St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium has been invited to participate in the 11th IFCM /International Federation for Choral Music/ world symposium on choral music, which will take place from 22nd – 29th July, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. As mentioned on the official website, the event will follow the theme of the Colours of Peace, and bring together the world’s choirs, choral musicians, composers and publishers.
Symposium in brief
The World Choral Symposium is the most esteemed non-competing choral meeting organized by IFCM. Such events have been organised since 1987 every third year in various parts of the world. The upcoming 11th symposium will host 24 selected choirs from Spain, USA, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, the Netherlands, Denmark, Korea, Ireland, Moldovia, the Philippines, Latvia and Slovenia. Some of them are to sing premieres of sixteen renowned composers such as Ēriks Ešenvalds, Bob Chilcott, Jocelyn Hagen, Hideki Chihara and others.
Who will be there?
The symposium’s organizers expect 3000 conductors, singers, composers and other music experts. The programme consists of concerts in the central auditorium and some other venues of exceptional architectural beauty, such as Palace of Catalan Music and the Sagrada Familia, lectures given by experts from different countries, master classes led by Elisenda Carrasco, Helmuth Rilling, Rollo Dilworth and Simon Halsey and other events. Among others, Choral EXPO needs to be mentioned where music editors, producers, festival organizers, and providers of music business will meet and highlight their services. It is an important platform for promotion of music events and activities and above all for presentation and purchase of music and professional literature.
St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir Cannot Wait to Go
St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir of the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium will perform in the second part of the symposium from 26th – 29th July. The girls under the leadership of the conductor Helena Fojkar Zupančič are looking forward to meeting and listening to some world famous choirs. The preparations are in full swing and they are proud to present Slovenia and St. Stanislav’s Institution with the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium at such a prominent choral event.
The conductor of the choir Helena Fojkar Zupančič commented on the upcoming event with the following words: “A year and a half ago we were invited to apply for the selection of performing choirs. The board of experts have chosen our choir along with 24 others from all over the world on the basis of a weighty programme, video and audio recordings as well as strong references. Now we are happy to embrace this unique possibility and perform in such outstanding music event.”