As part of the 59th Cork International Choral Festival, which took place 1 – 5 May, we welcomed our Non-Competitive Choirs to Cork under the banner of the Gathering Ireland 2013. The Festival has always featured choirs from around the world on a non-competitive basis and this year was no different. As part of Ireland’s year-long Gathering celebrations, we were pleased to present The International Choral Gathering Cork, in association with Fáilte Ireland, as an expansion of this non-competitive strand.
11 international Gathering choirs joined us in Cork during the Festival week in May from all corners of the globe including Russia, Canada, Austria, Sweden and the USA.
Participation in the Festival Gathering may have been a once in a lifetime experience but we are seeking to continue our expansion of our non competitive strand in a hope to continue to preserve our annual Choral Gatherings. It gives international choirs the opportunity to present informal performances in various locations across·Cork city and county, to meet with other choirs, attend Festival events, sing, mingle and soak up the festival atmosphere. Whether your choir would like to give two performances per day, or set aside spare time to see some of Ireland’s beautiful countryside, performances are flexible and will be tailored.
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The Academic Choir of Moscow State University is the oldest amateur performing group in Russia. In 2010 it celebrated its 235th anniversary. The choir was created after the Moscow State University was founded in 1755, by A. Duny, the conductor of the Madrid Royal Opera, and by the Russian composer and conductor Daniil Kashin. Presently, the life of the choir is fi lled with concerts, meetings and events often in some of Moscow’s most prestigious concert halls. The choir consists of approximately 100 people, 45 of whom have travelled to Cork, including students, aspirants, professors, graduates of the Moscow State University, representing almost all faculties. The choir has been successful at home and abroad in many Russian and international festivals and competitions including Italy, Great Britain, Latvia, Greece, Holland, Poland, Austria, France and Serbia.
Founded in Vienna in 1991, Amerlingchor has evolved from an ambitious school ensemble into a fully independent choir with over 40 members. Spanning 400 years of choral music, the choir’s repertoire has traditionally focused on both sacred and secular a cappella works from the Renaissance to the Romantic period. In addition to annual Christmas concerts, highlights include several performances of Mozart’s Requiem, including a concert at Vienna’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Conducted by Giuseppe Montesano, the choir has expanded both its repertoire and its area of infl uence in recent years giving its fi rst two international concerts in Athens in May 2011. A very special concert for the choir’s 20th anniversary was held in June 2012. This season, the choir will be giving a number of a cappella concerts in and around Vienna, as well as several performances abroad.
In 1966, André Sala Choir was founded by Pierre Legrand, who named the choir after his music professor, André Sala (1899-1968) who was a Savoyard musician, blinded by disease soon after birth. The choir was under the direction of Jean-Michel Devernay from 1986 until the choir’s present conductor Anne-Cécile Catteau took over in 2003. The choir members are amateur men and women of all ages and backgrounds. The choir’s repertoire consists of works from the 16th to the 21st centuries and ranges from the sacred to the profane. Generally, the year’s programme centres on a theme, for example, opera choruses or an important work such as Mozart’s Requiem. The choir’s yearly program is always presented locally and they often travel abroad to international competitions and Festivals including Vienna (2007), Verona (2009) and Barcelona (2011).
The St. Katarina Chamber Choir was formed in Katarina parish, Stockholm in 1990 with the aim of performing old and modern sacred music. Since its foundation the choir’s repertoire has been widened while the high standard of the choir in terms of both repertoire and performance level has been successfully maintained. Katarina Kammarkör is led by Hans Vainikainen and comprises of 25 – 30 singers whose ages and occupations vary. Katarina Kammarkör has toured in countries such as Russia, England, and Germany. In recent years the choir has been delighted to perform in collaboration with important Swedish cultural institutions such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Folkoperan. The choir occasionally performs in and is also featured on the recording of a Swedish ‘Techno Mass’.
The Montana A Cappella Society, an all-volunteer, community based, non-auditioned group of singers, was established in 2003. Based in rural Hamilton, Montana, the group performs primarily in western Montana, but has travelled as far as San Francisco to perform in a variety of shows and events. Performing a variety of music from the last 600 years, from motets and madrigals to traditional American songs, show music and jazz – the choir serves their community with concerts, carolling and songs for every occasion. The Society is unique, made up of nonprofessional singers from every walk of life, representing a perfect cross section of Montana. The Society performs in late 19th-century period costumes and frequently uses theatrical touches as a background for our musical stories. The Montana Society is led by Artistic Director, Don Matlock, who has spent his lifetime developing his philosophy and approach to a cappella music.
