Prague Choral Meetings 2017
Prague Spring Choral Meeting
April 28-May 1, 2017
Prague Summer Choral Meeting:
July 13-16, 2017
August 3-6, 2017
Prague Autumn Choral Meeting:
November 9-12, 2017
November 16-19, 2017
Prague Advent Choral Meeting:
November 23-26, 2017
November 30-December 3, 2017
Prague Spring Choral Meeting
March 17-20, 2016
Prague Summer Choral Meeting
July 14-17, 2016
August 4-7, 2016
Prague Autumn Choral Meeting
November 10-13, 2016
November 17-20, 2016
Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2016
November 24-27, 2016
December 1-4, 2016
Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2015
November 12-15, 2015
November 19-22, 2015
November 26-29, 2015
December 3-6, 2015
Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2014
November 20-23, 2014
November 27-30, 2014
December 4-7, 2014
Prague Summer Choral Meeting 2014
July 17-20 , 2014
Prague Advent Choral Meeting 2013
November 21-24, 2013
December 5-8, 2013
December 12-15, 2013
Program v češtině
November 22-25, 2012
December 6-9, 2012
December 1 - 4, 2011
December 8-11, 2011
December 2 - 5, 2010
December 9-12, 2010
December 3 - 6, 2009
December 10-13, 2009
December 4 - 7, 2008
Prague Summer Choral Meeting 2014
Orfeão de Espinho, Portugal
Conductor: Dr. Samuel Santos.
The choir was founded on February 11, 1911. The more than 100 years of choir´s existence are marked by intense artistic activities promoting its hometown and representing Portugal. A lot have done its artistic directors, including the late Maestro Fausto Neves. The choir has participated in numerous festivals and choral meetings in Portugal and abroad. Dr. Samuel Santos has been leading the choir since 2010. Members of the choir were awarded Golden medals for merits in cultural area by the Portuguese government In February 2011, commemorating 100th anniversary of the choir. The collective has performed twice in the Portuguese Parliament – it is unseen success for a Portuguese choir.
Rodna Pesen, Bulgaria
Conductor: Levon Manukyan
The mixed choir “Rodna pesen” (Native Song) (belonging to municipality of Burgas) is an heir of rich choral traditions, whose roots we can find in the very beginning of the last century. Generations of amateurs and future professionals who have dedicated their lives to music are formed thanks to the choir’s activity. One of the ways in which the choir expands its repertoire is by introducing Church-Slavonic music, which is met with huge success during concerts, tours and festivals in Poland, Germany, France and Switzerland. One of the most memorable performances is the one of Mozart’s Requiem in the Roman Basilica “San Giovanni in Laterano” where the choir’s soloist is the great opera singer Katia Ricciarelli. Next for the choir come participations in major choral events for sacred music in Italy, Germany, Greece, Serbia, Macedonia and Croatia.
The last few years Rodna Pesen’s repertoire has been extended with new genres of popular music. Under the leadership of Levon Manukyan, the members of the choir take part in numerous artistic experiments, combining choral singing with symphonic and electronic music and classical traditions with rock and metal sounds
Bardos Lajos Mixed Choir Tatabanya, Hungary
The choir was founded in 1994 from the members of prestigious Miners’ Choir that worked since 1959. The choir has traditional choral repertoire that a wide range of choral literature from the Renaissance up to the works written in the 21st century, both by Hungarian and foreign composers, paying special attention to works of Zoltan Kodaly, as well as the eponymous composer Lajos Bardos. Since autumn 2001 they organize own concert every year – they sing in and around Tatabanya in churches, schools and city events. The choir´s mission is the high-toned and colorful performance of choral works, promotion of singing in choir, establishment of programs for this with the intention to arouse the audience's attention to the beauties of choral music and encourage the accession so that the new members also can experience the joy of singing.
Chorale Saint Roch de Jehanster, Belgium
Conductor: Olivier Franck
The Choir Saint Roch was born at Christmas 1959 thanks to several people who united under direction Albert Macquet in order to celebrate the midnight service at the church of Jehanster. Now there are 30 singers in the choir – they meet once a week to share the joy of singing and being together. Their repertoire of 4 mixed voices is wide, from classic to sacred, negro spirituals to French and foreign songs – always a cappella. They organize two concerts per year, accompany marriage messes and regularly participate in concerts and festivals. Olivier Franck has been directing the choir for 4 years.
La chorale des Califrenzies, Switzerland
Conductor: Franz Josefovski
La chorale des Califrenzies was founded by dynamic moms who desired to sing on September 1, 1997. Les Califrenzies sing three voices: soprano 1, soprano 2 et alto. The name of the choir was chosen based on the location of the first rehearsal located at the California School at Vésenaz ( CALI ) and the name of the choir director Franz Josefovski (Frenzi ) which gave " THE CALIFRENZIES". Following the success, it was decided to establish a non –profit association on February 11, 1998. It is now funded by the community of Collonge-Bellerive . The aim of the choir is singing, organizing comcerts or participating in shows of all genres to create animation in their community. Since 2006 they are members of the Union of Geneva and Swiss Singers - currently there forty members in the ensemble. The Califrenzies have participated in many concerts and shows – e.g. in 2007 they successfully staged musical comedy “Starmania” by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon to celebrate the choir´s 10th anniversary, in 2009 they performed the show “Dalida” dedicated to her life and her music. In 2011 it was a show dedicated to the songs of the 80´s: “Annees 80”. Working with a group of actors and musicians they re-discovered a large number of songs from that decade.
