As the Mediterranean summer gets closer, Barcelona is taking care of the last details to welcome the plurality of our choral worldwide community and host the colors of peace. We will enjoy more than 60 concerts, over 70 lectures and presentations, 4 master classes, and a Choral Expo with leading publishers. Participants from more than 40 countries across the world are already registered and you won’t want to miss a Symposium that promises to be unforgettable!
Here are four more choirs that will participate at the “Circle Concerts” of the WSCM11:
ELLERHEIN GIRLS’ CHOIR – Estonia
Since 2012 Ingrid Kõrvits has been the chief conductor. Over the past decade, various choral festivals and competitions have led the choir to 12 different countries around the world and the choir has won numerous awards, including Grand Prix in three of them. In 2004, Ellerhein in collaboration with Paavo Järvi received a Grammy award (for best choral performance), awarded for the disc “Sibelius: cantatas” (Virgin Classics). Last season the choir had many different and exciting projects with repertoire ranging from Estonian choral classics to Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
THE RAFFLES SINGERS – Singapore
Conducted by Toh Ban Sheng, The Raffles Singers have clinched top honours in international competitions and festivals in Europe. The choir was awarded a perfect-score Gold Diploma and Category Champion at the 34th International Festival of Songs Olomouc in 2006. The following year, they were awarded a Gold Diploma at the17th International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Prague. Most recently, in 2015, the choir flew Singapore’s flag high at the 3rd International Copernicus Choir Festival and Competition in Torun, Poland, emerging as the Grand Prix winner.
MIXED CHOIR KULKUSET – Finland
Sekakuoro Kulkuset was founded in the aftermath of Finnish independence in January 1918. It is one of the oldest mixed choirs in Finland performing mainly a cappella with a versatile repertoire. Finnish music has, of course, always been very important for the choir, but their repertoire draws from many different sources and today includes material from early music to contemporary compositions. The choir has also commissioned compositions and arrangements from many contemporary Finnish composers.
CHROMAS – Turkey
Chromas, which means "colors," is comprised of members hailing from various cities, universities, backgrounds, and walks of life throughout Turkey. Conducted by Başak Doğan, Chromas believes that every performance is unique and special to the moment in which it is given as their experiences have proven time and again. The choir hones its musical skills not only by preparing for and giving performances, but also by improvising and interacting through the course of these performances. In doing so, they involve the audience in a way that allows everyone to be part of the live music-making process!
In the next IFCMeNEWS we will present 4 other choirs of the “Circle Concerts”!
Don’t forget this great event: Register now: www.wscm11.cat