Participating Choirs for 2014 Festival
Kearsney College Choir from South Africa
Bernard Krüger, Director
The Kearsney College Choir has become synonymous with performance excellence, audience appeal and critical acclaim. With its signature blend of classical, pop and indigenous music, the choir has a growing international following with supporters from the USA, Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa.
The Kearsney Choir boasts with a long list of accolades to its name, including 10 Gold medals and 6 Silver medals at the World Choir Games (the Olympics for Choirs) between 2000 and 2012. The choir was awarded the “Prize of the City of Vienna” at the 33rd International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna as well as 1st prizes in various international choral competitions in Hong Kong, Germany and Austria. At the 7th World Choir Games in Cincinnati, USA (July 2012), the choir was crowned World Champions in Scenic folklore for the third time.
The choir undertakes an international tour every second year. Recent tours include Germany/Netherlands (2004), China/Hong Kong (2006), Austria/Greece (2008), Japan/Taiwan/China (2010). In 2012 the choir was invited to represent the African Continent at the “Rhythms of One World” Music Festival at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and performed in the Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center (home of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra) and the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) to packed houses.
The choir is actively involved in community work and raising funds and awareness for Charity organizations. Current beneficiaries/partners include: The Sunflower Fund, the Hillcrest Aids Centre and the choir of JG Zuma Secondary School in KwaMashu township. The choir was honoured to have the famous Dream Chair of Africa accompany the group on its travels to the United States to promote HIV awareness.
Being a multi-faceted and multi-cultural entity within the College, the choir is an important ambassador for the College, but also for the Zulu Kingdom and the Rainbow Nation (South Africa) as a whole. Their commitment to perform and promote the indigenous music of our country and the rest of the continent is a clear indication of the passion and pride they have for their African heritage.
Kearsney College Choir in The News
Kearsney Choir Wins Gold, CLICK HERE
African Passion, CLICK HERE
A Typical Night in Africa, CLICK HERE
Africa & Rainstorm, CLICK HERE
Kearsney College Choir from South Africa Part 1/2, CLICK HERE
Kearsney College Choir from South Africa Part 2/2, CLICK HERE
Folklore with Choreography, CLICK HERE
Pop Choral, CLICK HERE
Echology : The University of Newcastle Chamber Choir from Australia
Philip Matthais, Director
Echology, Newcastle University’s Chamber Choir, was established in 1995. It includes students and staff of the University along with members of the wider community. All have a love of singing and enjoy performing a challenging and varied repertoire.
The Choir has had great success, including numerous wins in national competitions, performances in many of the world’s great cities and venues, and the release of seven CDs. The Choir has performed in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbe, Canterbury, Winchester and Liverpool Cathedrals, St Asaph Cathedral in Wales and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The Choir also toured South Korea in 2004 and, more recently, undertook its first tour of the People’s Republic of China in July 2010 and to the United States and Bermuda in 2012. The Choir has undertaken twelve live broadcasts for BBC Radio’s Daily Service.
In 2006, the Choir won the adult choir section in the national finals of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Choir of the Year competition against the best choirs from each State of Australia. The Choir has enjoyed major successes at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod, including winning the Open Award for Choirs, the City of Sydney Chamber Choir Award, the Australian National Choral Championship (2007 and 2012) and the John Lamble Australian Open Choral Championship (2007, 2010 and 2012).
In 2008, the Choir won the high-rating national television program Battle of the Choirs, catapulting the Choir to the national prominence and launching it into a new world of performance style. This took the Choir to a wider audience, offering the opportunity to open up the full range of the choral experience to audiences beyond those accustomed to classical music. As part of its prize, the Choir also released the best-selling CD Battle Cry.
Battle of The Choirs Grand Final, CLICK HERE
Signal Hill Alumni Chorus from Trinidad and Tobago
John Arnold, Musical Director
Founded in 1984, the Signal Hill Alumni Choir (SHAC) of Tobago is now deemed a cultural institution and icon of Trinidad and Tobago. SHAC evolved from the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School Folk Choir, which dominated the Folk Category of the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival in 1982 and emerged as undisputed National Junior Folklore Champions.
In 1984 SHAC continued the styles and standards set by the school’s Folk Choir and captured the National Folk Championship Award at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Festival. The choir is directed by one of the founders Mr. John Arnold, able assisted by Miss Georgina Peterkin, who adds choreography to his unique arrangements. SHAC dominated the National Music Festival during the eighties and retired from competition in 1990 after winning the Calypso Chorale, a new class that was introduced. The junior nursery choir Signalite Chorale (also founded by Mr. John Arnold) continued the tradition of winning and dominated the nineties. This group also won the first Music Festival in the new millennium and in 2002; was acclaimed Most Outstanding Adult Choir in addition to Most Outstanding School Choir.
Over the years SHAC has become a bye word, not only in Trinidad and Tobago, but also in the Caribbean, North American, Europe and Latin America. They have appeared before many world dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth 11 and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. They have performed at many international festivals in the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and Europe. They have also performed at several choral festivals across the world. SHAC performs in the folk style, but the repertoire varies, as well as the genres. They sing and perform Caribbean Folk, World Music, African Folk, Gospel, Reggae, Christmas, Calypso and Soca. They perform in what many may describe as a ‘Folk Operatic’ style as they move to every song with well-choreographed steps, which enhances each performance. The magic of Signal Hill Alumni is to see them as well as hear them. They sing intricate and unique arrangements, with great harmonies, six parts…punctuated with dynamic, energetic moves that leaves audiences spellbound.
