News from the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat (ECA-EC)

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The Voice of Singing Europe heard in Brussels

Did you know that there are 37 million people in Europe who practice collective singing?

On January 23rd 2017 the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and the Representation of the State of Hessen co-organised the event “The Voice of Singing Europe” in the seat of the Representation in Brussels.


After welcome words by Friedrich von Heusinger (Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union) and Gábor Móczár (President of ECA-EC), the youth choir of the Monnaie, La Choraline, conducted by Benoît Giaux demonstrated to the audience how singing together can bring joy to the singers as well as to the listeners.


Sonja Greiner, Secretary General ECA-EC then presented the “Singing Europe study” ( which was developed in the frame of the VOICE project ( , funded by the EU Culture Programme and selected as “success story” by the European Commission. The audience could directly experience the power of collective singing by learning the canon “Viva la Musica” with Carlo Pavese, Vice-President of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, before Sonja Greiner invited Barbara Gessler (Head of Unit, Creative Europe Programme – Culture, General Directorate for Education and Culture) on stage to discuss the point of view of the European Commission on data collection and research, and the priorities of the Creative Europe Programme. Almost 200 people attended the event live, while another 200 followed it digitally via live streaming which is now available as video. Read more here — More pictures here