• Vocal festival in 2014 from May 1 to May 5

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  • A Taste of Neerpelt

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  • International fraternization between young people in Neerpelt (Belgium)

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  • EMJ 2014

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  • From May 1 to May 5, 2014 Neerpelt (Belgium) will be bubbling again with the musical talents of choirs, not only within European borders, but also far beyond. Every two years more than 90 choirs take part in this international get-together
  • Thursday 1 May - Market square Neerpelt - 17:00 - 00:30 Will be performing : Lema • Gentle & the men • Untitled • Jeugdharmonie Hamont-Schoot • Showkoor Rise Up • Zanggroep Just Music • Funky ‘D’ • Voice Male
  • With the “Alle Menschen werden Brüder”-device in mind, EMY alternately organizes a vocal and an instrumental festival. The European Music Festival is more than ever an event where youngsters from various countries and cultures meet and appreciate each other through singing and music.

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200 children sing the festival song
“Never change a winning team”, hoor je wel eens zeggen in sportmiddens. Ook het Europees...
Visit the jury concerts
The European Music Festival for Young People (May 1 to 5) is a Festival with multiple concerts and...
EMY opens with riveting kick-off
Just like last year the 62nd European Music Festival for Young People (May 1 to 5) will start off...
EMY welcomes the Liverpool Signing Choir
The European Music Festival for Young People aims at stimulating youngsters to sing and to make...
Imago Tijl to China
As an Ambassador of the European Music Festival for Young People the Neerpelt dance-group Imago...
3600 young voices to sing at the 62nd EMJ
Enrolment for participation in the 62nd edition of EMY, from May 1 to May 5, 2014, has been...
27 international jury members to evaluate 101 choirs
The members of the jury who are to judge all 101 participating choirs from a constructive angle,...
Almost 100 subscriptions to EMY 2014
The organizers of the 62nd European Music Festival for Young people – a vocal edition from May 1...
Composers
Jan Coeck Jan Coeck was born in 1950 in Wilrijk (Belgium)He teaches at the Lemmensinstitute in...
Six new compulsory songs
Since 1962 the compulsory songs have been a permanent part of the repertory to be performed by the...
Simplicity to adorn the 62nd Festival poster
Year after year EMY introduces itself by means of a new poster. The 62nd poster to announce the...

Kick-off 1 May

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    The Kick-off is the official start of the 62nd Festival. All participants and pupils from the local primary schools, get together in a bubbling Festival-hall in a relaxing, chilling and friendly atmosphere. Here we welcome the European youth to a sparkling show with an abundance of music.

A Taste of Neerpelt 1 May

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    Come and enjoy “A Taste of Neerpelt”, an event with music, fireworks and tasty snacks and drinks. Everybody is welcome from 5.00 p.m. on in the market-square of Neerpelt to enjoy music and food.  Neerpelt and EMJ will be bubbling as from the very first minute on.

Sing a Song 2 May

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    Youth choirs from all over Flanders, plus a number of foreign EMJ-choirs, will team up to form a large choir, especially for this event. In the course of Sing a Song all participating EMJ choirs together with the one-event-choir will make you experience what it feels like to sing together. Music as the international language of joy and friendship. 

"Sweet, sweet music" 3 May

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    “Notes will sparkle, eyes may beam, sounds and rhymes, sweet musical dream, friendship, joy and fraternization, generating youthful wonder and admiration. With sweet music from various European regions our musical guests touch our hearts. Neerpelt temporarily turns into the musical and humane centre of Europe”.

What is EMJ about?

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    Year after year the European Musicfestival for Young People manages to hand out basketfuls of joy and friendship to thousands of young musicians and vocalists within Europe.  It all comes true thanks to the non-competitive instrumental or vocal character of EMY, its joy, its friendship, its fraternization, its hospitality and the voluntary efforts of hundreds of volunteers. 
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Music and fraternization

  • Besides the many jury-concerts you can attend a lot of other musical events such as fraternization concerts, happenings, parades, outdoor concerts and the like. No doubt you wish to enjoy the atmosphere of joy, friendship and fraternization of our latest edition again, don't you?
    Enjoy the video and go to edition 2013.

  • andrew1Regarding the jury performances, it seemed like there was music being played everywhere. It is incredible to have over 4000 young musicians from across Europe & beyond in one place. It is an experience that all participants will surely remember forever. I think the EMY is the largest one of its kind. The festival is very well run and it is a great experience for a group to attend. 
    Andrew Cruickshank - Member of the Jury EMY 2013

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