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7 - The Chamber Choir, Bydgoszcz, Poland

The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Poland) started in 1986 when conductor Janusz Stanecki brought students from a variety of different musical fields together to sing choral music. Since then, the choir has grown exponentially, and now works with the philharmonic orchestras of Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Torun, and Gorzow Wielkopolski. With a rich repertoire of Polish and European music from the Middle Ages to the present, the choir has toured extensively, appearing at International Choral Festivals in Argentina and the United States in recent years.

Achievements include: Grand Prix in the Polish Choir Tournament, Legnica Cantat (2006); the Peace Trophy at the 53rd Cork International Choral Festival (2007); five medals in the International Festival/Competition Singing World in St. Petersberg, Russia (2012), and 4thplace in the International Choral Competition in Spittal, Austria (2014).

Listen to The Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music here!

 

1 - The ChanterellesThe Chanterelles (UK) began singing together in 2009. Based in Leicestershire, but with singers from all over the UK, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard with their professionalism and proficiency evident in their music. Directed by Dr Shirley Court, they boast a diverse repertoire which spans genres showcasing their rich sound.

Their recent achievements include winning the women’s choirs section at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs 2013, the North Wales Choral Festival in 2011, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2010. The choir was also named ‘most entertaining choir’ at the final of the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs.

Listen to The Chanterelles here!

 

 

11 - The Foerster Female Choir

The Foerster Female Chamber Choir (Czech Republic) was founded in Prague in 1975 and quickly came to be regarded as one of the Czech Republic’s leading choirs. Over the last few decades the choir has amassed a plethora of prizes, winning honours at festivals in Arezzo, Cork, Debrecen, Jihlava, and Prague, along with claiming outright victories at competitions in Klaipeda (2003), Vienna (2006), Venice (2008), and Rimini (2012). The choir pays special attention to contemporary music and has given many Czech composers their premiere performances, though its repertoire is wide, ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of the 20th century.

Current director Jaroslav Brych studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Václav Neumann and now works as a pedagogue there, the Faculty of Pedagogics at Charles University, and the Conservatoire of Pardubice.

Listen to the Foerster Female Chamber Choir here!

 

12 - Gothenburg Youth Choir

Gothenburg Youth Choir (Sweden) was formed in 2006 and now consists of roughly 40 members. Nearly all of its members are past pupils of the Brunnsbo School in Gothenburg, a state school with special music classes, who have continued singing together after graduation. Not only does the choir participate in several concerts a year in Sweden, it also performs internationally on a frequent basis, having in recent years taken part in festivals in Prague, Aarhus, Cork, Philadelphia, and New York. The choir has also produced two CDs; 2011’s Come Along, and 2013’s Caroling Christmas.

The choir is conducted by Anne Johansson who, in addition to teaching at the Brunnsbo School, also teaches at the Department of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg.

Listen to the Gothenburg Youth Choir here!

 

 

 

 

 

10 - Hugo Wolf Choir

Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf (Slovenia) was founded in 2010, the 150th Anniversary of the birth of composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) as part of the Cultural Society of German-Speaking Women (Mostovi-Brücken). Keeping in spirit with the rich tradition of choral singing in Maribor, the choir incorporates a very broad range of styles, both old and contemporary, with no limits of genre or origin. The choir consists mostly of students of the choir’s artistic director, Aleš Marčič, a Master of Musical Arts.

In 2011, the choir was awarded the golden diploma in category “Musica sacra” at “In… Canto sul Garda”in Italy. In 2014 they were invited to perform at Festival Maribor as part of the project “Stolen” with artistic director Richard Tognetti, director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Listen to Komorni Zbor Hugo Wolf here!

 

 

mornington group

Mornington Singers (Ireland) is a mixed-voice choir based in Dublin. The choir specialises in a cappella repertoire, with a particular focus on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlights on the competition circuit have included the Florilège Vocal de Tours 2014, Cork International Choral Festival 2014 and 2011, and Maribor International Choral Competition 2009. In May 2014 the choir was named Ireland’s Choir of the Year and awarded 3rd Prize in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition at Cork International Choral Festival. Recent recording has included music for the film The Eclipse by Conor McPherson, Christmas carols for RTÉ and TV3, and four self-produced albums.

Dr Orla Flanagan has conducted the Mornington Singers since 2002. She holds an Advanced Diploma from the Kodály Institute in Hungary and a Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is Assistant Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin.

Listen to The Mornington Singers here!

 

 

new dublin voices

New Dublin Voices (Ireland) has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy, and was awarded ‘Ireland’s Choir of the Year’ at the Cork International Choral Festival 2013. The choir’s busy calendar includes fund-raising for charities, television appearances, guesting with both orchestras of the national broadcaster, RTÉ, and performing at special events.International award-winning New Dublin Voices is a leading Irish chamber choir. Founded in 2005 by conductor Bernie Sherlock, NDV performs an innovative repertoire ranging from the medieval to the contemporary. The choir takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers and has given numerous Irish and world premieres.

Bernie Sherlock is Musical Director of the Culwick Choral Society, and Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Listen to New Dublin Voices here!

 

 

 

 

2 - Reading Phoenix Choir (1)

Reading Phoenix Choir (UK) was established in 1969 by founding musical director Norman Morris and quickly became recognised as one of the top amateur choirs in the United Kingdom. The choir gives up to twenty concerts a year and raises thousands for charity. Performing a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular, from early 16th century to present day, the choir participates regularly in national and international competitions, broadcast recordings, and tours.

The choir’s current Musical Director, David Crown, is Director of Music at Somerville College, Oxford. His work with choirs and orchestras has attracted superb notices in the United Kingdom and abroad.

 

Listen to Reading Phoenix Choir here!

 

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Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir (Finland) is a choir that regards laughter and love of music as its constitutive elements. Counted among the most significant of Finnish youth choirs, it currently consists of 50 singers, all of whom study in the school and play a variety of instruments. The choir is conducted by Reijo Aittakumpu and constitutes a central element in the arts-based curriculum and practice of Sibelius Upper Secondary School. Over recent years the choir has produced several recordings and has also toured in countries including Germany, Russia, the U.S.A., Japan, and Argentina. In 2001 it was awarded the title of Youth Choir of the Year by Finnish National Broadcasting Company.

 

Listen to Sibelius Upper Secondary School Chamber Choir here!

 

17 - The Chamber Choir of Tallinn University

 

The Chamber Choir of Tallinn University (Estonia) was formed in 1997 under the guidance of Merike Aarma. The choristers are students and University alumni from over ten different academic departments. The repertoire varies from Renaissance music to contemporary masterpieces; the work of Veljo Tormis is a significant part of the choir’s repertoire and they have performed his pieces while successfully representing Estonia in various competitions and festivals: the VIII International Choir Competition “Europe and its Songs” in Barcelona, 2006, Malta in 2007, in the “World Choir Championships 2009” in Korea, the XI Estonian Chamber Choir Festival in 2010 (Grand Prix and special awards) and in Rimini in 2011.

The choir’s current conductor is Sander Tamm, who is also chief conductor of Virumaa Boys’ Choir and a student at the Estonian Academy of Music.

Listen to the Tallinn University Chamber Choir here!