The European cooperation project Uniting Youth in Song (July 2009 to June 2011) ended with an intensive programme in Swedn on the weekend May 27th to 29th 2011 with Länsmusiken - Swicco staging a number of events in Örebro:
- An international conducting course for children's choir conductors
with Kari Ala-Pöllänen, Anne-Marie Cabut and the Cigale de Lyon
- A Hearts-in-Harmony concert with hearing-impaired young people
The project intended to address the main worries and challenges of the choral world today, aiming mostly at increasing awareness for the importance of singing with children, promoting active music-making in kindergartens and schools as well as intercultural dialogue and life-long learning and increasing and improving training programmes for children’s and youth choir conductors.
Activities from 2009 to 2011 through which these aims have been reached include the Conference on Singing and Music Education in Vilnius, activities at the festival EUROPA CANTAT in Utrecht, conducting courses in Fano and Örebro, a seminar for composers in Aosta, Hearts-in-Harmony events in Budapest, Barcelona and Örebro, the setting up of an integration choir in Örebro, a performance of the Poverty Requiem and the festival "Youth Choirs in Movement" 2 in Bonn and online databases with research on the benefits of singing and examples of good practice.
More information on Unting Youth in Song can be found on www.swicco.se and >> here