Europa Cantat XX for Conductors and Composers

The festival EUROPA CANTAT, initiated by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat and held every three years, is the central meeting point of the choral world.
The festival first began in 1961 in Passau, Germany and now has been held in 18 different cities around Europe – and in 2018 for the first time in Tallinn, Estonia, from 28.07. to 04.08. This unique festival brings together more than 4000 singers, conductors, composers and choral managers from Europe and beyond for 10 days of singing delight.

The CC programme is open to conductors and composers, with common and separate offers, and partly also offers interesting sessions for music teachers and managers. Each morning will start with a plenary session in which you will experience a vocal warming-up, look ahead at the day’s programme and get to know a composer presented during a short „Showcase”. It will be followed by two one-hour slots with parallel programmes of workshops, seminars, lectures, demonstrations, reading sessions and round tables. In the CCP Caf. you will have the opportunity to meet your colleagues and exchange repertoire, tips and tricks, listen to music or look at scores together. On several days you can also join a „Study Tour” visiting a number of selected atelier rehearsals under the guidance of Rainer Held (CH).
Participation in the CCP is possible for conductors from participating choirs as well as individual participants. You can participate in the full programme or pick individual offers you are interested in. If you just want to get a taste of the festival for one or more days, you can buy one-day tickets and even register on the morning of your participation. The detailed programme for each day will be published in late spring 2018.

Rainer Held (CH) completed studies in orchestra conducting, choir conducting, solo singing and music education. Artistic leader of the Aarau Chamber Choir (1994-2015) and the large rhaeto-romanic ‘Chor viril Surses’. Regular concerts/ CD-recordings with Royal Scottish National Orchestra Glasgow, Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra and other professional orchestras and choirs (also student choirs) in Germany, Russia, Belarus, Italy, France, Poland, Japan, South Korea, Venezuela, Paraguay, Brazil. He is Professor in music education and Head of the Music Department at the University of Teacher Education Lucerne. 2005 – 2014 President of the MC of the Swiss Choral Union SCV/USC. Member of the MC and Artistic Committee (Festival Torino and Pécs) ECA-EC.

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