13th International Choral Competition Gallus-Maribor, Slovenia, 10th-12th April 2015

The first International Choral Competition Gallus–Maribor took place in 1992 and since then exchanges turns biennially with the national competition. It has been a member of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing Association since 2008. All the singers enjoy performances in a hall with excellent acoustics and supported by a numerous audience – choirmasters and singers from the entire country attend and international guests as well. The 2015 competition will take place from April 10 – 12, 2015. 9 choirs take part every time and 4 vocal groups will join in for the first time. They will present from three to four programs: non-competitive performance of a a program, characteristic for the country of the choir's origin, a historical periods' program, and the free program, whereas the best five choirs/groups perform an additional one in the finale. The competition is demanding, since a choir/group can only repeat a single composition in the course of the entire competition, while having to prepare as much as 40 minutes of sheer music. They are evaluated by the jury, consisting of five members: two from Slovenia and three from abroad. Jury members are chosen based on a strict criteria – every juror has to have internationally acclaimed achievements of high artistic value. Grand Prix of the 13th International Choral Competition Gallus - Maribor 2015 will be awarded to the vocal group/choir with the highest average score from all 3 categories. The best choir will be chosen to compete at the finale for the European Grand Prix for Choral singing 2016 and the best vocal group will be chosen to perform at the Concordia Voces Festival in Sardinia, Italy.    more...

 

Cork International Choral Festival, Ireland 29th April – 3rd May 2015

This year from 29th April –3rd May 2015 Cork, Ireland will celebrate the 61st Cork International Choral Festival. Choirs from across the globe will be welcomed for an extra exciting programme of Gala Concerts, National and International competitions, fringe concerts and internationally renowned performances as some 5,000 participants bring the city to life for five days of wonderful choral music. The Cork International Choral Festival was founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland. The Festival takes place in venues across the city and county, including Cork’s City Hall, one of the most attractive and acoustically superb venues in Ireland. One of Europe’s premier international choral festivals, it is noted for its diverse programme, high competitive standards, excellent organisation, and the friendliness of its welcome. Each year some of the finest amateur international choirs are selected to compete for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. The selected choirs will also be scheduled for a range of additional festival activities throughout the week including fringe concerts, church and informal performances. A Meet and Greet session and a nightly Festival Club is organised to allow participants to get to know each other and to meet in a convivial social setting. Each year choirs from around the world are also selected to participate in the Non- Competitive strand of the Festival. This gives choirs the opportunity to experience some of the world’s best choral music, present informal performances in various city and county locations, while having the possibility to meet with other choirs, explore the vibrant city of Cork and its surrounds on Ireland’s beautiful south coast and soak up the festival atmosphere here in Cork.    more...