Singing Europe, a pilot study edited by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, realised in the frame of the VOICE European Cooperation project with the support of the European Union

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Bartel R

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European Choral Association (Europa Cantat)

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“Singing Europe” is a European Pilot Study on the topic of collective singing (groups of people singing together, such as choirs, vocal ensembles, a cappella groups, etc.) It was organised in the frame of “VOICE, Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe” a European Cooperation Project involving 15 partners in 11 countries, funded by the EU Culture Programme. The research was run between June 2013 and May 2015 under the supervision of the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat.

For this pilot study, statistical data was researched and compiled from all the European countries, including Russia, to provide the first ever mapping of the collective singing phenomenon in Europe. Online multilingual questionnaires were also used to collect qualitative data from individual members of over 4,000 choirs, vocal ensembles or other groups of singers across Europe. This qualitative approach provided some insights into the artistic and organisational realities of the singing groups.

The data collection provided comparable information on the spread of collective singing in 21 countries. The study’s results show that collective singing is a major cultural activity, its spread and importance seeming to have been until now underestimated in most European countries. The report is aimed at policy makers, civil society stakeholders and singers themselves, and hopes to encourage further support of this artistic and social activity.

It is hoped that Singing Europe’s study will lead to a more systematic statistical enquiry into this cultural phenomenon. One recommendation would be the inclusion of a dedicated set of questions in the Eurobarometer cultural surveys, allowing for comparative data generation across the EU.

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