Česká Lípa Children’s Choir – Czech Republic

Director: Petr Novák

Category: A (Children and Youth Choirs)

Česká Lípa’s Children Choir was founded 1st January 1994. Since that year the choir has performed concerts in the Czech Republic and also abroad in most European countries, in South Africa and several times in the USA. They perform about fifty concerts every year, take parts in various competitions, tours abroad and organizes regular workshops. Česká Lípa’s Children Choir also takes part in a local music festival in Česká Lípa that focuses mainly on classical music, and has recorded 6 CDs “Tichá noc”, “Potěšení”, “…burem zpjívat”, “ V dobrým sme se sešli”, “Tóny ročních dob”, and “Hraj muziko, hraj!”. Česká Lípa’s Children Choir mainly sing religious music, folk songs, spirituals, as well as melodies from musicals, and pieces by famous composers. It is necessary to mention their cooperation with North Bohemian Philharmonic Teplice, with the Orchestra of F. X. Šalda Theatre, Symphonic Orchestra Atlantis in Prague. The Choir was founded by Mr Petr Novák who has been leading it as its Art Director since then. Petr Novák studied Popularization of music and Organization of music life at the University of Jan Evangelist Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem. He has worked as a music teacher at the elementary school in Česká Lípa and also worked as choir master of North Bohemian Teachers‘ Choir, Choir Reneta in Liberec and in Česká Lípa’s Evergreen. He occasionally conducts at big orchestral concerts where the Choir sings. Since 2009 Petr has been working as a manager of Culture in Česká Lípa.  Website

 

MIBIDIZO – Czech Republic

Director: Eva Ježíková

Category: A (Children and Youth Choirs)

The children’s choir MIBIDIZO has been practicing at the Alfréd Radok Primary Art School in Valašské Meziříčí  for more than seventeen years and forms an integral part of the school. Children aged 10 and older make up the choir and they meet twice a week for choir practise. The Choir primarily performs works by contemporary artists, focusing on polyphony. MBIDIZIO choir participates in events run by the Art School and by the Town of Valašské Meziříčí. It participates in competitions and shows in the Zlín Region, all around the Czech Republic and abroad as well. The choir has visited several European countries, including Spain, Italy, Belgium, Montenegro, Switzerland and Austria. Thanks to its well-earned success in the world of music, the MIBIDIZO Choir is one of the Czech Republic’s leading children’s choirs.  Website

 

 Calicantus Children’s Choir – Switzerland

Director: Mario Fontana 

Category: A (Children and Youth Choirs)

The Choir Calicantus is the concert ensemble from the singing school with the same name, founded in 1993 by maestro Mario Fontana. The school trains 150 pupils from 4 to 18 years old in the singing and performing practices of all eras. Calicantus has become an educational and artistic model on an international scale. It’s regularly called to perform first performances and collaborates with internationally renowned artists. Calicantus represented Switzerland at the “World of Children’s Choirs” Festival in Canada in 2001 as well as in over a hundred tours throughout Europe. They have won several awards, including the 1st prize at the Swiss Competition in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2008 it was named “The biggest joy in Copenhagen” in the 8th World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen. In 2010 they won 4 first prizes at the prestigious International Choral Competition of Montreux with congratulations from the Jury. In 2015 they competed at the “Rimini International Choral Competition in Rimini” obtaining the 1st prize in the category “Equal Voices” and silver medals in the categories “Children and Youth Choirs” and “Folk/Popular Music”. The choir regularly collaborates with the Swiss composer Ivo Antognini, with the Swiss Radio and with the Italian Swiss Orchestra. In addition to the artistic and cultural development of young people, the Calicantus Choir’s mission has resulted in numerous charitable initiatives for the protection of children, especially with Doctors without Borders.  Website

 

Choir of Medical University of Białystok – Poland

Director: Anna Moniuszko

Category: B (Adult Choirs)

The group is a mixed choir. Its repertoire consists of sacral and secular pieces ranging from the early Renaissance period to premieres of contemporary artists’ works. The choir also performs oratorios and operas, singing with symphonic and chamber groups both from Poland and from abroad. Since 1970s, it has regularly collaborated with the orchestra of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. It also performed with Philharmonic Orchestras of Szczecin, Kielce, Lublin, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, University of Louvain, as well as with Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve, Vita et Musica Philharmonic Orchestra and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. In their long history, medical students from Białystok have participated in numerous prestigious competitions and festivals, winning many prizes and awards. They performed concerts in multiple European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Lithuania, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Great Britain and Vatican City where they had the honour to perform during a holy mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. They were also the only choir from Poland who participated in the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel. The group has made archival recordings for Program 2 of the Polish Radio, for radiostations in Belgium, Denmark, France and Ireland, as well as Polish and Belgian television. In 1990, an album with F. Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat major (missa solemnis) was recorded as a result of a collaboration with Ars Medica pro Humanitate Foundation and the Belgian Medical Orchestra. In 2006, the choir participated in a cross-border project called We are connected by the Forest and the Song in Bialowieża, Poland and Kamieniec, Belarus. During the project, the group recorded an album with songs inspired by the Bialowieża Forest, composed by Felix Nowowiejski and Romuald Twardowski. In 2011, during the 60th anniversary of the Medical University of Białystok, the choir and an early music instrumental ensemble recorded an album entitled Musica pro anima containing A. Vivaldi’s Magnificat. In 2017, the group celebrated its 65th anniversary. The jubilee concert consisted of two parts – during the first one the choir, conducted by Prof. Bożenna Sawicka (previous conductor), performed a’cappella compositions. During the second part conducted by Anna Moniuszko, PhD (current conductor of the group) M. Palmeri’s Misatango – Misa a Buenos Aires was performed by the choir together with Diletto musical ensemble and soloists. Many recognized Polish soloists such as Agniesza Zwierko, Małgorzata Walewska, Adam Zdunikowski and Robert Gierlach began their muscial careers by collaborating with the Choir of Medical Univerity of Białystok. The choir has been an integral part of the univeristy almost since its foundation. We believe that what has been built through many years of successive work and love for music will continue to develop and bring pride to our Alma Mater, our city and most importantly to everyone who ventured to come to a rehearsal for the first time… and stayed. For one remains a chorister for their whole life.  Website

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