International Song Centre Heidelberg
Heidelberg, the city of song, and the Heidelberger Frühling music festival can already justly claim to be a symbiotic twosome. With the establishment of the International Song Centre they have set their sights on the future. The Centre is designed to be a cynosure and a meeting point for international initiatives, a powerhouse, a platform, a moving force and an inspiration. In short, a workshop embracing all the centuries in which songs have been created.
The Centre will coordinate, intensify and internationalise all the activities connected with song that have always been an intrinsic feature of Baden-Württemberg’s biggest music festival. Existing festival projects like the experimental series »Lied.Lab«, scenic song productions, and the festival within a festival called »Neuland.Lied« will be joined in 2017 by the International Song Competition »Das Lied« hitherto located in Berlin. Alongside the Lied Academy it will be one of the permanent sectors of the Song Centre. Also planned is the establishment of a »Song Network«, a platform for national and international partners dedicated to the joint masterminding of projects and the assurance of their international visibility, all in the service of new impulses galvanising an ongoing discourse on the future of song as an art form.
The main aim of the International Song Centre Heidelberg is to heighten the awareness of the crucial relevance of the art-song in the minds of artists, concert organisers and audiences and to open up new perspectives for its appreciation. Notably, the Song Centre will do its utmost to further the training of young singers engaging with the Lied as an art form and to broaden traditional horizons in the repertory sector. It will dedicate its efforts to enhancing the connectivity between interpreters, composers and performing artists and pursue an interdisciplinary course taking account of diverse genres including those forms of literature especially associated with song. The Centre will do all it can to encourage innovative approaches to song composition, the development of new concert formats and productions transcending the boundaries of traditional genre definitions. The aim of the Song Centre is to offer the protagonists of song as an art form an attractive platform for their activities and an international network procuring the art-song a new standing in the concert hall by means of joint projects and new opportunities for performance. In the field of audience development the Centre will use and devise age-specific offerings designed to open the ears of children, young people and adults to the beauty and profundity of the vocal masterpieces that have come down to us.