46th Tolosa Choral Competition, Spain, 30th October-02nd November 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 year’s 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...

 

Europa Cantat XIX Pécs, Hungary, 24th July-02nd August 2015

Are you Hung(a)ry for Singing? Then you should not miss the next edition of the Festival EUROPA CANTAT, held for the second time in the Mediterranean city of Pécs, Hungary between 24 July – 2 August 2015. EUROPA CANTAT is an international singing festival at which you can join more than 3000 singers and conductors, composers and choral managers from all parts of Europe and beyond. EUROPA CANTAT warmly invites all who enjoy singing, from beginners to advanced singers, both choirs and individuals. At EUROPA CANTAT there is no competing, but purely the pleasure of meeting one another and singing together, learning new repertoire and techniques, and working with leading conductors from all over the world. Discover the wide offer of our ateliers and programmes! Get closer and discover our wide offer of ateliers and programmes on www.ecpecs2015.hu or at our issuu page, where you can find the online version of our festival programme brochure. You can also download the brochure in pdf. You can easily find the ateliers of your interest by using the filter on our website. http://ecpecs2015.hu/en/ateliers-for-singers.  If you prefer to browse our printed festival brochure, fill in this short online form and we will send you one by post!  Registration is open! We have opened the online registration of EUROPA CANTAT XIX Pécs 2015 choir festival at the beginning of September. You can reach the online registration system at http://ecpecs2015.hu/en/ by clicking on the green „Apply online” button. The system was developed to lead you through the different steps of registration, from giving your personal data, selection of workshops, festival accommodation and meals, etc. until payment. Submit your application until 30.11.2014 for guaranteed participation in one of the selected ateliers! For more information about the festival and participation conditions visit our homepage and if you have any questions contact us on info@ecpecs2015.hu.    more...