The Singing Sofa is part of “VOICE – Vision On Innovation for Choral music in Europe”, a project coordinated by European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (Germany) in cooperation with Chorverband Österreich (Austria), Expertisecentrum Stem (Belgium), Koor&Stem (Belgium), Epilogi (Cyprus), UCPS (Czech Republic), A Coeur Joie (France), Polyfollia (France), Moviment Coral Català and Mediterranean Office for Choral Singing (Spain), KÓTA and Central-Eastern European Centre (Hungary), Zsolnay Heritage Management Nonprofit Ltd – ZSÖK (Hungary), FENIARCO (Italy), IFAC (France), Länsmusiken with the Swedish International Choral Centre Örebro (Sweden, 2012 to 2013) and the University of York (UK), as well as many other associate partners. This project has been selected under the European Union programme “Culture
VOICE – Vision On Innovation for Choral music in Europe is a European project for the sustainable development and innovation of choral singing, a first-time major cooperation between choral operators, music educators and researchers. The aims of VOICE are to encourage new events and methods and the creation of innovative repertoire, promote the voice as universal instrument, improve the quality of vocal music, enable transnational mobility and circulation of (young) musicians and choral works, enhance the dialogue between cultures and generations as well as the exchange of expertise and develop new tools for the promotion of singing in music education. VOICE will invest in research on the voice in partnership with universities and collect data on choral life in Europe. The 14 partners will spread the results to develop a new vision on choral singing in Europe.
Activities of VOICE from 2012 to 2015 through which these aims shall be reached include a major choral festival in Italy, an urban youth choir festival in Sweden, singing as a tool for reconciliation in Cyprus, three sessions of the Eurochoir for young singers in Czech Republic, Hungary and France, training courses and seminars for conductors and managers in Austria, France, Italy and Sweden, a conference on Mediterranean Music in Spain, a symposium on singing and music education in Hungary, a conductor symposium in France, a vocal training programme for teachers and a cooperation programme with the world of education in Belgium, research programmes on the growth of young people in relation to their singing voice and on vocal health of amateur singers, done from Belgium and Unite Kingdom, an international collection of lullabies and databases on choral life, voice-training and conductors’ training in Europe. More information will be published on www.thevoiceproject.eu