The primary goal of the project Sounds of Change is to create opportunities for young music professionals to nurture and continuously develop their skills, guiding them to become successful artists.

The primary goal of the Sounds of Change project is to create opportunities for young music professionals to nurture and continuously develop their skills, guiding them to become successful artists. Participants have the opportunity to enroll in the international orchestra academy, engage in intensive chamber music exchange workshops, attend master classes, rehearse, and perform on international stages. This encourages the exchange of experience between young artists and renowned top-class musicians. Furthermore, performing on stages of diversity provides them with the deeper insight needed to discuss and improve artistic, social, political, and environmental issues.

The activities of the Sounds of Change project include four annual cycles where selected artists have access to professional experiences at the orchestra academy, tackling chamber, symphonic, and operatic repertoire while focusing on their personal growth and professional development. Participants will develop new musical compositions and multidisciplinary performative outputs, adding extra layers to the orchestral dimension.

The first and second annual cycles follow a classic orchestra academy format, including the performance of a European composer’s original piece. During this phase, participants will additionally develop the performative layers for the third and fourth annual cycles.

To stimulate the exchange between artists from different creative backgrounds and disciplines with emerging musicians, the project creates new opportunities for circus and dance artists to work on multidisciplinary levels supported by innovative dramaturgical and technical concepts.

Music can sometimes be seen as elitist and expensive for a general young audience. Sounds of Change aims to address intergenerational and diverse audiences, broadening the experience of music in a simple, attractive, and innovative way for all. The project is transforming its approach to orchestral music performances by coordinating green touring, bringing the music to ephemeral stages in abandoned natural spaces located in cities and rural areas connected to local communities (and therefore involving new audiences) throughout Europe. With this approach, the project will contribute a new perspective and scale to the sustainable touring of opera performances.

Sounds of Change promotes the arts as a tool to challenge new generations to think and reflect on the future of Europe on several levels, also outside the musical world. The project supports the sustainable evolution of a society united in diversity, facing new concerns regarding sustainable urban planning and the environment of European cities. Project partners, supporters, as well as each individual participant, will understand the differences between European regions, focusing on the multiple faces of the European identity, active citizenship, and the sense of belonging to a large European community with common goals and concerns.

The arts are a dynamic and powerful tool for social transformation through interpersonal exchange, training, and personal development, with a thematic focus on the European dimension and its environmental priorities in the orchestral field (green planning/touring) and social transformation by the arts, recognizing European values and artistic work as tools for change.

European project
Sounds of Change

Creative Europe Cooperation project (medium scale), supported by the Creative Europe (2021-2027)

– CULTURE Programme



Consortium Leader

Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra (Portugal)


ART BSA Association

International Music Festival Koblenz



Serbian National Theatre