The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice has been invited to join the European Concert Hall Organisation bringing together the best concert halls of Europe. Thanks to the efforts of Ewa Bogusz-Moore, new General and Programme Director, the NOSPR has become a member in the network of 21 leading opinion-forming European institutions of the classical music world. Membership in the network is only possible by invitation from a member of the organisation.
Barbican Centre London, Musikverein Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Philharmonie de Paris are some of the members of the European Concert Hall Organisation (or ECHO for short), which brings together the most prestigious concert halls of the Old Continent. These institutions play a special role in setting the tone for the music life in Europe and in inspiring new trends in culture. The organisation has recently been joined by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, whose spectacular concert hall is regarded as acoustically one of the world’s best concert venues.
Among the 21 halls that comprise the ECHO network, the NOSPR is the second institution, after Müpa Budapest, from Central-Eastern Europe. And Ewa Bogusz-Moore is the second of only two women directors who represent their institutions in ECHO. It is worth noting that the NOSPR was invited to join the network by Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Director of Elbphilharmonie, after the orchestra’s September concert in Hamburg. “Joining this exceptional group gives us the opportunity to truly shape the European music life,” says Ewa Bogusz-Moore. “By collaborating with other ECHO institutions, we will be able to invite to Katowice the best European orchestras more often than we have so far; and vice versa, we hope that thanks to this cooperation, our orchestra will more often appear in Europe’s greatest concert halls and in the major music festivals.”