Cantate Barcelona - International Choral Festival
|Dates 2014||Dates 2015|
|17 - 20 Oct.||16 -19 Oct.|
Choirs from around the world will gather to perform in front of enthralled audiences in the
11th., Cantate Barcelona Choral Festival. They will also get the opportunity to listen to, and enjoy their equals. Over a thousand international voices will be presenting their expertise and passion for choral music.
The Catalan metropolis of Barcelona has its place in the premium league of European cities and is an example of the harmonious coexistence of tradition and modernity. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is a cosmopolitan Mediterranean city incorporating Roman remains in its urban street pattern, medieval districts and the most stunning examples of Modernism and 20th century ultra-modern art.
Originally Roman, Barcelona's long history and economic vitality have endowed it with an impressive cultural heritage, shown in the conservation of its rich historic and artistic heritage and in the encouragement of the latest artistic trends. Its long cultural agenda will lead the visitor through museums, exhibitions, outdoor sculptures and an extensive calendar of music, theatre and dance.
The Pueblo Español (Spanish village) was built in Barcelona during the international world exhibition in 1929 and represents, even today, the diversity of people and cultures of Spain. It is one of the main attractions of Barcelona, visited daily by thousands of Spanish and foreign visitors alike. The main square or Plaza Mayor, is a special stage for concerts all year round.
Here, choirs will be able to introduce their songs to an international
audience. Alternatively, the gothic quarters of Barcelona,
very close to the cathedral, with its many quaint and characteristic
little plazas, is also a great place for an open air concert. In any of these venues, choirs will have the opportunity to sing their repertoire before an international audience.
Friendship Concerts during Cantate Barcelona are planned so that 2 or 3 visiting choirs gather with a local host-choir, for a congenial musical exchange and get-together. An ideal occasion in which to make friends and international contacts in a friendly atmosphere.
A Farewell Concert is planned for the last evening, when all participating choirs present a song of their choice and a final common song in a concert hall. This is followed by a farewell dinner -a great get-togerther - with music and song, bringing the Cantate Barcelona to a festive close.
Sightseeing in Barcelona and Girona are part of this varied programme.
Paris New Year International Choral Festival
|Dates 2014||Dates 2015|
|23 - 26 Jan||Jan|
Open to all choirs
The Festival takes place in Paris-Ille de France during the month of January inaugurating the musical season with a series of concerts in churches, concert halls and other institutions while creating opportunities for French and foreign choirs to meet and fraternize.
The highlight of the Festival takes place in a stunning evening of music in the church of La Madeleine which gives its name to the surrounding neighborhood, next to the St.Honore Faubourg and the Grands Boulevards. In keeping with the wishes of the architect, the church is a perfect setting for large events. This is an international spiritual center which also plays an important role in Parisian cultural life especially in the music world. Its impressive body contributes to the great reputation of La Madeleine as an excellent concert hall. In fact, famous musicians such as Gabriel Fauré and Camille Saint-Saens played the organ here, a Cavaille-Coll. Concerts at La Madeleine are well known and appreciated. Musicians from around the world gather here to offer their concerts.
It is at the La Madeleine where all choirs participating in the event will gather and contribute to the closing final event with their best songs, first individually and then all together. These are moments of deep emotion in the minds of all.
Choral Advent in Vienna
Presented: Anually in November and December, during Advent.
|Dates 2013||Dates 2014|
|21-25 Nov||20-24 Nov|
|28 Nov-02 Dec||27 Nov-1 Dec|
|05-09 Dec||4-8 Dec|
|12-16 Dec||11-15 Dec|
By invitation of the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Vienna, Austria, choirs from all over the world sing in Vienna during the Advent season. Visit Schloss Schonbrunn, which was
once the home of Maria Theresa and the summer residence of the Hapsburg family. Invitational Choral Festival open to all choral types.
Advent Choral Festival of Prague - Check Republic
|Dates 2014||Dates 2014|
|21-24 Nov||20-23 Nov|
|28 Nov-01 Dec||27 -30 Nov|
|05-89 Dec||04-07 Dec|
|12-15 Dec||11-14 Dec|
By invitation of the City Council of Prague, choirs from all over the world sing in Prague during the Advent season. Venues include the beloved Hlahol Choir Building, the open-air stage in the old quarters in the city centre, the National Theatre or Saint
Nicolaus Church. A non-competitive festival in a gathering
of choirs from all over the world.
Cantate Adriatica - Italy
|Dates 2014||Dates 2015|
This non-competitive festival is open to all choirs and takes place in charming San Marino, the oldest republic in the world located betweeen the Italian regions of Romagna and Marken, only a few kilometers away from the cities of Rimini and Riccione on the Adriatic sea. The mini-state of San Marino is rich in art, history and tradition. The place is an ideal setting for choirs to meet in a mediterreanean atmosphere. Friendship concerts with choirs from different countries, are organized in typically Italian venues such as theatres, concert halls and the famous piazzas. The concerts on the last evening are held in the
historical Cava dei Balestrieri, right in the centre of the Old Town of San Marino. Every choir may introduce itself with a song of choice, and to conclude, all choirs sing together bringing the Festival to a closing grand finale.
Concerts during mass-services in Roman Catholic churches can be planned on Sunday morning or Sunday evening in San Marino or in the nearby sea-side towns.
Enjoy a few days with choirs from all over Europe in in the oldest independednt republic in the world. Interesting places to visit are Gradera, an ancient town with narrow streets and an extraordinary walled-castle. Also the historical town of Urbino, world-famous for its architecture (Dogen Palace) and birthplace of the famous Italian painter Raffaello, can be visited during your stay.