In 2016 we invited talented young European writers to pen down an essay focusing on the role that music (classical or another genre) plays in the essayist’s own life, while the RCO meets Europe initiative is under way. Hereby we present the best entries so far. The authors of these essays have a chance to win an all-inclusive cultural weekend for two in Amsterdam. For the seasons 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 entering new essays will only be possible for authors who are residing in the countries we will visit and who are aged between 18 and 30. The winner will be announced in 2019.