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Harriet Clifford

Dates for Northern Choir Conducting Competition announced

2:36, 7th October 2019

The third Northern Choir Conducting Competition will take place from 9-11 June 2020 in Svendborg, a historic harbour town on the island of Funen in Denmark.

The four competitive stages include sessions with both amateur and semi-professional choirs, and the final round will consist of a rehearsal and concert performance with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble – the professional chamber choir of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

The international jury will include professional conductors and pedagogues representing choirs from the UK, Scandinavia, Germany and France.

The competition repertoire, which will be fully announced at the beginning of March 2020, ranges from late renaissance to contemporary works, and will include music by Spanish, German, Scandinavian, British and French composers plus traditional Danish songs.

The competition is open to conductors born in 1986 or after who are currently living, working or studying in Europe. A top prize of €3,000 plus engagements across Scandinavia will be awarded to the first prize winner, and the top three competitors will also be offered the opportunity to work for a week with the Danish National Vocal Ensemble in Copenhagen followed by a broadcast concert in the city’s famous Trinitatis Kirke.

The window for applications is 15 October 2019 to 14 January 2020. Further information can be found at syngsydfyn.dk and Facebook (Northern Choir Conducting Competition).

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