Eric Ericson, one of the leading figures behind the 'Swedish choral miracle' and one of the world's foremost choir artists, passed away on February 16th.
During his long and illustrious career, Ericson greatly influenced choral music in Sweden and internationally.
Ericson was a conductor for the male-voice choir Orphei Drängar, principal conductor for the Swedish Radio Choir (1952-1983), a teacher at Stockholm's Royal College of Music and the founder of the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir.
He led a number of elite ensembles and was deeply involved in encouraging amateur choir communities too.
In 1997, Ericson was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize.
The diverse global membership of IMC has recently been even more enriched by the International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA).
CERDOTOLA was established in 1977 on the initiative of 10 Central African countries, with the support of the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation (ACCT – today's International Organisation of La Francophonie) and UNESCO, as an intergovernmental institution that promotes cooperation in scientific research for the preservation, dissemination and enhancement of African heritage.
Established on the initiative of ten Central African countries, CERDOTOLA works for subregional cooperation in the fields of culture and human and social sciences, campaigning for the protection, safeguarding and promotion of African cultural heritage.
Paris, May 29, 2012. The 59th International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) took place at the Radiohuset in Stockholm, May 22 - 25 2012, organised by the International Music Council and Swedish Radio.
The 2012 Rostrum gathered representatives from 27 national radio networks from four continents, which presented 50 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. Finnish Radio Executive Producer Heikki Valsta chaired the sessions. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates selected and recommended the most important works in two categories: general and "young composers". These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations.
The International Rostrum of Composers is an international forum of representatives from broadcasting organisations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary music. The Rostrum was founded in 1954 as a flagship project of the International Music Council, the world's leading membership-based professional organisation dedicated to the promotion of the value of music in the lives of all peoples. This year's 59th edition of the Rostrum will be hosted for the first time in the project's history by Swedish Radio in Stockholm from May 22nd to 25th.
The conference was held in cooperation by the European Music Council (EMC) and Borusan Arts and Culture and was opened by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova claiming the importance of musical diversity for societies in a globalised world.
The Forum provided a packed programme with panel discussions, workshops, project and paper presentations and wonderful concerts. Highly inspiring and interesting project and paper presentations showed the variety of musical projects in Europe and beyond – preparing the ground for new collaborations.
For more information please read the press release.
Alongside the 2nd European Forum on Music, taking place from 19 to 22 April in Istanbul, Turkey, the EMC Annual Meeting took place including elections for the EMC Board 2012–2014. The new board consists of
• Stef Coninx, Chairman (Belgium)
• Christian Höppner, Vice-Chair (Germany)
• Ian Smith Treasurer, (UK)
• Erling Aksdal (Norway)
• Claire Goddard (UK/Germany)
• Helena Maffli-Nissinen (Switzerland/Finland)
• Kaie Tanner (Estonia)
• Katharine Lane (UK) as a co-opted Working Group Youth member
For more information please read the press release on the 2nd European Forum on Music .
- IMC represented at the celebrations of the International Jazz Day at UNESCO headquarters
- Youth encounters at the European Forum on Music
- Young people from all over the world meet at the Menuhin Competition
- 2011 "NEW TALENT" Competition laureate announced
- Music Empowers Global Youth
- Winners of the 2011 IMC Musical Rights Awards
- 4th IMC World Forum on Music - A Great Success
- Vienna hosts contemporary music programme