International Round Table Conference

Goal and targeted audience

The International Round Table Conference (IRTC) is held prior to each European Championships for Wind Orchestras (ECWO).


International Round Table Conference 2023
Conservatory of Amiens (FR)

"What are the different wind orchestra conducting courses for young people in each European country and how can we improve and network them?"

Presented by ECWO, CISM, AFEEV and CMF.

Three 10-minute contributions by Vicente Cerda Garcia, President of the Confederacion Espanola de Sociedes Musicales, Mitja Dragolič, Music director of the Zveza Slovenskih Godb and Jan van den Eijnden, cultural education officer LKCA.

Followed by discussions on how to initiate Europe wide work, to identify all initial and formal, but also ongoing and non-formal, courses and workshops. How to inform all potential young conductors, already in training and/or who wish to improve their skills. How to build bridges between the different training courses in each country.

Introduced and concluded by Ludovic Laurent-Testoris,Vice-president of the Confédération musicale de France and member of CISM board. Moderated by Bill Connor, president of the British association of symphonic bands and wind ensembles and music officer in the ECWO board.

International Round Table Conference 2018
BOZAR Brussel (BE)

"The impact of playing music on society"

VLAMO and the ECWO board are pleased to present “The impact of playing music on society”, an international symposium preceding ECWO 2018. On the eve of the second European Championship for Wind Orchestras, we hope to inspire you with thoughts and reflections about the social impact of making music.

A panel of three speakers will take up these questions and together with us, discuss the social impact of making music. Harrie Reumkens (NL), artistic manager of the World Music Concours (WMC) Kerkrade (NL), Lukas Pairon (BE) is a doctoral student at Ghent University and the founding member of the international research platform SIMM (Social Impact of Making Music) and Bill Connor (UK), president of BASBWE (UK) and member of ECWO.

International Round Table Conference 2016
Old Council Room of the Utrecht Town Hall (NL)

"Music education for children in primary schools"

Prior to the first European Championship for Wind Orchestras (ECWO), which was held on May 21st, 2016 by KNMO in the TivoliVredenburg concert hall in Utrecht, an International Round Table Conference (IRTC) took place on May 20th. The conference was organised by KNMO in cooperation with ECWO and WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles). This IRTC took place in the attractive old town council room of the Utrecht town hall. Moderator of the IRTC was Raymond Knops, member of the Dutch parliament and music lover.
The main theme of the IRTC was music education for children in primary schools.

Key note speeches were given by Bill Connor (UK), Karl Ole Mitbø (N), Jan Matthys (BE) and Arend Nijhuis (NL).

Location 2023

Conservatory of Amiens


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