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In the Beethoven Anniversary Year 2020: International Choir Festival "In the footsteps of Ludwig van Beethoven"

A Projekt of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat - in cooperation with MusiCultur Travel GmbH and

supported by BTHVN2020

in Bonn, the birth place of Beethoven from 28 September to 04 Oktober 2020

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In 2020 the City of Bonn celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. In the anniversary year of the great composer choirs and singers from Germany and other countries meet in Bonn to take part in the International Choir Festival for Youth and Adult Choirs „In the footsteps of Ludwig van Beethoven“.
The festival offers the opportunity to sing together with others, to meet, and to discover Beethoven’s music as well as Bonn at his birthplace. Attending choirs take part in workshops given by Jan Schumacher (DE) and Panda van Proosdij/ Hans Cassa (NL). Participating choirs can present themselves in an evening concert and an open singing in town.

Enjoy an amazing festival participation with your choir. Meet local choirs and from all over the world and share the love of choral music in the birthplace of Beethoven.

The Festival Program

Workshops for mixed youth choirs and adults

Each afternoon (from 29th  September to 03rd  October) the participants of the choir festival will meet in two workshops to learn a new program which will be presented in the final concert on 03rd October.

  • Under the motto “Music and Dance” mixed youth choirs will sing a mixed repertoire with movement and choireography with the dancer and choreographer Panda van Proosdij and the pianist Hans Cassa, both from the Netherlands. The repertoire will include a new, creative arrangement of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
  • Under the motto “Beethoven and friends” Jan Schumacher, a conductor from Limburg, Germany, who conducts ateliers and Open Singings worldwide, will work on new choir arrangements of works by Beethoven as well as other repertoire inspired by the themes of the Beethoven anniversary year. The repertoire will also include the Ode to Joy in a new version. (open to adult choirs as well as individual singers)

Open Singing

On one of the days the festival participants and Jan Schumacher will offer an Open Singing in town and sing the Ode to Joy, among others, together with the audience.

Concerts and performances of participating

Participating choirs have the opportunity to present themselves in one of the evening concerts with their own repertoire and/or perform open air in town. Upon request participating choirs can take part in a friendship concert together with a local choir from Bonn.

Connection to Beethoven Anniversary and Beethoven Festival / Flashmob on 26/9/2020

There will be the option to book an additional „Beethoven festival package“  for the days before the choir festival. Since the annual Beethoven festival 2020 will end on 27/9/2020. In addition participants will be able to buy tickets for events in the frame of the Beethoven Anniversary Year (, which will take place during this week, and no parallel program will be organised.

On 26th September there will be a choir flashmob as part of the Anniverary Year program. Upon request we will gladly organize a participation of your choir an th choir flashmob.

Our services for choir trip

  •   6 nights in a hotel or hostel in Bonn, centrally located
  •   Accommodation in double, twin, single or shared rooms with private facilities
  •    (buffet-) breakfast and city tax included
  •    Participation in the choir festival: workshops, open singing in town, evening concert, final concert on 03rd October
  •    Upon request friendship concert with a local choir
  •     In the free mornings on 29th September to 03rd October organization of additional touristic services: possibility to visit the Beethoven
        House,explore the city of Bonn during a tour with Beethoven as a child and explore the town in the footsteps of Beethoven (upon request,
        additional costs).
  •     Upon request booking of additional meals (dinner or lunch in your hotel or restaurant)
  •     1 free place based on a minimum of 25 paying participants (basis twin room, only hotel booking)

The arrival and departure to/from Bonn is to be carried out independently. Depending on your travel arrangements we will be happy to assist you with booking ground transportation (local Icoach) to/from the airport and during the festival.

Please note the deadlines of application

  • Early Bird deadline:  23/12/2019 (after this date hotels can only be booked according to availability)
  • Deadline for applications:  31/3/2020 (after this date participants can only be accepted if places are available)


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