The Czech Choir Festival. Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, 10-14 June 2015

Sborové slavnosti • Czech Choir Festival Thanks to its unique conception of focusing every year on different choir sections, the Festival has been one of the largest and most prestigious ones in this field in the Czech Republic for several years.

This year's 12th edition of the Festival will be celebrating children's choir singing from 9th to 14th June 2015. The audience in Hradec Králové and in other partner cities Prague included will hear nine great children choirs (age limit is 15 years old) whose tradition is very vast in the Czech Republic. There will be choirs not only from the Czech Republic but also from the USA or Hungary. The special guest of the Festival will be St Louis Children’s Choir from the USA, the audience can look forward to hearing a special performance of the world-known Jitro Children's Choir conducted by Prof. Jiři Skopal as well. Besides all children choirs, the hosts from the Vocal Ensemble Gentlemen Singers from Hradec Králové, who have been organising the Festival for six years, will also appear at the final gala concert where all festival choirs will perform a cycle of Czech folk songs “O Káče a s Káčou” composed by a contemporary Czech composer Jan Vičar directly for the Festival, played together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Hradec Králové. The main goal, which is promoting the Czech music outside the country, will be thanks to it fulfilled again. See you in June in Hradec Králové!    more...

 

Europa Cantat XIX, Pécs, Hungary 24 July-2 August 2015

After 1988 EUROPA CANTAT returns to Pécs with it’s 19th edition! You can still apply to some of the long ateliers of 4 to 8 days, check the list  here where we can still welcome participants! If you cannot come for the festival for a longer period, you can choose from the rich offer of one-day programmes: The Conductors’ and Composers’ Programme will include presentations of professionals coming from various parts of the world and will focus on almost all areas of choral music. More than 100 seminars, sessions for sight-reading and repertoire enlargement, workshops, lectures and roundtable discussions will make the programme colourful throughout the 8 festival days. Anybody who enjoys singing, wants to discover new repertoire or test new vocal techniques can choose from among more than 40 one-morning Discovery Ateliers, regardless of their previous musical training or age. The ateliers will make participants familiar with choral repertoires coming from all over the world, special singing techniques and various music styles. The aim of these ateliers is to enjoy, discover and sing for fun, there will be no performance with the results of the atelier. With these programmes you have the opportunity to join ateliers in the morning and attend concerts in the evening and you are free to choose the length of your stay - you can even come for only one or two days to get a taste of the festival. Applications for these daily flexible programmes begin in the middle of May!
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