European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel (Switzerland) 04-08 May 2016

With its 10th edition, the European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel celebrates its first major jubilee. On the days around Ascension, approximately 2,000 singing children and teenagers meet in Basel. The concerts of the main program are given by 18 choirs with roughly 750 young singers from ten European countries, Indonesia and from all over Switzerland. A further 800 youngsters from the Basel area perform in concerts in the context of the festival. 500 young Swiss singers participate in the newly established SingplausCH®-events. The choirs present a colorful program with more than 40 events appealing to a wide audience of all ages. Classical choir music, jazz, pop and rock arrangements, gospel and folk songs, all sung at a highest level, together with costumes, light effects, choreographies and musical ideas appropriate for young people make for unforgettable experiences. Further offers appeal to professionals of the Swiss choral scene or invite the public to actively sing. Apart from the performances’ uniquely high music quality, the festival focuses on the encounters between the singers as well as with the local population. All choirs from the main program are accommodated in local host families. The jubilee festivities “The Power of Music” and “The Colours of Cultures”promise to be a special highlight. Come to Basel and enjoy the festival’s exceptional atmosphere of joy of living and singing!    more...

 

International Festivals and Competitions of Choral Festival Network 2016

Cork International Choral Festival (IE) 27 April - 01 May http://www.corkchoral.ie European Music Festival for Young People Neerpelt (BE) 29 April - 02 May http://www.emj.be European Festival of Youth Choirs Basel (CH) 04 - 08 May www.ejcf.ch Festival International de Chant Choral Nancy (FR) 04 - 08 May www.chantchoral.org Vaasa International Choir Festival (FI) 04 - 08 May http://www.vaasachoirfestival.fi Musica Sacra International Marktoberdorf (DE) 13 - 18 May http://www.modfestivals.org International VocalEspoo Festival (FI) 05 - 11 June http://www.vocalespoo.fi Czech Choir Festival Hradec Králové (CZ) 8 - 12 June http://www.sboroveslavnosti.cz Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition and Folklore Festival, Debrecen (HU) 07 - 10 July http://www.bbcc.hu International Choral Festival Missoula (US) 13 - 17 July http://www.choralfestival.org San Juan Canta International Choir Festival and Competition (AR) 11 - 16 August http://www.sanjuancanta.com.ar Les Choralies, Vaison-la-Romaine (FR) 03 - 11 August http://www.choralies.fr 'Guido d'Arezzo' International Polyphonic Competition, (IT) 21 - 28 August http://www.polifonico.org International Choral Festival Concordia Vocis Cagliari (IT) 17 - 30 September http://www.concordiavocis.it International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition Helsinki (FI) 23 - 24 September http://www.uniarts.fi/en/harald-andersen-choir-competition-2016 Tonen2000, International Classic Choir Festival Westland (NL) 30 September - 02 October http://www.tonen2000.nl City of Derry International Choral Festival (UK) 29 - 23 October http://www.codichoral.com Tolosa Choral Contest (ES) 28 October - 01 November http:// www.cittolosa.com    more...