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Feb

28

Professor Peter Godfrey, Father of New Zealand Choral Music

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Six choirs, including over 200 singers and soloist Janey MacKenzie, celebrate the life and leadership of Professor Peter Godfrey CBE, with introductions by Christine Argyle and addresses by Peter Averi, John Rosser and Simon Bowden.

Professor Peter Godfrey Photo: Jay Berryman

Born in England in 1922, Peter Godfrey was educated at King’s College in Cambridge. During the Second World War he served as a Captain in the King’s African Rifles. He later returned to Cambridge University to continue his studies, then attended the Royal College of Music and was Music Master at various schools and Director of Music at Marlborough College. In 1958, Peter came to New Zealand to take up the position of Lecturer in Music at Auckland University, which he held from 1958-1973, later becoming Professor of Music (1974-1982).

In his address at the Memorial Service, long-time friend and collaborator Peter Averi said:

“Looking back over Peter’s life, his inexhaustible energy and encouragement never […]

Feb

27

Obituary: Krikor Chetinyan, Bulgaria

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Famous choral conductor and pedagogue from Bulgaria, Krikor Chetinyan passed away on January 28, 2018 at the age of 75. Krikor Chetinyan was one of the most important choral directors in Bulgaria and a long service associate professor and Head of Conducting at the Academy of Music and Dance Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His artistic life is bound with the Female Chamber Choir and the Plovdiv Choral Singing Society “Angel Bukureshtliev”. Both of them approach high level and international recognition. Krikor Chetinyan had been invited as a member of many international festivals and competitions such as in Tolosa, Arezzo, Seghizzi, Gorizia, Riva del Garda and others.

Feb

27

News from the International Music Council

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Thanks to its cooperation with the International Theatre Institute (ITI), members of the International Music Council are invited to submit new opera and music theatre works to be considered for the prize presented by Music Theatre NOW, a network of ITI.

The jury welcomes submissions that demonstrate dynamism textually, in genre, score, or staging created by opera and theatre institutions, festivals or individuals.

Special attention will be given to works, whose musical and theatrical vocabulary originates from outside of the Western European tradition.

Music Theatre NOW offers a unique opportunity in this area of the arts. Since 2008 more than 1000 world premieres of new opera and music theatre have been entered into this prestigious competition, bringing together practitioners and presenters. Former winners have performed at festivals around the world. Music Theatre NOW has been the launch pad for many successful international careers.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2018. Do not miss […]

Feb

27

In the Steps of Conductors Without Borders in Italy

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Liberi di Cantare (Free to Sing), Italy

With the support of the Department of Jails, the implementation of the Officine Musicali and the Cuminetti Association, and the artistic development of M° Matteo Magistrali and M° Luca Pasqua; Liberi di Cantare (Free to Sing) is a new choir that started its activities in September 2017, as both a cultural and an educational initiative in the prison of Milan-Bollate. This is only one of thousands of its kind around the world, and a superb reminder of the power choral music has as a vehicle for social integration and rehabilitation of prisoners. A few days before Christmas 2017, a noticeably moved Director of the Milan-Bollate prison, Dott. Massimo Parisi, addressed choristers after their very first performance with these simple but weighted words:

“I am certain that this activity is giving you the opportunity to improve your relationships here, within the prison, and at the same […]

Feb

27

In the Steps of Conductors Without Borders in Gabon

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Encounter at the Heart of the Baroque Art in Gabon

Two concerts called ‘Encounter at the Heart of the Baroque Art’ were organized on February 9 and 10, 2018 in Libreville, Gabon, an initiative of Thierry Thiébaut, President of A Cœur Joie International, and Yveline Damas, President of A Cœur Joie Gabon.

The aim of this project was to bring together two cultures from two different continents (Africa and Europe) in a concert performed by European and African instrumentalists, and African soloists and choristers. Six European and two Gabonese instrumentalists, together with 50 singers of A Coeur Joie Gabon’s chorus performed Pachelbel’s Magnificat in D major and Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major, RV589, led by Thierry Thiébaut.

This project was prepared during six months by the trainees of Conductors Without Borders’ previous sessions and the singers of the choir in residence of these sessions.

Two Gabonese songs were sung at the end of each […]

Feb

20

News from the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat: Eurochoir

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EuroChoir 2018 | Finland/Estonia | 19/07/2018 to 01/08/2018

The EuroChoir is now recruiting singers for its 2018 summer session

Did you know that this summer, 50 selected singers coming from all over Europe will meet for two weeks of intense music-and-friend making in Finland and Estonia?

Two unforgettable weeks of shared fun and rehearsals under the guidance of two exciting conductors, climaxing in their performances in the frame of the EUROPA CANTAT festival, that gathers vocal lovers from all over Europe!

Since 1982, the EuroChoir has been gathering singers under 30, thus fostering, year after year, the emergence of an ever expanding network of choral friends across Europe, sharing their passion across the borders.

Today, we are recruiting the next generation of European singers!

Press contact:
Giulia Lodi at communication@EuropeanChoralAssociation.org

What?
7  full days of work in Helsinki (Finland), followed by 5 days of rehearsal and performance in the EUROPA CANTAT festival in Tallinn (Estonia)!

Singers will work and perform under […]

Jan

31

News from the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM12 – 2020)

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The IFCM Board is happy to announce the name of the IFCM representatives in the WSCM12 – 2020:

WSCM12 Administrative Committee:

Emily Kuo Vong (Portugal, USA, Macau)
Gábor Móczár (Hungary)
Ki Adams (Canada)

WSCM12 Artistic Committee:

Tim Sharp (USA)
Jean-Claude Wilkens (France)
Jonathan Velasco (Philippines)

Jan

30

Famous Bulgarian choral conductor and pedagogue Krikor Chetinyan passed away on January 28, 2018

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Krikor Chetinyan ( 1943 – 2018)  was one of the most important choral directors in Bulgaria and long service associate professor and Head of Conducting at the Academy of Music and Dance Plovdiv, Bulgaria. His artistic life is bound  with the Female Chamber Choir and the Plovdiv Choral Singing Society ” Angel Bukureshtliev”. Both of them approached high level and international recognition. Krikor Chetinyan had been invited as a member of many international festivals and competitions such  as in Tolosa, Arezzo, Seghizzi, Gorizia, Riva del Garda and others. 

 

 

Jan

30

Elise Bradley Receives Royal Honour from New Zealand

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The Toronto Children’s Chorus is honoured and thrilled to congratulate Artistic Director Elise Bradley who has been recently named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), ‘for services to Music’ during her distinguished 40-year career.

Ms. Bradley’s award, recently approved by Queen Elizabeth II, has just been published in New Zealand in the 2018 New Year Royal Honours List. A passionate and powerful force in the growth of choral music in New Zealand and, for the past ten years, in Canada, she is held in very high regard internationally as a conductor, educator, clinician, and adjudicator.