The Female Chamber Choir Sv. Zlata Meglenska exists as part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church and is the first of its kind in the Republic of Macedonia. Composed by 22 volunteer women’s voices, the choir contributes to the reputation of the Macedonian cultural tradition and the popularity of authentic and high-quality choral singing. Conducted by Letka Dimovska Polizova, the choir accomplished excellent international presentation and affirmation of Macedonian Church music in numerous countries across the world. Sv. Zlata Meglenska won the title of World Champions in the Women’s Chamber Choir category at the Great Choir Games in Sochi 2016.
The singers of Choros Amici (the “choir of friends”), all friends of the musical director, Chris Mallinson, come from all over England and meet for occasional rehearsal weekends to work hard, laugh hard and play hard, all with the shared goal of having a good time whilst performing music to an exceptional standard. The choir has won many competitions and has built an international reputation in its twenty five years of singing, for the quality of the music, the vitality and communication it brings to performance, and the warmth of its collective personality. Notable accomplishments include BBC TV Choir of the Year (2000) and the Fleischmann International Trophy (2005).
Since their establishment in 1940, both the Junior High School and High School Choir of Mukogawa Women’s University Junior & Senior High School Chorus Club have achieved many accomplishments. The choirs have been selected in National Competition for 25 years in a row, and have been featured every year in the Nationwide Concert of Music sponsored by NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai – Japan Broadcasting Corporation) since 2009.
Conducted by Takako Okamoto, who has led both schools to National Competitions 31 times in the last 10 years, the choirs found in the music a way of helping their community by participating in numerous charity and volunteer concerts in their home country.
Evivakören is a female choir founded in 2002 and based in Helsinki, Finland. The choir has about 40 singers and performs music from various genres, with an emphasis on a capella performance of contemporary music. It has quickly become recognised in Finland for its steady ambition and the consistent high quality of its performances. In addition, the choir has assumed an active role in commissioning new choral music for female choirs from Finnish composers. Under conductor and artistic director Hanna Kronqvist, the choir has recently been awarded two gold stamps at the prestigious Tampere Vocal Music Festival 2015. Evivakoren will be celebrating their 15 year anniversary this year.
Since it’s formation in 2002 Cywair have emerged as one of the foremost young vocal ensembles in Wales. The mixed chamber choir was founded by their Musical Director, Islwyn Evans and is based in West Wales.
Their achievements include being multiple winners at the National Eisteddfod of Wales and twice crowned ‘Côr Cymru’ in 2007 & 2011, S4C’s bi-annual national TV choral competition. They have also enjoyed success on the international choral scene by winning the prestigious Cork International Choral Competition as well as numerous successes including ‘Choir of the World’ and the Pavarotti Trophy. Cywair have undertaken successful concert tours and made several recordings and TV appearances.
Falun Chamber Choir (Falu Kammarkör) is an independent choir from the Swedish town Falun, founded in 1984. The repertoire is broad, covering secular as well as sacred works, from the old classics to contemporary music, including folk music. The focus is mainly on a capella singing, but the choir has over the years also cooperated with many musicians; singers, instrumentalists, orchestras and conductors. For the past ten years the choir has participated in several international choir competitions, for which they have won several prizes.
David Lundblad is the choir’s conductor since 2016. Besides from conducting choirs and orchestras he is composing and arranging music while working on a doctoral thesis at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
The Girl’s Choir Bodeča Neža operates in Italy in the province of Gorizia and takes active part in the cultural life of the Slovenian minority in Italy. The choir regularly performs in Italy and Slovenia and is often invited to many festivals in Europe. The choir won many prizes at national and international choir competition (including first prize at Neerpelt 2010) and released four CDs.
Mateja Černic, the choir’s conductor, took over the baton of the Girl’s Choir Bodeča Neža in 2007. As a member of the Italian National Youth choir she has conducted the choir at the Rolling Stones’ concert in Rome (2014) and is often invited to choral competitions as member of the jury.
The Madrid Male Chorus starts in 1995 with 15 singers with a long choral experience, as a project for the study and recovery of the repertoire for male choir. With now 48 members, the choir has achieved an interpretation style warmly recognized by critic and public under conductor Juan Pablo de Juan. With nearly 200 concerts under its belt, including invitations for national and international cycles and music festivals, radio and television broadcasts and collaborations with orchestras, the choir has obtained many successes and this, joined to the support of the public, means the achievement of their main target: enjoy and make others enjoy through Music.
Laetare Vocal Ensemble is a mixed choir based in Dublin City Centre. Formed in September 2014, the choir has since then enjoyed a vibrant and varied range of performance and recording opportunities. Throughout 2015, Laetare won awards at a number of festivals, and, with a particular interest in contemporary music, the choir was delighted to win the CMC Perpetual Trophy for the Performance of Irish Contemporary Music at the Cork International Choral Festival 2016.
Conductor and musicologist Dr Róisín Blunnie is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Kodály Institute in Hungary. She is now based in the newly established School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music in DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Laetare recently released a CD of choral works by composers Seán Doherty, Rhona Clarke and John Buckley.
Under the guidance of Dónal Doherty, Codetta is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir based in Derry, N. Ireland. From an initial group of two choirs, the scheme has now expanded to cater for over 200 choristers performing in a variety of ensembles The wide-ranging repertoire that the choir performs is prepared at intensive weekend rehearsals held monthly throughout the year. Codetta has given many concerts both locally and nationally throughout its career (highlights include a performance with BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall, London) and regularly competes in established choral festivals around the world at an international level.
University Singers is the premier choral ensemble in the UBC School of Music. This 40-voice ensemble under the direction of Dr. Graeme Langager performs the most advanced and exciting music for chamber choir written in the past few decades, as well as motets and other historically important works. The University Singers also performs with orchestra annually, including such works as Handel’s Messiah, and Brahms’ Requiem. The choir has won several awards, including the CBC National Choral Competition and the BBC International Choral Competition. The choir tours often including local, North American, and international destinations. Recently the choir has embarked on performance tours in Spain and the US.