April 22nd – April 24th 2016
Creating a European network for student orchestras calls for some strong connections, or links. From our festival experience, we’ve learned that the conductors of student orchestras are unique characters. They are more than musical leaders. They inspire students, beyond their university obligations, to also commit to experiencing classical music… together. This makes us partners with the same goal.
Along with organising the festivals, ESOF wants to build a platform for the student conductors. Therefore we need a strong channel of communication for the transfer of information between conductors and orchestras. We lessen the distance between the orchestras by bringing together the musical competence, experience of the orchestras and, with them attempt to fashion a possible ‘long-term vision’ for a European Student Orchestra network.
Arrival & Check-in
Hotel check-in from 14:00 on. After check-in, conductors are welcome to attend the dress rehearsal of the National Orchestra of Belgium in Brussels. Visitors may get to Brussels on their own or can gather at the train station of Leuven at 18:00 to travel together to Brussels for the rehearsal.
Reception & Welcome
At 19:00 all participants are welcome in the restaurant ‘Les Artisans du Goût’ for a drink and light dinner. As ‘cultural opening’ to this colloquium we will be attending a performance by the National Orchestra of Belgium in the beautiful Henry Le Boeuf concert hall of BOZAR. The program features: Gustav Mahler’s ‘Blumine’, Concerto for piano by Robert Schuman and Symphony No.1 “Titan” by again Gustav Mahler. Afterwards is a meet-and-greet with the conductor, Andrey Boreyko. The trip back to Leuven finishes off the day.
Workshops & Presentations
The second day of the colloquium is filled with workshops and presentations tailored to our participants: workshops specific for conductors of youth orchestras and presentations on new techniques and technology developed within the music world. The main goal of these workshops is to expand and develop the knowledge of the conductors, so they can continue their job for many years. The sharing of experiences can bring the conductors closer together and can positively facilitate the exchange among the different student orchestras of Europe. You will soon find more information concerning the specific workshops and presentations in a new tab on the website. If you would like to be kept up-to-date personally, send us your e-mail address.
Around the table discussion
To stay up to date with the needs and questions coming from student orchestra conductors, we want you all to join us in an around the table discussion. Firstly, during a debate, we would like to check with you how we can fulfill the intellectual and organisational challenges endured by a conductor, in charge of leading a student orchestra. Next, during an easy atmosphere, culinary dinner, we would like to openly discuss future plans and new projects. During this around the table discussion and dinner, the ESOF-team will reveal its plans for the next 2017 festival and how it perceives the future of the European Student Orchestra Festival network. Afterwards all participants are free to enjoy Leuven by night or to head back to the hotel in enlightened spirit!
Hour of Culture & Goodbye
On Sunday, day 3, we offer our participants a cultural excursion. For some it perhaps will be a first visit to Belgium and we would like to share all good that Belgium has to offer. We will foresee some time for further discussion about the past days and pause to formulate some thoughts about the colloquium. With this the colloquium will end and we hope that all participants will return to their orchestra, embracing the feeling that ties are forged and that we will see each other again in the near future.