Set up in 2006 by the Best Musicians of the World association, the Chœur à Cœur Enfants d’Europe project is for young school pupils in Europe –who want to sing together and create original works for children's choir and orchestra. Each year the children sing in a different European language.
The three main objectives are: to give the children a first taste of music-making on European exchanges, to expand and promote the repertoire of works for children's choir and orchestra, and to provide a better service for children at the paediatric cardiology department at the Necker Hospital in Paris. In 2011, the Chœur à Cœur Enfants d’Europe was awarded the European language label by the European Commission and the National Education Agency.
As part of Chœur à Cœur Enfants d’Europe Paris-Palermo 2013, the choir will sing a new piece, "La Nuit s’enfuit" by Sicilian composer Marco Betta (who won the Prix SACEM/France Musique 2011 award) in Paris on 22 May and then on 28 May in Palermo. The choir, who will sing in Italian, French and Latin, will be made up of children from the César Franck School in Paris and the Maria Adelaide School from Palermo.
For this unique concert, which is also part of ARCFA's 10th birthday celebrations, George Pehlivanian will conduct the Orchestre Excellence France, which he set up for this project, carrying on in the footsteps of the Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, founded in 1929 by Pierre Monteux and Albert Cortot.
Among those playing at the concert will be Nicolas Dautricourt, Gérard Caussé and Henri Demarquette, who Pehlivanian will join on the violin for a performance of Verdi's string quartet.