Rob Elliott announced as new director of Cornwall choral festival
20 July 2015, Rebecca Morton
Rob Elliott has been announced as the new director of Cornwall’s International Male Voice Choral Festival, following the retirement of Peter Davies, who held the post for nine years. Elliot will lead the eighth biennial festival in 2017, which encompasses workshops, concerts and tuition for directors and singers in venues across Cornwall.
St Albans winners
20 July 2015
Johannes Zeinler, 1st Prize and Gold Medal winner, Interpretation
David Cassan, Tournemire Prize winner, Improvisation
The competitions at St Albans International Organ Festival finished with a flourish on Friday, with two competitors in the morning’s Improvisation final, and four in the Interpretation final in the evening.
Coming from Germany and France respectively, Lukas Grimm and David Cassan both gave convincing performances of Tournemire’s Improvisation sur le Te Deum (as transcribed by Duruflé) before improvising three movements in symphonic style on the plainchant Ave Maris Stella and two themes by Piet Kee. David Cassan took the Tournemire Prize with his impressively integrated performance.
The four Interpretation finalists – Johannes Zeinler (Austria), Michal Kocot (Poland), Zita Nauratyill (Hungary) and Davide Mariano (Italy) – each peformed a Handel organ concerto with the Orchester Wiener Akademie, directed by founder-director (and jury member) Martin Haselböck, before completing their programmes with a free choice of works by J.S. Bach and other composers. Each performer shone in different ways, but the overall winner and gold medallist was Johannes Zeinler, with Davide Mariano taking the second prize (sponsored by Choir & Organ's parent company, Rhinegold Publishing).
The winners of the other awards were:
- Peter Hurford Bach Prize: Davide Mariano
- Audience Prize: Zita Nauratyill
- Paul Patterson Prize for the best performance of the commissioned work, Paul Patterson’s Volcano: Zita Nauratyill
- Douglas May Award: Thomas Gaynor, from New Zealand
4.5% of Europe involved in choral singing
10 July 2015, Katy Wright
A study by the Voice Project has found that 4.5% of Europe’s population are actively engaged in choral singing. Singing Europe discovered that 37 million people are involved in about 1 million choirs or vocal ensembles.
RPS announces 2015 ENCORE Choral pieces
8 July 2015, Katy Wright
Robin HollowayHanya Chlala
Robin Holloway's Christmas Carol and Jonathan Lloyd's Mass have been selected for the Royal Philharmonic Society's ENCORE Choral scheme, which aims to promote neglected contemporary gems of the British choral repertoire. Both works will receive a BBC broadcast and live performance in the UK during 2016/17.
July/August issue out now
30 June 2015
Maverick organ builder Peter Collins reflects on 50 years in the business and introduces his new instrument for St Albans International Organ Festival; we revisit the rich legacy of works commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival over the years, from Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi to John Joubert’s An English Requiem; and David Wordsworth argues for the dust to be blown off the choral works of neglected Italian composer Goffredo Petrassi. Plus, conductor David Hill’s advice for maintaining the energy of Handel’s Dixit Dominus; one of ‘Father’ Willis’s finest organs is meticulously restored in Brisbane City Hall; the delicate art of reconstructing Tudor partbooks; the Edinburgh International Festival Chorus at 50; reappraising the legacy of William Faulkes, England’s most prolific organ composer; our International Directory of Pipe Organ Builders supplement; and your chance to WIN tickets to St Alban’s International Organ Festival’s Interpretation Final.