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Canada's Hamilton Children's Choir will join choirs from across the globe to perform at the Symposium

Harriet Clifford

From Auckland to Qatar

10:23, 14th November 2019

Advance registration for the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) closes at the end of December.*

From 11-18 July 2020, Auckland, New Zealand will welcome 24 world-class choirs and over 40 choral practitioners to the Symposium.

Choirs from across the globe have been selected to perform out of an unprecedented number of applicants, with those successful including Collegium Musicale (Estonia), Hamilton Children’s Choir (Canada), Ensemble Vocapella Limburg (Germany), Houston Chamber Choir (US), and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain (UK).

Working around the theme of ‘People and the Land’, the selected international presenters will host workshops, masterclasses and demonstrations on a variety of topics, including conducting, vocal technique, intonation and programming.

John Rosser, artistic director of the Auckland symposium, commented, ‘We felt that this theme was relevant to us all in some way, while also containing a certain amount of tension – the stuff of lively programming. Those applying rose magnificently to the challenge and presented us with a wide range of creative takes on the theme.’

The International Federation of Choral Music’s (IFCM) flagship event, which takes place every three years, is considered one of the world’s most prestigious non competitive choral events. It was first held in 1987 and has since welcomed choirs, choristers, conductors, presenters and composers to cities around the world, including Barcelona, Seoul, Copenhagen, Kyoto, Sydney, Vancouver and Vienna.

It was announced in October that Qatar has won the bid to host the 2023 event, in which the musical heritage of the Middle East and Central Asia will be explored.

Registration is now open and reduced prices will be available until midnight on 31 December.*



*This is a correction to the printed version of this story, which stated that registration was to open in January. 

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