is among the co-signatories of an open letter by Culture Action Europe to the European Union and EU member states, asking to allocate at the ver least 2% of the national RFF to the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCSs) as called for by the European Parliament in their resolution "Cultural Recovery for Europe".
Read the full letter!

European Music Council
Conference Reader: "Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change"

The EMC prepared a collection of articles and best practices for the 9th European Forum on Music on Climate Action: Music as a Driver for Change in its digital format. A selection of eight articles, extracts from publications and reports, were put together to give complementary information to our online series through the different layers of the theme at the heart of the EFM. Divided in three main strands which represent key aspects of the music sector in regards of environment, the conference reader aims to provide additional views to what was proposed in the different events held
Find the full reader!


Wenn ich ein Vöglein wär' - the dream of flying away to a dear person in a distant place, just like a bird.

What a sweet dream in these times..!
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Upgrade – Connect – Reach out: Raising Awareness for Collective Singing in Europe” is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

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