Welcome to our first newsletter!

Finally we can proudly present you the EUROPA CANTAT XX Newsletter #1! We are sharing with you the newest updates, introduce you to the festival venues and to the people behind the festival, recommend some hidden gems in Tallinn and much more to keep you excited about EUROPA CANTAT festival in Tallinn 2018! And of course, as a proud little nation, we try to teach you some important Estonian words.


From left to right: Sonja Greiner, Jim Daus Hjernøe, Marleen Annemans, Burak Onur Erdem, Agnes Erdély, Filippo Maria Bressan, Kaie Tanner, Jan Schumacher, Cecilia Martin-Löf, Jean-Claude Wilkens, Raul Talmar

The complete Music Commission of ECA-EC met in Tallinn with Secretary Generals of ECA-EC and the Estonian Choral Association for the first planning of the Music Programme.
They had the exciting task to go through the more of 100 proposals for Ateliers collected from member organisations, advisors and music consultants as well as the Board, Music Commission and Youth Committee of ECA-EC and make a very first selection. They also looked at over 100 proposals for potential atelier conductors as well as many further ideas for the festival. The final list of Ateliers for the festival will be decided in spring and published in summer 2017.

The Estonian Choral Association joined hands with ECA-EC for EUROPA CANTAT XX

On behalf of the Estonian Choral Association, the chairman Raul Talmar signed the contract with ECA-EC for the upcoming EUROPA CANTAT festival to be held in Tallinn, Estonia. We are very excited and looking forward to see you all in Tallinn 2018!

The festival programme will be announced in June 2017! 

Get to know the host of the EUROPA CANTAT XX and the people behind the festival! 
Venue #1: Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds is located in the midst of the scenic pine grove in Pirita on the coast of Tallinn. The current stage – the unique “seashell” arch was built in 1960 and was used as a model for the Song Festival Grounds for Riga and Vilnius. Up to 34 000 singers have sung under the song arch and in front of it around 300 000 people have stood side by side to sing.
The Song Festival Grounds are a symbol of freedom and holds a special place in Estonian's hearts.
The team at the Song Festival Grounds
Team Member #1: Jan Schumacher

Jan Schumacher is the chair of European Choral Association - Europa Cantat Music Commission and the Vice-President of ECA-EC.
We asked him two questions about the upcoming festival!

What can we expect from the Europa Cantat XX Tallinn? 

Like in the last editions of the EUROPA CANTAT festival there will be a huge programme which consists of different "ateliers" (long and short workshop for choirs and individual singers with well-know conductors from all over the world) as well as a big programme for conductors and composers. Also professional guest choirs from Estonia (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National Male Choir) and international Vocal Groups (New York Voices, The Swingles) will give special concerts for the participants.

For sure two highlights will be the "Night of Choirs" in the medieval old-town and a big common concert for "100 years of Estonian independence" in the legendary shell on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

How does Tallinn inspire you? What do you expect from Tallinn? 

Tallinn is the perfect city for the EUROPA CANTAT festival - it has the ideal size and there are all great concerts halls, churches and other inspiring places for concerts and atelier rehearsals right in the centre. The combination between the medieval old-town and the modern parts of the city is unique and reflects also one idea of our EUROPA CANTAT festival: how can tradition inspire the present and the future? How can we add new, innovative and modern aspects to our choral world? 

And most wonderful is the cooperation with the Estonian Choral Association and the whole Estonian Choral world. Estonia is rich having such a vivid choral scene. You can feel, that choral music has its place right inside in the middle of the society - we all can learn from this!

Excited about Tallinn, but you have no idea what to visit/to do/to see in Tallinn? Don't worry, our locals share some of their favourite spots and recommend some not well known places in Tallinn!
One of my favourite places in Tallinn is the Kadriorg Park, because on a beautiful summer evening it's a nice place to spend some time together with your friends. The area is huge and you can just take a walk and do some sightseeing. The place is also very neat so you can sit everywhere you want and have a picnic! 
My favourite place in Tallinn is definitely the Old Town. It's unbelievable and so interesting how the medieval history is still present in these houses and in the atmosphere. I definitely point out the viewing platform next to the Stenbock House, where you could admire the wonderful view to the sea and to the town. 
Estonian is not an easy language, therefore it's the perfect time to start learning it! Every month we will teach you one very important Estonian word, so that you could master it in Tallinn 2018! 
Alright, that's about it for this time! Follow us on Facebook, for any questions send us an e-mail and you can check our homepage once in a while (there might be some surprise soon, who knows?)
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