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Mar

01

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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BARCELONA, 22 – 29 JULY 2017

Have you reserved your place to hear some of the world’s greatest choirs in one of the world’s most beautiful cities?

 

Discover the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11!

The Barcelona Symposium has special characteristics making it different from past Symposia.  Barcelona, capital of the Mediterranean, open to the sea and with an important historic heritage opens the Symposium to the city and to Catalonia. The choirs selected will perform not only for the symposium participants, but also for the choral music fans, with concerts open to the public in different locations of Barcelona and its surroundings. However, there is more! and that is why the Barcelona Symposium will incorporate a new way for Choirs from all around the world to participate: Choirs which have not been selected or Choirs interested in participating actively in lectures and in performing. These choirs will also join the symposium musical ambiance offering concerts […]

Mar

01

World Youth Choir Session 2017

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We are happy to announce that, after the success of the EUROPA CANTAT XIX Festival in 2015, the World Youth Choir session for 2017 (July 4-25) will be held in Pécs, Hungary with a following tour in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary.

The selected singers for 2017 will have the chance to perform both classical and folk arrangements directed by conductors Zoltan Pad (Hungary) and Ken Wakia (Kenya).

Please visit the www.worldyouthchoir.org website in order to find further details on your national recruiters and on how to prepare your audition.

The World Youth Choir needs you! Are you ready to join?

Mar

01

News from the European Choral Association — Europa Cantat (ECA-EC)

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The Voice of Singing Europe heard in Brussels

Did you know that there are 37 million people in Europe who practice collective singing?

On January 23rd 2017 the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and the Representation of the State of Hessen co-organised the event “The Voice of Singing Europe” in the seat of the Representation in Brussels.

After welcome words by Friedrich von Heusinger (Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the European Union) and Gábor Móczár (President of ECA-EC), the youth choir of the Monnaie, La Choraline, conducted by Benoît Giaux demonstrated to the audience how singing together can bring joy to the singers as well as to the listeners.

Sonja Greiner, Secretary General ECA-EC then presented the “Singing Europe study” (http://www.singingeurope.org/) which was developed in the frame of the VOICE project (http://www.thevoiceproject.eu/) , funded by the EU Culture Programme and selected as “success story” by the European Commission. […]

Feb

28

Vale: Christian Ljunggreen

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It is with great sadness that we inform you that former IFCM Secretary General, Christian Ljunggren passed away on February 4, 2017, just a few days after his 75th birthday. Christian was conductor of the Adolf Fredrik Madrigal Choir for more than 50 years, and the Nicolai Chamber Choir since 1974. He was the first president of the Swedish Choral Directors Association (1986-1998) and president of KÖRSAM (1997-2004). He organized the 2nd IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music in Stockholm in 1990, a symposium that many still remember, and was IFCM Secretary General 1997-1999. The choral world lost one of its biggest supporters and most devoted servants. RIP Christian.

 

(the April issue of the ICB will include a longer obituary by Interkultur of which Christian was the Honorary President)

Feb

28

Festival Setmana Cantat (Singing Week) Tarragona 2017, 14-21 July 2017

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A collaboration between the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and the Catalan Federation of Choral Associations (FCEC)

Festival Setmana Cantat (Singing Week) Tarragona 2017, 14-21 July 2017

Four workshops conducted by well-known maestros of international prestige: Brady Allred (USA): America, America; Michael Gohl (Switzerland): The Sound of Singing World, Today; Bernie Sherlock (Ireland): A Celtic Flavour and Josep Vila (Catalonia): The Light of Sacred Music (workshop for women voices). Final concert with participating choirs conducted by Xavier Puig i Ortiz (Catalonia). Artistic director: Josep Prats. Info at info@setmanacantat.org or www.setmanacantat.org

Feb

23

1st AFRICA CANTAT in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), August 6-12, 2017

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Initiated by the African Confederation of Choral Music -ACCM- with the support of the Congolese Federation of Choral Music and the partnership of IFCM, A Coeur Joie International and Europa Cantat, the festival will be an ideal crossroad to discover and exchange around the rich authenticity of the African choral heritage.

50 choirs are expected at this great festival of choral music, the most prestigious of Africa. Renowned conductors are invited to lead workshops: Nestor Zadoff (Argentina), Raymond Wise (USA), Cristian Grases (USA/Venezuela), Thierry Thiebaut (France), Xavier Haag (Belgium), Jan Schumacher (Germany), Denis Thuillier (France), Sidumo Jacobs (South Africa), and many others.

Download the Africa Cantat brochure here

Feb

16

Conducting 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century

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New Application deadline: March 25, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden, 15-20 June 2017

The C21C aims to provide conductors with professional development by combining artistic excellence and social justice. Emerging and experienced conductors alike will develop powerfully creative, profoundly artistic, and compassionate approaches for musical leadership through master classes and workshops.

Workshop Leaders:

André de Quadros
Lone Larsen
Agneta Josephson

Choir in residence: Manado State University Choir, Indonesia

New Application deadline: March 25, 2017

Info: www.conducting21C.com

Jan

31

News from the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music

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BARCELONA, 22 – 29 JULY 2017

An extraordinary event for every choral singer, conductor, composer or audience member from around the world.

Register now: www.wscm11.cat

And now let’s finish the presentation of the guest choirs. In the next newsletter we will present the “Circle Concerts” giving more details of this amazing and unique musical event!

S:T JACOBS VOCAL ENSEMBLE – Sweden

S:t Jacobs Vocal Ensemble is a mixed choir consisting of 40 singers ages 20 to 32 from Stockholm. The majority of their concerts and activities are held in the church of St Jacob (Saint James) and in the Stockholm Cathedral. The choir gives special and diverse performances on stage that are firmly focused in the Swedish choral tradition. They believe that classical choral singing can develop in a modern and interesting direction without losing its unique qualities. Since it was founded, the choir has been conducted by Mikael Wedar, highly experienced in teaching choral singing […]

Jan

31

Vale Veljo Tormis

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Composer Veljo Tormis, who was one of the most important Estonian composers has died at the age of 86. Tormis was internationally regarded as one of the greatest choral music writers in the modern era, and one of the most important composers of the 20th century in Estonia.

Tormis‘s contribution to the Estonian choral tradition and to choral music worldwide is invaluable. One can say he created a choral tradition of his own, the unique “Tormis’ style”. From his student days until his retirement from composition in 2000, Tormis composed over 500 individual choral songs, as well as other vocal and instrumental pieces, 35 film scores and an opera. He is survived by his wife, Lea, and one son, Tõnu. RIP (extracted from http://estonianworld.com/culture/veljo-tormis-composer-obituary/)

Jan

31

Call for Articles – Sound in Europe n° 12, European Music Council Magazine

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The EMC is preparing the 12th and final issue of its annual magazine “Sounds in Europe” which will focus on topics related to Music and Cultural Diplomacy.

Culture Diplomacy can be used as general term for external foreign cultural policies of many (European) countries and is often represented by national cultural institutes, such as Goethe Institute, British Council, Institut Français and others. Culture and music are soft powers that are used for dialogue when political exchange is stuck. They are means to engage peacefully in an international context.

In June 2016, the EU adopted a ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’ aiming at “encouraging cultural cooperation between the EU and its partner countries and promoting a global order based on peace, the rule of law, freedom of expression, mutual understanding and respect for fundamental values.”

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said: “Culture has to be […]