International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen, Belgium 2-5 October 2015

In the first weekend of October 2017 the community of Maasmechelen in Belgian Lim­burg welcomes a number of inland and for­eign amateur choirs during its International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen. This biennial event is meant for mixed voice choirs and equal voice choirs and it is at the same time the biggest in its kind in Belgium.   The twelve selected choirs coming from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Indonesia, Slovenia, The Netherlands and Ukraine, will perform twice in the ‘Cultuurcentrum’ with varied programmes. On Saturday 3rd October the choirs have to sing an obligatory program and on Sunday 4th October a free program. For the 14th edition of the competition the international jury will select three win­ning choirs per category.The president will be Ludo Claesen (BE), and the other jury members are Jürgen Budday (DE), Lorenzo Donati (IT), Zoltán Pad (HU) and Bernie Sherlock (IE).The participating choirs will close the competition with a short performance during the festive prize-giving ceremony. The Choir Contest of Maasmechelen is a member of 'Choral Festival Network'. It is an outstanding choir competition together with similar contests in Cork, Maribor, Marktoberdorf and Tolosa. The next International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen will take place from 6 till 8 October 2017.The applications must arrive at the secretariat before 10 January 2017.    more...

 

The International Choral Festival "Concordia Vocis", Cagliari, Italy 11-30 September 2015

With deep emotion we would like to dedicate this 24th edition to world peace. This edition will take place in spite of numerous difficulties. The big economic crisis and the cuts in support for diverse cultural events put many people in the field of culture in a precarious situation. The staff of Concordia Vocis however succeeded in organizing the new festival, from september 11th until September 30th, maintaining the high standards as before. 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 repertoire. Today this role became even more important for our island, it turned out as one of the most expected events, for the quality of the musical proposals. The nine concerts will take place in different churches and theaters. The five Vocal Ensembles and the two Choirs will travel to different locations of the whole island. This itinerant nature of the Festival allowed a bigger audience to attend the different performances in various religious monuments, some of them between one of the most beautiful historical buildings of the island but has also introduced new performers, even first international performances, becoming cultural ambassadors of their original country. The high artistic level of the 24th edition is guaranteed by the performing groups from Germany, Slovenia and Italy. This new edition increases even more the musical quality of the Festival from Cagliari. Concordia Vocis is an official member of the Choral Festival Network, thanks to numerous International approvals. Photo Quartonal © Christoph Mannhardt    more...