'BELT AND ROAD' WORLD CHOIR FESTIVAL – HONG KONG
15-19 JULY 2018
Prof. Leon Shiu-wai TONG
Hong Kong Cultural Centre | Tsuen Wan Town Hall | Sha Tin Town Hall
As the title suggests, the new choir festival echoes the ‘Belt & Road’ initiative which advocates for deeper and tighter cultural exchanges and connections across the Eurasian continent.
The festival is therefore envisaged to be an all-encompassing platform to explore the history and cultural heritage of such related countries through the choral arts, and to search for artistic and choral perfection from all over the world – through which we hope to share and celebrate peace, love, and cultural diversity.
There will be plenty of educational activities within the festival, including
- Belt & Road Choral Competition
- Belt & Road Starry Concerts Series
- Interactive Workshops (in which participating choirs will workshop and perform together with one of the Resident Artists)
- Cultural Excursions
- Friendly Concerts (where participating choirs perform for and learn from each other)
The festival has invited definitive and world-leading choirs, the Ponomaryov ‘Vesna’ Children’s Choir (winner of the Grand Prize of the Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition) and the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (NZSSC, winner of the ‘Choir of the World’ title at the predecessor of WYCCF) and Oxford Maqam to attend as the festival’s Resident Choirs to give a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.
PONOMARYOV VESNA CHILDREN'S CHOIR
‘Vesna’ is a choir distinguished by the originality of its creative approach, a refined taste, impeccable singing technique, inimitable on-stage expression and in-depth interpretation.
It is known for being an artistic benchmark for the modern choir art as performed by children – a community that for five decades has been giving its listeners a gift of happiness and joy through its spring-like (‘Vesna’) art.
THE NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY STUDENTS' CHOIR
NZSSC comprises 60 of New Zealand’s finest young choral voices.
It promises to inspire their members by performing a wide variety of music including many works from New Zealand composers and strongly believes in empowering youth through the celebration of choral music.
OXFORD MAQAM ENSEMBLE
Ever since it formed in 2008, the Oxford Maqam ensemble has contributed to the broadening of understanding of Egyptian musical culture, both in terms of traditional artistry and historical timespan.
This pioneering group comprises both an Arab takht (chamber ensemble) and a Big Band, presenting concerts, talks and workshops.
‘Revolutionary’, ‘Spiritual’, ‘Powerfully Atmospheric’ – SongLines magazine
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