CantaRode International Festival & Competition Kerkrade, The Netherlands 14-18 May 2015

This prestigious CantaRode Festival & Competition opportunity lies in the south of the Netherlands, Kerkrade. Your talented choir deserves an outstanding venue to showcase their hard work. The coming Festival & Competition will take place from 14th-18th May 2015. The organization is proud to present a special and divers program, a high level competition in cooperation with choirs and a professional jury from all parts of the world. In the second edition of the festival a competition is added for twelve choirs as the Warsaw School of Economics Choir from Poland and the Chorium Chamber Choir University of Puerto Rico. The jury will consist of international conductors and musicians. Workshops and masterclasses with varied repertoire are planned. Apart from the high-quality music, the festival also focuses on the youngsters in a education program, CantaYoung, in cooperation with the Elementary (Music) Schools. All singers will be hosted at Rolduc Abbey, founded in the 12th century. The Rolduc Abbey merges the age-old tradition of monastic hospitality with contemporary service. The modest atmosphere of tranquillity makes Rolduc Abbey a unique and inspiring location for the participants of CantaRode. Ensembles attending CantaRode Festival & Competition will experience the excitement and culture of Kerkrade and its region. It is not surprising that a choir festival is initiated in Kerkrade. Kerkrade is known far afield as a city of music, culture and attractions. Kerkrade is host to two music festivals generating national and international power: the World Music Contest for wind music and the Orlando Festival for chamber Music. The festival offers the public and the participants an international and energetic event in four beautiful days in the spring of 2015.    more...

 

Tampere Vocal Music Festival, Finland 3-7 June 2015

Finlandís largest event for choral and vocal ensemble music will celebrate its 40th anniversary in June. The theme is the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius. The festival will open with an exhibition of Sibeliusís choral works, and the concert programme will feature a broad selection of these works, favourites and rarities alike. Cantatas for choir and orchestra will be given a powerful performance by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under Santtu-Matias Rouvali. The YL Male Voice Choir and TampereRaw will perform the almost forgotten version of Rakastava (The Lover) for male choir and string orchestra, while the Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir will demonstrate how the composerís writing changes according to whether he was setting texts in Swedish or Finnish. Accomplished folk singer Ilona Korhonen will transport listener to the very core of the runo singing of legendary folk singer Larin Paraske, who was a prime early source of inspiration for Sibelius. The Latvian Radio Chamber Choir will give a guest performance featuring Sibelius in dialogue with contemporary choral music, and the Krysostomos Chamber Choir will perform a concert of new Orthodox liturgical music by Mikko Sidoroff. The festival clubs from Wednesday to Saturday will present for example top vocal groups like the winner of the 2013 Contest for Vocal Ensembles Ommm and the legendary The Swingles. The Contest for Vocal Ensembles is divided into two categories, acoustic and amplified ensembles, and 14 groups were chosen to the final round. The Chorus Review will bring 47 choirs to the festival from Thursday to Saturday, and at the concluding concert on Sunday the international jury will be awarding prizes including a prize for the best performance of a work by Sibelius. A selection of courses is provided for choir conductors, singers and enthusiasts. They can sharpen their skills in choral arrangements, singing in a vocal ensemble, Estill Voice Training and the use of singing in promoting health and wellbeing and in rehabilitation. At the Sibelius seminar, scholars from the Jean Sibelius Works (JSW) project of the National Library describe how the composerís works have changed since their first publication. Composer Olli Virtaperko will moderate a panel discussion on the relevance of Sibelius in this day and age.    more...