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We've recharged the batteries and are back to work. Lots is happening around choral Europe, read about all of it and more from the world of singing in ECA's monthly newsflash!

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ECA Membership Weekend & General Assembly 2021

Lyon (FR) | 19 - 21 November 2021

It is our pleasure to invite ECA members and friends to our annual Membership Weekend and General Assembly to beautiful city of Lyon!

After an all-online meeting last November, we are very eager to go back to physical meetings and are preparing an exciting schedule for this year! The membership weekend will feature our General Assembly, the membership day with various workshops and sessions, the presentation of the EPIC data collection, and much more!

ECA members, don't forget to register!

We would like to thank ECA founding members À Cœur Joie France for hosting this year's Membership Weekend in Lyon, the City of Lights, capital of French cuisine, and home to ACJ's offices and many great choirs.

ECA goes!

Come by for a chat if you're there! is the place to be in Choral Europe this month! ECA will be there as well, of course! Come and find us at our booth 15 at the expo to catch up, physical meetings have been all to rare in these past months!

We will also give three presentations:
SHIFT Culture - How can we put into practice the UN sustainable development goals?
with Sophie Dowden, Sonja Greiner and Carolyn Auclair
Digital Stage - making music online together
with Fee Altmann and Sonja Greiner
Leading Voices - a new European meeting place for conductors and vocal leaders
with Martine Spanjers, Burak Onur Erdem and Sonja Greiner


EC-TV Sessions Online for Replay

You can find recordings of the Reading sessions, Open Singing, Discovery Ateliers, PULSE sessions, Daily Reportages, Interviews and more of EUROPA CANTAT 2021 online here now!

Many PULSE sessions for the development of the careers of emerging musicians were brought to you by the EPIC project (led by the European Choral Association) while others on the professional development of choral and vocal leaders were brought to you by the Training Leading Voices project (led by ZIMIHC). Both projects are co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Leading Voices

European Days for Vocal  & Choral Leaders

27 - 31 July 2022

You’ll need your agendas for this! Leading Voices, the major event for conductors and vocal leaders just launched their new website.

Leading Voices presents a five-day programme for choral professionals with over 70 sessions that explore the future of collective singing from a social and artistic perspective, and includes all genres and skill levels. It offers a dynamic platform for conductors, vocal leaders, music teachers, managers, artistic leaders and composers from all over Europe.
Leading Voices inspires you to actively explore, experience, and discuss the expansion and future of choral music, and become one of the leading voices of tomorrow.

The event is organised by ZIMIHC podium voor amateurkunst and the European Choral Association, in the frame of the Training Leading Voices project, co-funded by the Creative Programme of the European Union. Further partners are À Cœur Joie France and JSKD - the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities.

Find more information here.

Training Leading Voices

What's been happening lately?

After JSKD brought you the PULSE programme sessions at Europa Cantat, the Training Leading Voices project continues to deliver! The 11th European Academy for Choral Conductors took place in Fano 29 August - 5 September, an event of Feniarco in partnership with the European Choral Association. Shortly after, from 10 to 12 September, the Congrès (Inter)national des chefs de chœur took place in Puteaux, coordinated by À Coeur Joie.

You will have to wait until next summer for the next project events: Leading Voices (see above) and activities in the frame of the Choralies festival - stay tuned!

The SHIFT Project

Annotated Bibliography on Inclusion out now!

As the lead partner on the topic of inclusion for the SHIFT project (coordinated by the European Music Council and co-funded by Erasmus+), the European Choral Association is delighted to announce the publication of the SHIFT Annotated Bibliography on Inclusion!
The bibliography brings together 101 resources intended to inspire cultural networks and organisations to integrate diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging (DEI&B) into all of their work, including governance, communications and events.


(under the label of the European Choral Association)

Upcoming Choral Activities

NB: The event details mentioned below may be subject to change. We kindly ask you to always check with the organiser of the respective event for more information and the latest updates.

Hannover (DE) | 23 - 26 September 2021

Activity from the network, promoted by the European Choral Association
From 23 - 26 September 2021, the choral world will meet in Hannover, Germany once again. 2021’s exciting programme includes more than 200 workshops for choral directors, choral managers, and others, top-class concerts, a trade fair, and a platform for exchange between all types of professionals and amateurs in the choral world.

Working language will be German. For information, please visit the website.

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 Calendar of Choral Events


International Federation for Choral Music

IFCM September Newsletter

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

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) unites choral lovers from all over the world. The European Choral Association is one IFCM's founding members and serves as its regional office for Europe.


International Music Council

Music World News

The Music World News eBulletin presents world-wide music news collected for you by the International Music Council. It contains items in English, French and Spanish.

In issue 15/2021 (15 September 2021), read about:
  • 'It didn't adhere to any of the rules': the fascinating history of free jazz
  • Musicians warning fans about the music industry
  • La fabrique des chefs
  • Louis Armstrong and the spy: How the CIA used him as a 'Trojan horse' in Congo
    How to make your music go viral on TikTok?
  • ¿Cuál es el rol de la música en la descarbonización?
  • ... and much more!
This newsletter comes every two weeks, bringing you the latest from the global music sector.
Sign up for free or read it online!

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Culture Action Europe
Amplify: Make the Fututre of Europe Yours

Amplify is a project working across 12 European countries that brings underrepresented voices in the cultural sector to the Conference on the Future of Europe.  During the project, project members work together to write a set of recommendations to EU decision-makers, focusing on ideas, hopes, and demands for the vision of the Future of Europe. Then, after the Conference ends, there will be an opportunity to respond to and publicly advocate for these ideas.

Amplify’s main goal is to gather ideas, proposals, recommendations, and concerns about the vision of culture in the future of Europe. There are four main parts of the project that rely on collaboration and energy at the community level.

Read more about this exciting project on the CAE website.


St. Stanislav's Girls' Choir of the DIocesan Classical Gymnasium, in the frame of this year's EUROPA CANTAT festival.

Whether you were there in Ljubljana's Cankarjev Dom or not, enjoy this beautuil concert.
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