below you will find the newsletter of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat for February 2013.

This was a month full of emotions: We had the first official meetings of our new Board, our new Music Commission and our new Music Commission. On February 14th we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the European Federation of Young Choirs, and in the same week we received the sad news that its founding Secretary General passed away. A few days later the choral world mourned the loss of Eric Ericson.
Below you will find further information including reminders on
deadlines for application of different events coming up in the coming weeks.  

Sonja Greiner
Secretary General
on behalf of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat

Traduction française >> ici
Deutsche Übersetzung >> hier

01 Oratorio Choir Academy in Pomáz
02 Deadlines for Singing Weeks approaching
03 Mediterranean Voices conference
04 Obituary Paul Wehrle
05 Obituary Eric Ericson
06 50th anniversary – first celebration

Oratorio Choir Academy in Pomáz

The Oratorio Choir Academy in Pomáz, Hungary, 11-21/07/2013, has a new teacher in the person of Máté Szabó-Sipos (HU) who will work together with Peter Broadbent (UK) and orchestra leader - concert master Kálmán Kostyál (HU). Deadline for applications is April 30th 2013. More information about the Academy in Pomáz is available >>here.

Deadlines for Singing Weeks approaching

March 31st will be the deadline for applications for a number of Singing Weeks:
- Golden Cantat in Novi Sad (Serbia), 05-12/05/2013, our first ever event
   specifically addressed to the older generation of “50+” – see >>here
- Choralp in Briançon in the French Alps, 20-27/07/2013 – see >>here
- Singing Week in Vic (Catalonia, Spain), 22-28/07/2013 – see >>here

Mediterranean Voices conference

The programme for the Mediterranean Voices conference in Girona (Catalonia, Spain), 29/07-2/08/2013 , will be available in the middle of March on www.mcc.cat. Deadline for applications is April 30th 2013.

Obituary Paul Wehrle

We received the sad news that Paul Wehrle passed away in Karlsruhe on February 11th 2013 at the age of 89. Paul was the founding Secretary General and “spiritus rector” of the European Federation of Young Choirs (which later turned into Europa Cantat and after the merger in 2011 became the European Choral Association). He has been following the developments and activities of our association until his last days, sending a birthday greeting for the 50th and wishing us all the best for the festival in Pécs in 2015. Paul was also the founding President of the International Federation for Choral Music IFCM, and he was active in many German choir and music associations during many years.

If you would like to send your condolences, you can write to Ute Wehrle and her son Peter at Sonnenbergstr. 20, 76228 Karlsruhe-Stupferich, Germany, or you can contact them through email at peter.wehrle@fu-berlin.de.

The funeral took place on February 25th and Jan Schumacher (Vice-President) and Sonja Greiner (Secretary General) represented our association there, offering the official condolences. A more detailed obituary will be published in ECmagazine 1/2013

Obituary Eric Ericson

In the same week the choral world lost another great figure: Eric Ericson (26/10 1918 – 16/2 2013), the "godfather" of choral music in Europe, passed away on February 15th at the age of 94. You can listen to the tribute of the World Youth Choir with Cecila Rydinger-Alin in August 2013 >>here.
The funeral will take place on Monday, March 18th at 13.00 in the Storkyrkan in Stockholm. Condolences can be addressed to Eric's wife Monica Ericson Spangenberg monica.ericsonspangenberg(at)telia.com, +46 70-2058900
Fred Sjöberg has written an obituary which will be published in ECmagazine 1/2013, and you will find many texts about Eric on Facebook.

50th anniversary – first celebration

On February 14th 2013 we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the "European Federation of Young Choirs", which later turned into Europa Cantat and after the merger with AGEC in 2011 became the European Choral Association. This was the first celebration of the anniversary this year, in the frame of a reception in Bonn where the association was created on February 9th/10th 1963 in the presence of the then German youth minister Bruno Heck, a few weeks after the signature of the German-French Elysée contracts. The newly elected Board and Youth Committee of European Choral Association - Europa Cantat, several former Presidents of ECA-EC, Europa Cantat and AGEC as well as the staff celebrated in the Schumannhaus in Bonn where the Lord Mayor of Bonn Jürgen Nimptsch brought the official greetings of the town where our General Secretariat has been hosted since the year 2000. You can find more pictures on facebook >>here.

The European Choral Association is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, by the German Ministry of Youth (BMFSFJ) and the City of Bonn
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