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Symposium, Aix-en-Provence, 8 & 9 July 2015

The European Culture and Education Symposium 2015 was held in Aix-en-Provence on 8 and 9 July. Organized by the Passerelles unit of the Festival d’Aix-en Provence in collaboration with RESEO (Réseau européen pour la sensibilisation à l’opéra et à la danse / European network to promote opera and dance) and the AFO (Association Française des Orchestres / French Orchestras Association), this event offered professionals from the cultural and mediation sectors, schools and associations, teachers, students and artists an opportunity to share experiences on the creation and dissemination of live performance.

Under the title Associating professional and amateur artists in a European creative project, the Symposium’s seventh edition set the spotlight on The Monster in the Maze. While also examining several other projects involving amateurs, international or not, the Symposium addressed the issue of the artistic added-value that these young people and adults bring to such creative projects, and to the institutions that initiated them.

  • How can such a European project combine both the common and the unique?
  • What can be shared in common?
  • Wherin lies that which is unique?
  • What are the challenges for the composer and the dramaturge?
  • How can one succeed in this threefold artistic, participative and pedagogical ambition?
  • What mix of skills must each party bring to the process?
  • For the amateurs, what is the definition of a European project, and what are the objectives?
  • Can a project of this nature meet the professional requirements of young musicians today?

These are but some of the many questions that set the framework for discussion and debate for the large audience in attendance for these two days.

In parallel, on 9 July, “Culture Num” held a second edition centred on the question of digital technology in the mediation, creation and dissemination of live performance. This enabled a continuation of the exchanges initiated around The Monster in the Maze, in particular by examining the digital platform as it was developed by the London Symphony Orchestra in the context of their production of the work. The sessions brought together specialists on these issues, with exchanges and the sharing of experiences, testimonials and presentations of projects. An interesting synergy developed between these two initiatives. The common session which closed the Symposium and Culture Num bore witness to this.


  • Bernard Foccroulle, General Director of the Festival d’Aix
  • Isabel Joly, Director of RESEO
  • Philippe Fanjas, Director of the AFO
  • Jonathan Dove, composer, The Monster in the Maze
  • Alasdair Middleton, librettist, The Monster in the Maze
  • Alain Perroux, Dramaturge and Artistic Advisor of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
  • Katie Tearle, Head of Opera and Dance and Strategic Planning, Edition Peters
  • Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Andra East, Choral Projects Manager, London Symphony Orchestra
  • Annechien Koerselman, stage director
  • Tobias Walenciak, choirmaster
  • Émilie Delorme, Director of the Académie du Festival d’Aix
  • Chris Gray, Director of the Youth Opera Company CONNECT (Scottish Opera)
  • Benjamin Dupé, composer
  • Frédérique Tessier, Head of the Education Department of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
  • Angela Stricker, Project Manager of the Education Department of the Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Jean-Marc Bador, Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon
  • Dominique Hervieu, Director of the Maison de la Danse
  • Airan Berg, former Artistic Coordinator, Lecce 2019
  • Simon Halsey, choir master
  • Marie-Ève Signeyrole, stage director
  • Valérie Chevalier, Général Director of the Opéra et Orchestre national de Montpellier
  • Philippe Franceschi, Frédéric Isoletta and Blaise Plumettaz, choir masters
  • Quentin Hindley, musical assistant
  • Camille Pernelet, RESEO
  • Lucy Lowe, Head of Educational Department of the Glyndebourne Festival
  • Jorge Prendas, Head of Educational Department of the Casa da Musica
  • Jo Johnson, Senior Marketing Manager, London Symphony Orchestra
  • William Benedetto, General Manager of the Alhambra