46th Tolosa Choral Competition, October 30 - November 02, 2014

The International Tolosa Choral Contest celebrates its 46th anniversary. It will commence on the 30th of October and finish on the 2nd of November. This year, the competition features a total of 14 groups from 12 different countries: Hungary, Ukraine, The United States, Norway, Latvia, Singapore, United Kingdom, Spain, Belarus, Indonesia, Slovenia and Romania. 8 Chamber Choirs (20 and 40 singers) will be competing in the Folklore and Polyphony categories, and 6 Vocal Groups (4 and 16 singers) will be vying for the Religious and Secular Music prizes. The competition, which was first held in 1969, responds to a clear need in our society, in that it offers the choral community a chance to come together to share their music and learn about the latest happenings in a range of different styles, schools and periods. To this end, competing choirs are required to sing at least one piece from their native country, as well as various Basque works. Despite the current economic difficulties, the C.I.T. (Tolosa Initiative Centre) has been working hard all year long to ensure the same artistic and musical standards as in previous years. Therefore, this year as a result of the budget cutback we had to interrupt the children´s competition. This yearís Jury is made up by 7 eminent figures from the choral world: Germany, Venezuela, France, The Netherlands, Ireland, United Kingdom and Spain. The aim is to ensure a rigorous, yet at the same time open and broad-ranging critical assessment of the performances. In addition to their participation in the competition, the choirs will also be performing all over the Basque Country, giving a total of over 80 concerts. The overriding atmosphere is unique and extremely convivial, making the whole experience a pleasurable one for both the audience and performers alike.    more...

 

XXIII International Choral Festival Concordia Vocis, Cagliari, Italy September 17-28, 2014

With deep emotion we would like to dedicate this 23rd edition to Dolf Rabus, founder of the Marktoberdorf International Choral Competition, Musica Sacra International and co-founder of the Choral Festival Network. The 23rd edition is facing major challenges, the big economic international crisis and the drastic economic support cuts to the different cultural events that put most of cultural workers in a difficult situation. In spite of this hard situation the organizing staff of Concordia Vocis, with the goal of not losing the big cultural patrimony gained during the past editions and not to fail its big audience, decided to organize this new Festival edition from September 17th until September 28th. It is a beautiful project, started in 1992 and powered by the desire of the different protagonists that along all these years has distinguished themselves living the vocal music as an adventure and as a precious opportunity to give and receive from others. It is easy then to understand how during all the past years Concordia Vocis has reached an important role in the discovering, researching and spreading field of the international choral repertory. Cagliari as well as Ogliastra and Iglesiente will be this year Sardinian Locations The 23nd fascinating choral music world tour even with a smaller calendar of events is significant for the high artistic level of the performing groups. CAGLIARI Chiesa di Sant'Agostino Wednesday17th September / Echos Vocal Ensemble del Coro Polifonico del CUM & Sjaella Ensemble Vocale IGLESIAS Teatro Electra Thursday 18th September / Sjaella Ensemble Vocale TORTOLI' Teatro San Francesco Friday 19th September / Sjaella Ensemble Vocale & UT Insieme Vocale Consonante CAGLIARI Chiesa di Sant'Agostino Saturday 20th September / Sjaella Ensemble Vocale & UT Insieme Vocale Consonante IGLESIAS Cattedrale Sunday 21st September / Cappella Musicale Pietro Allori & UT Insieme Vocale Consonante IGLESIAS Teatro Electra Friday 26th September / Kilden Vocal Ensemble & Jazzva Vocal Ensemble IGLESIAS Teatro Electra Saturday 27th September / Kilden Vocal Ensemble & Jazzva Vocal Ensemble & Concerts at 20:45. CAGLIARI Teatro Minimax (Massimo) Sunday 28th September / Echos Vocal Ensemble del Coro Polifonico del CUM & Kilden Vocal Ensemble & Jazzva Vocal Ensemble & Concerts at 20:45. The different performing groups of the previous edition gave the enthousiast audience amazing musical events. The new edition increases even more the musical quality of the Festival from Cagliari.We like to remark that since 2009 Concordia Vocis is an official member of the Choral Festival Network, thanks to numerous International approvals.    more...