Chór Kameralny PSM I i II Stopnia im. L. Różyckiego - Gliwice, Poland
Conductor: Joanna Pudlik
The Chamber Choir of State Musical School of L. Różycki of I and II Degree from Gliwice is a youth choir in which sing students and graduates of the Musical School in Gliwice. The repertoire is focused on sacred music – the choir members sing it with passion. The choir is directed by Mrs. Joanna Pudlik who has a long-year experience with work with young people. They have won bronze at this year´s XXIII International Festival of Carols in Myślenice and Festiwal Pieśni Chóralnej Kolędy i Pastorałki, in 2012 they won Grand Prix at the Tychy Carol Evenings Festival.
Mienia River Gospel Choir, Poland
Conductor: Malwina Borkowicz
Mienia River Gospel Choir, is an amateur choir at the Regional Cultural Centre in Wiązowna pod Warszawą. It is not a huge ensemble but everybody contributes a lot to the choir´s compactness. The choir was founded under direction of Przemysław Kociszewski in 2009. The conductor Kociszewski sadly died of cancer in 2012. Ms. Malwina Borkowicz took over conducting the choir after few month´s break. The repertoire is formed by classical gospel melodies as well as secular songs. They have had numerous performances, e.g. at the District Review of Choirs in Otwock, in the Cathedral of Warsaw before the Archbishop of Warsaw and at many outdoor events. It is a group of music lovers, especially fond of gospel, but also a unique group of friends.
Chór Soli Deo, Poland
Conductor: Michał Gacka
The history of Choir Soli Deo from Nakło nad Notecią goes back to 1891 when Choir Harmonia was formed – later it turned into Chór Męski in 1927. In 2000 was on its based formed a multigenerational polyphonic mixed a cappella choir that has been successfully maintaining the more than centennial choral singing tradition in Naklo.
The choir is very actively participating in life of their town, performs at religious, national and local festivities. They are well know also beyond limits of their region – they won many awards during choir competitions and meetings. They can be proud e.g. of bronze band at the all Poland festivals in Chojnice and Chelmno, 1st place at Bydgoszcz President Cup, 2nd place at International Passion Song Festival in Szczecin.
Coral Al-Bojaira de Cájar, Spain
Conductor: Purificación Cano
Coral Polifónica Al-Bojaira has 26 members. The choir was formed on initiative of D. Benjamin Prados Ruíz de Valdivia in January 1993. The rehearsals were directed by D. Ignacio Rejón García - they can both be considered founders of the choir. The ensemble is member of FEGRACO (Federación Granadina de Corales) and COANCO (Confederación Andaluza de Corales). Their rich repertoire is formed both by sacred and secular music - taking special care of works by the composer Juan Alfonso García. The actual choir director is Mrs. Purificación Cano (since October 2006). She is a piano player, professor and soloist. Mrs. Cano holds the title “Superior of Piano” with extraordinary prize for end of career and title “Superior of Chamber Music” and Superior “Elementary of Violin”. The choir has participated in numerous performances of a varied nature and purpose (concerts, festivals, choral meetings, events, tributes) in Granada and province and many places all over of the Spain.
St.-Georgs-Chorknaben Ulm, Germany
Conductor: Thomas Stang
St. Georg’s Boys Choir was founded in 1968 and today includes 90 permanent members. The average age of the group varies between 8 and 22 years.
The boys rehearse twice weekly to take part in 20 sung services every year. In addition to its primary role of singing services, the choir gives concerts, undertakes tours (Italy, Austria, Great Britain, France, Poland, Hungary, India) and has been featured on both radio and TV. The choir has two professional voice trainers: Katarzyna Jagiello and Girard Rhoden.
Not particular style is favoured and the repertoire stretches from the 15th century music to modern times. While being a member of the Music School in Ulm, the St. Georg’s Boys Choir is also a member of “Pueri Cantores International”
Coral TAB – Trabalhadores Autarquia do Barreiro, Portugal
Conductor: Manuel Gonçalves
The choir was founded in January 1993, by the staff of the Municipality of Barreiro, beginning its regular rehearsals on January 27, 1994 with an initial group of 23 members. In 1996 they participated other artists in recording of the “Abraço de Natal” (a Christmas CD) and in October 1997 published their own CD "Fado Coral". The TAB Choir has also participated on TV and radio programs, performing various shows with mixed repertoire of classic and traditional songs. The choir promotes cultural exchanges with other associations, conducting and participating in choirs meetings and concerts in Portugal and in other countries: Galicia and Catalunya in Spain, Italy. Annually they organize a Choirs´ Meeting of Barreiro County. They are well-known for participation in a large number of concerts performed in the City of Barreiro, celebrating festive seasons, most times performing with the Municipal Band of Barreiro.
