The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives. See here for more about ECHO.
Each year ECHO nominates a group of exceptional artists as its Rising Stars. The selected artists are offered the opportunity to present an engaging musical programme of their own choosing in venues across the ECHO network. See here for more news about this year’s Rising Stars artists and their tour dates.
ECHO organises regular meetings and shared learning opportunities for colleagues from its member halls, as well as larger scale seminars open to colleagues from across the wider sector in Europe and beyond. See here for upcoming network activities and see below for a short video introducing the work of the ECHO network.
For the period 2018 – 2021 ECHO is the lead partner of a Creative Europe supported platform entitled Classical Futures Europe, dedicated to supporting emerging classical music talent in Europe. Classical Futures Europe unites both ECHO and non-ECHO halls, creating new alliances and opportunities for emerging artists, presenters and audiences alike.
Keychange – gender equality in the music sector
ECHO is delighted to have signed up to the Keychange project, part of European wide movement committed to achieving gender equality in the music sector. One aspect of ECHO’s three part pledge for Keychange is achieving a 50/50 gender balance in our commission and co-commission across a 5 year period covering the artistic seasons 2017/2018 to 2021/2022.
Europe’s Music of the Day – nightly streaming from ECHO’s halls across Europe
Across Europe most of our member are temporarily closed, this is an essential measure which we take very seriously as part of the essential civic effort we must all take to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Music and Arts of course go on, more so than ever in times of adversity. As venues across Europe the ECHO halls wanted to join together and to collaborate in order to offer you a selection of wonderful music from many of Europe’s leading concert halls, delivered direct to your homes.
We invite you to travel virtually with us around these beautiful European venues and cities, in a series of wonderful performances, streamed nightly via the facebook pages of 17 of ECHO’s member halls at 20:00 CEST. #europesmusicoftheday #togetherathome #safeandsound
For full details of upcoming streams see ‘news and activities’ page.
Effect of COVID-19 on the Cultural and Creative sectors.
ECHO has joined with many colleagues across Europe to actively advocate for emergency measures to help mitigate the devastating effects to our sector of the current public health crisis. See here for a response led by Culture Action Europe.