Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Essays

Essay contest RCO meets Europe

Essays by five European writers

From 2016 to 2018, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) is visiting all the member states of the European Union. As part of this special initiative, the RCO has asked five European writers about the meaning of music in their lives, each of whom has now written an essay based on the theme of RCO meets Europe. The writers are An De Bisschop, Amparo Serrano de Haro, Dave Sinardet, Erna Hennicot-Schoepges and Lasha Bugadze.

Inviting young writers in Europe aged 18 to 30

The essays are meant to be a source of inspiration for young, talented European writers. The RCO is now inviting young people in Europe aged 18 to 30 to submit their own essays while the RCO meets Europe initiative is under way. Essays should be at least 300, and no more than 500, words long, focusing on the role that music (classical or another genre) plays in the essayist’s own life. Those having penned the best essays will be invited to spend an all-inclusive cultural weekend for two in Amsterdam. The best essays will also be published following RCO meets Europe.

Submissions

Submissions and any questions should be directed to essaycontest@rcoamsterdam.com.

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Rules and conditions

With submission of your essay you agree with the rules and conditions.

read the rules and conditions

 
Deadline per country
  • Germany - 6 December 2017
  • Romania - 24 December 2017
  • Hungary - 14 January 2018
  • Spain - 20 May 2018
  • Portugal - 21 May 2018
  • Czech Republic- 15 Augst 2018
  • France - 17 August 2018

Deadlines are closed for residents from Ireland, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Austria, Slovakia and United Kingdom.