5-9 February 2020
Kick-off of the annual CHORAL CELEBRATION NETWORK FOUNDATION event series
Event includes rehearsal sessions, outreach visits, sight seeing in the area as well as a workshop with the composer & ‘professional’ group we use as anchor choir.
This Choirs Connect event aim to engage choirs and singers both locally and internationally in Classic Choral works, with professional groups to stimulate development of singers in a fun collaborative way while promoting local tourism to create unforgettable memories.
Sight-seeing will be in the Cape Winelands – Franschoek Wine Tram, tasting wines of the region, and Cape Town sights like Table Mountain, etc.
Concerts will take place in the newly renovated Cape Town City Hall.
Two full concerts will be presented: Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon.
Up to 550 singers can participate. Mostly choirs but limited individual singers with proven choral experience can register
Letter of inspiration Ola Gjeilo - New York
Dear choral friend, Getting to write my Sunrise Mass was a dream come true, as I'd ·always wanted to do a mass, and this particular commission in 2007 gave me the opportunity to write a large work for choir and string orchestra. I wanted the musical development of the work to evolve from the most transparent and spacey, to something completely earthy; from nebulous and pristine to more emotional and dramatic, and eventually solid and grounded - also as a metaphor for a kind of spiritual journey.
I am delighted that the Choral Celebration Network Foundation will be performing my mass, in collaboration with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cape Town Opera Choir, and that they will engage more choirs and singers to be part of the experience.
I'm unfortunately not able to be there in person to be part of this initiative, but will have a chance to interact with you all in a Skype Q&A session from New York! Alta Mare will ensure that I will have access to the performance footage as well. As composer of the Sunrise Mass and on behalf of Alta Mare and the Choral Celebration Network Foundation, I warmly recommend this event to all interested choirs. I wish you joy, and a truly memorable experience.
Apply by emailing us with your preferred dates that you wish to participate in and
we will apply and provide reference on your behalf to be invited to the event.
2020 Nation Council Festival Dates & Conductors
February 28 - March 2
Performance Date: March 1
March 27 - 30
Performance Date: March 29
Performance Date: March 15
Performance Date: March 22
Performance Date: April 18
Arrive in New York
Attend a broadway show
Sightseeing during off-time
Performance at Carnegie Hall
Depart for home, or add additional days in NYC
QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC SEA
CHORAL FESTIVAL AND COMPETITION
1-3 May 2020
Performances in the magnificent Cattolica Queen’s Theatre (Teatro della Regina)
Event offers the opportunity to stay on the Adriatic Coast, in particular on the beach of Cattolica, renowned throughout the world for its fine sand and for the quality of its waters that has made it possible, for the seventeenth time, the assignment of the ‘blue flag’.
A concert at the medieval town St. Leo
The music programme is completely free, there are not compulsory pieces requested and there is no preclusion for periods and genres.
Opening concert in Rimini for choirs that choose this option
The variety of places selected for the performances, the numerous events and the extremely rich repertoire make this Festival not only one of the most spectacular international choral festivals but also a unique opportunity of mutual and fruitful exchange between different musical cultures.
Non-competitive performances at the Teatro della Regina are scheduled on the same days as the Competition
BEETHOVEN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL
22-26 June 2020
All participating orchestras and choirs are requested to perform at least 1 piece by Beethoven and at least 1 piece that is typical for their country. Ode to Joy will be performed by all participants together on the final joint concert.
We provide an official invitation to orchestras and choirs who need to get permission from their schools for extra
4 Nights at Hotel Mercure Bonn Hardtberg / Hotel Residence Bonn / Youth Hostel Bonn or similiar accomodation including breakfast
3 lunches and 3 dinners
English speaking tour guides during your entire stay
Sightseeing and program as per itinerary
Concert and exhange programme at local school as per itinerary
Farewell party including fingerfood and soft drinks at Stadthalle Bad Godesburg
SUMMA CUM LAUDE INTERNATIONAL
YOUTH MUSIC FESTIVAL
10 - 15 July 2020
All inclusive tour that offers unparalleled experiences to choirs for performance and growth opportunities in the beautiful Vienna, Austria from 10 -15 July 2020. Performances in breathtaking venues and opportunities to network in the biggest Youth Music Festival in the world.
Opening ceremony in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna
Two workshops at the University of Music in Vienna and one additional lecture
Two additional concerts in and around Vienna
Competition only: one performance before the jury in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthausand possibly (the best groups only as selected by the jury) a performance during the Gala Winners’ concert in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus
Celebration only: one performance in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein or in the Great Hall of the Konzerthaus
We offer three tour options that each offer incredible value:
- Vienna SCL Festival only (5 nights)
- Salzburg (2 nights concert in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum) + Vienna SCL Festival (5 nights)
- Salzburg (2 nights concert in the Great Hall of the Mozarteum) + Vienna SCL Festival (5 nights) + Prague (2 nights concert in the famous Smetana Hall)
- Diplomas for every participant for the workshops attended at the University of Music
- Online presentation of the biography of the group and the exact Festival program
- Printed Festival program for every participant and conductor
- Participation certificates for every group and every participant
WORLD CHOIR GAMES
5-15 July 2020
20 years after the foundation of the World Choir Games in Austria (2000) the international choral world will once again celebrate the world’s largest international choir competition in the heart of Europe.
Antwerp and Ghent are the main hosts for the World Choir Games 2020 and promise top-class venues,
fantastic choir concerts and unforgettable experiences!
With three official languages and a wealth of local dialects, Belgium is a great crossroad of cultures and thus a perfect host for the largest international choir competition in the world.
Thousands of international participants will be warmly welcomed and immediately feel at home when bringing their music and cultures to Flanders in summer 2020.
WCG & SUMMA CUM LAUDE (COMBINED)
5-9 July 2020 and 10-15 July
Consider a Combined tour:
WCGs 2020 Flanders Part 1:
5 –9 July
Summa Cum Laude
from 10 –15 July 2020
MUSIC OF THE CONTINENTS
INTERNATIONAL CHOIR COMPETITION
24-28 September 2020
This unique homegrown international choral event allowing local choirs to plan an exceptional tour for their choir in South Africa
Space will be limited to 50 -60 choirs
The Premiere event is hosted at Sun City from 24 –28 September 2020
A special conductors conference aimed at providing opportunities for conductors from South Africa and Africa to meet, share and network
A full International Conductors Symposium will also be presented to conductors who cannot bring their choirs to perform. This will also be the first meeting of the Association of African Choral Conductors/Directors
Conductors will be provided with a pass to the ICC to allow them to attend performances by choirs from around the world
The Sing & Safari experience implies that all choirs will go on a Game Drive in the Famous Pilansberg National Park where the Big 5 roams as part of the overall programme
Space will be limited to 250 conductors -so jump to ensure your participation in this spectacular annual event that
WHAT AWARDS ARE THERE?
This International Choir Competition will be adjudicated by local and international jurors,
with the highlight the crowning of the Choir of the Continent with a price money of R50,000-00 to the winning choir