Coro Organicantum, Italy
conductor: Edoardo Marengo
Born at the end of 2011 and currently composed by 18 members, the “Coro Organicantum” gathers amateur choristers without a specific musical education, only joined together by their love for sacred chant and music. Since its birth, the choir has held many concerts in Piedmont in Northern Italy with other amateur groups to praise together the Lord and to share with people the richness of the sacred music repertoire. The Organicantum Choir held the closing concert of the 1st edition of the Langhe and Roero’s Sacred Music Festival, sang in St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome-Vatican, and joined different choral festivals. Edoardo Marengo is conductor of the Organicantum Choir since 2011, he is also founder of the Organicantum Association, wherewith he organizes the annual Langhe and Roero’s Sacred Music Festival in Northern Italy, with important sponsorships.
Érsekvadkerti Pedagóguskórus (Érsekvadkert Pedagogic Choir), Hungary
Conductor: László Gyimesi
The choir was founded in 2000 as a female choir – since 2008 it is a mixed choir. There are 30 members in the choir. Their main task is to contribute to cultural life of the north Hungarian region Nógrád area. The grounder of the choir is also its conductor – Mr. László Gyimesi, chairman of faculty at the School of Arts of Márk Rózsavölgyi in Balassagyarmat. In recent 5 year they have participated under his direction in numerous successfull concerts – outside Hungary they performed in Assisi, Italy. They organize own Christmas and Easter concerts – last May they gave a concert in the Bishops Castle of Vác. Their repertoire consists of songs from Renaissance till 20th century works, including sacred, folk and musical compositions. At the first choral competition of Radio Maria in 2013 they won bronze, in the Hungarian choir classification system KÓTA they received the title „festival choir“.
Coral del Joncar, Catalunya - Spain
Conductor: Jordi Piccorelli i López
The choir was born in 1982 in the neighborhood of Poble Nou, beach area of Barcelona. Since then they have been steadily consolidating their musical quality thanks to the professionalism and enthusiasm of directors and strong singers. Being a member of the Catalan Federation of Choirs, supported by Council of the District of St. Martí , they participate in institutional events and regularly organize own musical productions. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2007, the choir performed the opera „Love Elixir“ by Donizetti Caetano at Joncar, under the direction of Victor Frigola. In 2012 they went to the cities of Arco and Cittá di Ala in Trentino (Italy) with an exchange between choirs of these areas. In 2013 they studied the operetta „The Merry Widow“ in Catalan with in Centre Moral i Cultural del Poblenou, with more than seventy people on the stage. For this trip to Prague were invited singers of others choirs of Catalonia. The repertoire for Prague consists of different Catalan and traditional songs as a vindication of cultural identity of Catalonia as a country.
Ave Musica, Lithuania
Conductor: Algirdas Viesulas
Ave Musica, a chamber choir from Kedainiai, Lithuania, was formed in 1996.
The choir is composed of 24 members from various professions such as music instructors, engineers and students. Ave Musica specializes in classical compositions and pop music.
The conductor Mr. Algirdas Viesulas graduated from Music Academy of Lithuania and gained the profession of the conductor. At this moment he is directing two famous choirs in Lithuania: the chamber female choir Volunge (Panevezys) and chamber choir Ave Musica (Kedainiai). Ave Musica performs 15 - 20 concerts annually. They took part in international competitions: Barcelona (Spain, 2002) - silver medal, Rhodes (Greece, 2003) - bronze medal, Daugavpils (Latvia, 2005) - silver diploma, Riva del Garda (Italy, 2007) – gold diploma.
Coral de Biomédicas, Portugal
Conductor: António Sérgio Ferreira
The Choir of Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedics of University in Porto was founded by its students in 1978. With their repertoire oriented mainly on the traditional Portuguese music they have been growing academically and in the city under direction of José Ferreira Lobo.
After an interruption of activity in the late 1980´s another generation of students revived the choir in 1994 when the artistic and musical direction was taken over by Maestro António Sérgio Ferreira who has been conducting the choir till now. Since then, the choir has studied the most diverse styles – from big works such as “Missa Crioula” by Ariel Ramirez, “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, jazz and Broadways classics as well as traditional music – Portuguese and American. They are proud of performances for outstanding personalities such as Elisabet II, the Queen of England, Dalai Lama and also numerous of sold out concerts.
The CICBAS regularly promotes events in Porto, especially since it is recently partnered with the Association of University Volunteers - VO.U in annual promotion of a "Solidarity Concert" – its first edition took place at the Museum Nacional de Soares dos Reis.
It is also often the choir organizes tours, having performed in many European countries, Thailand, Hongkong and Macao.