ESO'21 - Covid edition

The ESO will gather…

… In one way or another

Just like many other organisations in the sociocultural field, the ESO and its mother organisation ESOF are suffering more and more from the consequences of the COVID crisis: funding is dropping, big differences between measures in different European countries remain, and the possibilities for international travel this summer are still unclear. 

To our great regret, we had to make the difficult decision to modify the original concept of the 2021 ESO edition. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be able to welcome all ESO members in Belgium for a joint project as planned. This has been a hard decision, but we are confident that it is the only right decision for everyone’s health and safety.

But no worries: we are working out an alternative concept, an ESO edition that is totally suited for these COVID times.

The aim of the ESO is to bring students – from all over Europe – who share the same passion, together and make music. And exactly this is what we want to continue doing. Because we are a group of over a hundred musicians from about 17 countries, the circumstances still prohibit us from coming together in one country. But why not have several smaller ESO-ensembles all over Europe? This is our plan:

  • In each country, we form a smaller ensemble with all the interested ESO musicians. The size and composition of these ensembles will vary, but this will undoubtedly result in beautiful encounters.
  • Each ensemble will get together, rehearse and record the result.
  • Each ensemble will play a part of a bigger theme. 
  • We record a separate video for each ensemble. Together we will edit these videos into one big ESO concert. 

In this way, we will let all people know that music is still being played all over Europe!

The ESO’21 Covid Edition will take place in the Summer of 2021. The different music pieces, played by the country ensembles, will be combined into one big ESO concert.

All separate music pieces played by each country will be combined into one big ESO concert. The theme of this concert will be announced on this page in the coming weeks.

“OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE WITH ONLY 10 HOURS OF REHEARSAL (this is no cap-lock, this is my enthusiasm!)”

~ anonymous participant of ESO’17