HISTORY

A group of conductors from different European countries who had partly been soldiers in the World War 2 met during a youth event at Loreley at the end of the 1950ies and discussed what would be the best way to ake sure that their young singers would not want to go to war. On the model of the French festival Choralies in Vaison-la-Romaine they decided to create a festival in which the choirs would not only sing for each other, but rather participate together in different workshops. Also they would be sleeping in the same accommodation, eating together and spending their free time together, thus making friends for life.

 

They called for a founding meeting in Geneve in 1960 and the first EUROPA CANTAT festival took place in Passau, Germany, ending just a few days before August 13th 1961, when the wall between Western and Eastern Germany was closed.

Two years later, in 1963, the spirit of the French-German friendship development and signature of the Elysée contracts, the “European Federation for Young Choirs” as founded in Bonn (and later renamed “Europa Cantat”).

Main founders:

  • Choral organization “A Cœur Joie” (France)
  • Choral organization “Arbeitskreis Musik in der Jugend” (Germany)

Main aims:

to give an organizational structure to international exchange and international cooperation which was the focus of their activities

First meeting: May 15th1960 in Geneva, Switzerland

First activity: Festival EUROPA CANTAT I in Passau, Germany, 1961, 69 groups from 12 countries

Official foundation: February 9th 1963 as an association according to German laws, registered under number VR 2791 at Vereinsregister Bonn

Name of association at foundation: “European Federation of Young Choirs”

The Merger:

On May 9th 2009 (decision by membership of AGEC) and November 14th 2009 (decision by membership of Europa Cantat – European Federation of Young Choirs) it was decided to merge the two choral organisations into one under the name of European Choral Association – Europa Cantat from January 1st 2011.

PRESIDENTS AGEC:

2006 – 2011 | Michaël Scheck (BE)

1996 – 2006 | Hartmut Doppler (DE)

1990 – 1996 | Bernard Stolz (CH)

1987 – 1990 | Hans Hierck (NL)

1980 – 1987 | Dr. Walter Weidmann (NL)

1971 – 1980 | H.F. Brune (NL)

1955 – 1971 | Dr. Paul Plugshaupt (CH)

PRESIDENTS ECA-EC:

2012 – | Gábor Móczár (HU)

2009 – 2012 | Sante Fornasier (IT)

2003 – 2009 | Jeroen Schrijner (NL)

2000 – 2003 | Christopher Simmons (UK)

1995 – 2000 | Noël Minet (BE)

1994 – 1995 | Gilbert Martens (BE)

1982 – 1994 | Marcel Corneloup (FR)

1961 – 1982 | François Bourel (FR)

HONORARY PRESIDENTS:

1982 – 2004 | François Bourel (FR)

1963 – 1972 | César Geoffray (FR)

SECRETARY GENERALS:

2001 – today | Sonja Greiner (DE)

1995 – 1999 | Dolf Rabus (DE)

1988 – 1995 | Hans-Dieter Reinecke (DE)

1985 – 1988 | Manfred Ehrhorn (DE)

1982 – 1985 | Herbert Saß (DE)

1976 – 1982 | Christoph Kühlewein (DE)

1963 – 1976 | Paul Wehrle (DE)

GENERAL ASSEMBLIES:

2018: Cappadocia (TR)

2017: Tallinn (EE)

2016: Utrecht (NL)

2015: Helsinki (FI)

2014: Barcelona (ES)

2013: Pécs (HU)

2012: Toulouse (FR)

2011: Torino (IT)

2010; Namur (BE)

2009: Sophia (BG)

2008: San Sebastián (ES)

2007: Utrecht 8NL)

2006: Örebro (SE)

2005: Lyon (FR)

2004: Venice (IT)

2003: Luzern (CH)

2002: Mainz (DE)

2001: Kerekegyháza/Kunpuszta (HU)

2000: Gent (BE)

1999: Barcelona (ES)

1998: Stockholm (SE)

1997: Linz (AT)

1965: Bonn (DE)