It all began in 2009 when the European Medical Students’ Orchestra (EMSO) and European Students’ Choir (EMSC) joined forces. The result was a series of concerts in Ljubljana and Piran, Slovenia under the direction of two highly skilled and dedicated conductors – Martina Batič and Marjan Grdadolnik. The union of orchestra and choir was so successful that the cooperation of EMSO en EMSC continued under a new name: the European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir, or EMSOC.
Nowadays, EMSOC welcomes medical students from all over Europe, with a passion for music, for 10 days of intense rehearsals and fun cultural activities.
The history of EMSOC
1993-2009: European Medical Students’ Orchestra
EMSO was founded in Wurzburg, Germanu in 1993. The orchestra consists of medical students and young doctors from all over Europe, all of whom have talent and passion for playing music. Each year, the orchestra meets in a different European city for around 10 days of intensive rehearsals and social activities, culminating in several fantastic concerts. Each course is organised by medical students and junior doctors in the particular host country.
Since its origins as a chamber orchestra in 1993, EMSO has grown in size and popularity to a full symphony orchestra of about 60 musicians from more than 20 European countries. Over the years, EMSO has had a great deal of scope owing to the excellent standard of its performances. In Ljubljana, 1996, the orchestra’s performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was sold out, and the concert was broadcasted on Slovenian national radio. In Budapest in 2002, a Hungarian journalist wrote that the orchestra’s performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto was “thrilling from beginning to the end”. In Poznan, 2004, the concert was attended by more than a thousand listeners in addition to being broadcasted by Polish national radio. In a similar way, EMSO has been greeted within various European cities by several notable figures. In Aberdeen, 1999, the orchestra was invited to dine with the Lord Mayor of Aberdeen, and in Porto, 2001, it was welcomed by the Portuguese Culture Secretary.
Since 2009, Europan medical students’ orchestra joined forces with European medical students’ choir to form European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC).
1996-2009: European Medical Students’ Choir (EMSC)
EMSC was founded in London, England, in 1996, by Vasuki Sivagnavel. The choir consists of medical students and young doctors from all over Europe, all of whom have a talent and a passion for singing. Each year, the choir meets in a different European city for around 10 days of intensive rehearsals and social activities, culminating in several fantastic concerts. Each course is organised by medical students and junior doctors in the particular host country.
Since its beginnings in 1996, EMSC events took place up to twice a year until 2006, when EMSC took a three-year break. In 2009, EMSC returned better than ever – it combined forces with EMSO forming European Medical Students’ Orchestra and Choir (EMSOC).
Previous EMSOC/EMSO/EMC locations:
EMSOC 2017 Switzerland
EMSOC 2016 Prague, Czech Republic
EMSOC 2015 Warsaw, Poland
EMSOC 2014 Bilbao, Spain
EMSOC 2013 Szeged, Hungary
EMSOC 2012 Rijeka, Croatia
EMSOC 2011 Gießen, Germany
EMSOC 2010 Manchester, United Kingdom
EMSOC 2009 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EMSO 2008 Rome, Italy
EMSO 2007 Szolnok/Szeged, Hungary
EMSO 2006 Bristol, UK
EMSO 2005 Oslo, Norway
EMSO 2004 Poznan/Gdansk, Poland
EMSO 2003 Prague, Czech Republic
EMSO 2002 Budapest/Szeged, Hungary
EMSO 2001 Porto/Salamanca, Portugal
EMSO 2000 Basel, Switzerland
EMSO 1998 Stockholm, Sweden
EMSO 1997 Barcelona, Spain
EMSO 1996 Ljubljana, Slovenia
EMSO 1995 Oxford/London, UK
EMSO 1994 Freiburg, Germany
EMSO 1993 Würzburg, Germany
EMSC 2004 (spring) Heidelberg, Germany
EMSC 2003 (spring) Porto, Portugal
EMSC 2002 (spring) Berlin, Germany
EMSC 2001 (autumn) Edinburgh, Scotland
EMSC 2001 (easter) Riga, Latvia
EMSC 2000 (autumn) Warszawa, Poland
EMSC 2000 (easter) Valladolid, Spain
EMSC 1999 (easter) Stockholm, Sweden
EMSC 1998 (autumn) Budapest, Hungary
EMSC 1998 (easter) Ljubljana, Slovenia
EMSC 1997 Berlin, Germany
EMSC 1996 London, England