ESOF '20 - Ghent

European Student Orchestra Festival

Wind Band


April 15th – April 19th 2020

We are all faced with unprecedented challenges as the COVID-19 pandemia requires us to maintain social distancing and other protective measures.

As the health and safety of all our participants are our priority, and in line with the instructions of the Belgian Federal authorities, we are looking into the options to find an alternative date to postpone our festival in the course of next year.

Thank you for your patience and stay safe and at home.

For interested University Wind Ensembles

Welcome to Ghent

We welcome you to Ghent, the capital of East-Flanders, Belgium. We cannot reveal too much yet, but make sure to bring shoes for walking; you don’t want to miss walking the cobbled streets and discovering all that the city has to offer!

Arrangements and Activities

Of course, we will arrange a place to sleep, to eat, and most importantly to practice. All orchestras will perform a concert. But there is more to life than practice and sleep, and we will offer social and cultural activities to get to know the city and the other students participating – after all this is about music, but also about getting to know other students from different places.

Practical Info

The price is 185 euro per person. 

 This includes: 

  • Four nights in youth hostel / sleeping hall
  • Full board  
  • Access to all ESOF concerts 
  • Access to all group planned activities 
  • Use of a rehearsal room and concert hall (for dress rehearsal and concert) 
  • Bus parking  

This does not include: 

  • Transportation to and from Ghent 


  • You provide maximum 45 min of music 
  • Preferably all pieces of at least grade 4 
  • ESOF will provide music stands and chairs 
  • ESOF will provide some large percussion instruments, no small percussion (contact us in case of question about availability) 


  • One rehearsal and a dress rehearsal in the concert hall will be provided 
  • ESOF will provide music stands and chairs 
  • ESOF will provide some large percussion instruments, no small percussion (contact us in case of question about availability)

Organizing Team

Main lead

Jasper Moreels 

Filip Deblaere
Wouter Dedeurwaerder
Leen Maes
Eva Steyaert
Jacob Surdiacourt
Roeland Van de Velde
Freija Vandevenne
Arne Vandewalle 

If we all end up in prison one day for illegal music downloads, I can only hope that they divide us by music genres.