The most significant awards received by the choir are: The National Award of Trinidad and Togago – Hummingbird Gold for national service in the field of Culture (1997), Trinidad Express Newspapers Group of the Year (2001), Icon of the Nation Award (2002), Sunshine Award in New York for contribution to Caribbean Culture and second place at the Folk/Wales International Choral Festival (2001). The choir has an enviable discography, which includes Xmas Coming, Seasons, One Caribbean Voice, O’Trinidad, Celebrate, Harambee and the 20th Anniversary Double Album Collection.
Signal Hill Alumni Choir in The News:
Tribute to the Signal Hill Alumni Choir, CLICK HERE
Signal Hill CD Review from Armchair Reviews, CLICK HERE
Traditional Zulu song, CLICK HERE
Performance with Trinidad’s native steel pan, CLICK HERE
The Singing Angels from the United States
Charles Eversole, Musical Director
The Singing Angels, founded in 1964, is dedicated to youth development through the highest level of artistic achievement in the performing arts. The mission is to engage youth from all communities in quality music and performing arts education that teaches teamwork, builds confidence, and provides a foundation for life.
Since its debut, The Singing Angels has performed in 34 countries, sung with major celebrities, accompanied symphonies, and entertained dignitaries, presidents, and popes. The Singing Angels has been featured on national and international television, has performed four times at the White House and three times at the Vatican, and has appeared in concert with a host of stars, including Celine Dion, Cathy Rigby, Eartha Kitt, Jon Conlee, B.J. Thomas, Neil Zaza, Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, Kenny Rogers, Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Audrey Hepburn, Jim Brickman, The 5 Browns, Nancy Sinatra, Barenaked Ladies, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the US Army Band.
Canadian Ambassador Choir from Canada
Brian Turnbull, director
Following the Rhythms of One World concerts in New York, 2012, an invitation went out to the participating choir in that event from Whitby, Ontario, for the 2014 Festival in Geneva. Recognizing a larger event, that group reached out to other choirs. The newly formed group: “The Canadian Ambassador Choir”. The Canadian Ambassador Choir is made up of members from four community choirs from around the Toronto area: The Country Town Singers of Whitby, The Queensmen of Toronto Male Chorus, Tempus Choral Society of Oakville, and the Christ Church Chancel Choir of Mississauga.
Led by artistic director and music educator Brian Turnbull, and accompanist and music educator Jane Wamsley, the Ambassador Choir is also thrilled to announce the contribution of Dr. LarryNickel of Vancouver. Dr. Nickel is one of Canada’s best-known and prolific composers of choral music. Dr. Nickel has arranged the piece “Claire La Fontaine” specifically for the Ambassador Choir, which is premiered this July at the Rhythms of One World Festival in Geneva.
The Ambassador Choir is honored to be performing in the Festival and pleased to have formed such a wonderful group who simply enjoy singing together.
Allegretto Children’s Choir from Romania
Adriana Codreanu, director
The Children Chorus ALLEGRETTO has been established in 1974 by Mrs. Adriana Codreanu – musical professor, and it is compound of children with ages between 4 and 14 years old. ALLEGRETTO group has performed over 62 international tournaments and participated in over 56 contents and Festivals, winning 53 Big Prizes, Golden Medal, The Biggest Interpretation Prize, First Place and many Laureate titles. This group had the honor to have as auditors’ famous personalities of the world as Pope John Paul the Second, Presidents of Poland and Italy, President’s Bush family, Kings of Jordan, Belgium and Holland as well as many other great personalities.
During the entire period of their activity, children of the National Chorus ALLEGRETTO have sustained over 1200 Shows and Concerts, more than 500 of them being abroad. They have performed on famous stages as National Opera from Athens – Greece, Tognolo Theatre stage – Venice and Bari – Italy, BBC TV Studious from England, in Morocco, Jordan, Russia, Moldavian Republic, Mongol, National Opera from Warsaw – Poland, in Nancy – France, Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya – Turkey, Macedonia, New Delhi – India, Odessa Opera – Ukraine.
They have also performed for children in many schools and kindergartens and organized shows in hospitals and asylums, for funds rising and philanthropy purpose. ALLEGRETTO group is the only one Romanian children chorus that performed together with Mariana Nicolesco, Michael Jackson, Richard Clayderman, Toto Cutugno, Nicola di Bari, Rita Pavone, Natalia Oreiro and all the great Romanian artists, in oficial concerts in Romania or within special television shows.
ALLEGRETTO National Children Chorus is trained and led by Prof. ADRIANA CODREANU şi GHERASIM RADU CHIRIŢǍ.
United Nations Choir from Geneva
Nadiya Dzyubynska, director
The United Nations Choir in Geneva was created on November 25 of 2009. The idea was taken from the UN Choir in New York that exists since 1947. The repertory of the United Nations Singers includes traditional, popular and classical songs of more than 50 countries of the world in native languages and also some “United Nations” songs. The Choir participates actively in UN Music Club events, performs regularly at WHO Solidarity Fair and takes part in benefit and friendship concerts.
Our goal is to spread the message of peace and friendship in different languages through the universal language of music.
Chorale du Chable from Haute Savoie, France
The Chorale du Châble is composed of some 90 amateur singers. Its repertory is deliberately diverse with a view to meeting the needs and preferences of the different audiences attending its concerts in various locations. The principal objective of the group is to contribute to the development of the musical life of the communities of the region. However, the reputation of the chorale rapidly spread well beyond its original village setting.
The choir was invited to perform in many other parts of the Rhone-Alpes region and after appearing in various localities in France, concerts were organised in other countries: Israel, Italy, England, Canada (Quebec), Germany, Poland without forgetting neighbouring Switzerland …. and the Czech Republic, where the chorale will perform in July 2014.
Our motto: “Offer to some the possibility of singing, to others the desire to do so, and to all the pleasure of listening”