Oslo Vokalensemble was established in 1990 under the direction of conductor Ivar Solberg. Since then several conductors have led the choir, including Fredrik Otterstad, Katrine Ganer Skaug, Reza Aghamir and Steffen Kammler who have all contributed to the musical progress of the choir. Since autumn 2010, Oslo Vokalensemble has been under the direction of Nina T. Karlsen. The choir consists of about 30 members, aged from 25 to over 50, from all across Oslo. The choir aims to maintain a high standard of performance and repertoire and meets weekly for rehearsals. Oslo Vokalensemble performs several concerts every year, culminating in their established and muchloved Christmas concerts at Gamle Aker church.
The Polifonica Choir is a group of amateur singers founded in 2010. The choir consists of approximately 20 voices who have a vast experience in choral singing. Polifonica’s repertoire is diverse and its members become acquainted with a wide range of composers and choral music genres from the classical to the contemporary. The current conductor, Nikolai Kashuro graduated from the Belarusian State Conservatory and got his musical education as a choral conductor. He has been an assistant opera conductor of the Rimsky-Korsakov Academy of St. Petersburg on opera-symphony conducting class held by maestro I.A. Musin. His passionate manner of conducting has won heart of both choral members and the public. He is considered to be one of the best recognized conductors in Belarus.
Singtonia choir was founded in 1996. It is made up of 30 choir members under the direction of Maestro Caterina Capello. Since its foundation the choir has collaborated with other choirs and has taken part in international festivals in Pusteria Valley (Italy), in Prague, in Salzburg and in Amsterdam. Their repertoire is based on gospel, folk and pop genres, and the choir often makes use of percussion instruments in their performances. The choir has produced several CDs including: Con la voce in 2004, D’altro canto in 2009 and Natale in Singtonia in 2011. In March 2011, Singtonia choir won the audience prize with the videoclip “The Mass” at the Milan Bravo ma basta film festival. Singtonia performs a playful and involving show with references to the world of theatre with simple choreographies, and the use of sound gestures with joking vocal effects to imitate musical instruments.
Soundsphere is York’s excellent world music voice & percussion quartet. Angela Michel, Judith Simpson, Sarah Dean and Paula Ryan have been making music as a group for 10 years. Soundsphere is renowned for its truly original repertoire, outstanding vocal abilities, beautifully crafted arrangements, delicious harmonies, driving rhythms and wonderfully invigorating and entertaining performances. Soundsphere have recorded five critically acclaimed albums and successfully performed in the UK, Germany, USA, France and Ireland. Singing songs from all around the world and across the centuries, Soundsphere takes its audience on an exhilarating world tour where the music surpasses all boundaries, whether geographical, political or social. The group’s motto is “we just love singing!” Soundsphere’s highly acclaimed latest album “No Passport Required” reflecting the group’s global appeal has been warmly welcomed both in the UK and abroad.
The University Singers are a mixed choral ensemble composed of undergraduate students from a variety of faculties at the University of Lethbridge. The ensemble has been active since its inception in 1988 by Professor Emeritus George Evelyn. The Singers have taken part in several international competitions, including the International Brahms Choral Festival and the Cork International Choral Festival in 2002. They have taken many tours within Canada, and recently completed a very successful benefi t tour for victims of the Japan earthquake. The Singers have commissioned many new works from outstanding composers, and a new commission currently underway by composer Ruth Loman. The current conductor is Janet Youngdahl, Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Youngdahl has been delighted to take on the leadership of the ensemble since 2008. The Singers are very pleased to be able to participate with wonderful choirs from around the world.
The choir ‘Harmony’ was founded 30 years ago as a children’s musical theatre group in Gatchina – 35km from St. Petersburg (Russia). The choir name was changed to Youth Cappella Harmony in 2005. Youth Capella Harmony consists of 25 singers ranging from 14 – 35 years. The choir’s repertoire includes Russian sacred music, folk songs, European classic music, jazz songs and spirituals. Youth Cappella Harmony is conducted by Irina Roganova. The choir are particularly interested in contemporary music and every year take part as a leader choir in some festivals and concerts in St. Petersburg and Moscow with program of contemporary music. Every year Youth Cappella Harmony plans an international visit to take part in concerts and competitions. In the past the choir has visited countries including Germany, Poland, France, GB, Finland, Czech, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia.
and in creating it together
Music is a ·universal language and part of everyone’s life. Music knows no boundaries.
in coming together, in celebrating the choral spirit, and in sharing this with people around us.
all cultures, religions, age groups and has more active participants worldwide than any other pursuit.
takes places 1 – 5 May 2013 and, as part of
Ireland’s year-long Gathering celebrations,we are pleased to launch our very own gathering.
about rekindling old connections, and about making new ones.