2019 World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival – Hong Kong
July 13 @ 8:00 am - July 18 @ 5:00 pm HKT
The 7th World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival – Hong Kong (WYCCF) will take place from 13 – 18 July 2019.
As a highly anticipated global event encompassing performances, competitions, masterclasses, workshops and cultural exchanges, this biennial Festival is dedicated to creating a stage for choirs, conductors, experts, teachers and students worldwide to enjoy a week of great music, and to learn from the distinguished Resident Artists and other fellow competing choirs.
Organised by the World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association and Hong Kong Treble Choirs’ Association since 2006, in association with China Music Education Magazine, and with the full support of UNESCO Hong Kong Association and Musica Connection Limited, the WYCCF stands as one of the most influential and critically acclaimed of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.
The organisers are delighted to welcome you as individual or your choir to the 7th WYCCF.
There is a string of educational activities in the Festival, including
International Choral Competition: 10 Categories; 4 tiers of Awards (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum); 10+ Grand Prizes; HK$100,000+ Cash Awards
International Starry Concerts: Concerts featuring our Resident Artists and Guest Choirs
Friendly Concerts: Where participating choirs perform for and learn from each other with on-stage comments from distinguished Choral Clinicians
Masterclasses & Workshops: A series of lectures/ workshops for conductors and music teachers to learn a wide array of repertoire, advanced methods, techniques and ideas
Cultural Excursions: Exploring Hong Kong’s fantastic sites and heritage
The Festival has invited three definitive and world-leading choirs – The King’s Singers, Hamilton Children’s Choir and the Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir20 – to deliver a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.
The King’s Singers (UK)
‘… effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony.’ – Washington Post
Winner of multiple Grammy® and Emmy® Awards, the 6-piece ensemble is consistently welcomed on the world’s great stages today and has been throughout their history. They are ambassadors for musical excellence around the globe and are as determined as ever to inspire audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future.
Hamilton Children’s Choir (Canada)
Their performance, mission, engagement, communication, and love for/ with each other and their captive audience was sacred and raw! – Aaron Van DUCKER
Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC) from Canada enjoys its reputation for being one of the most sought-after choirs in the world. Going far beyond technical excellence, the choir consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence. Celebrating over 40 years of choral singing and under the direction of Zimfira POLOZ, the HCC embraces a more boundless approach to develop choral music education and performance programmes and has appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed choral events in the modern world.
Conductor: Zimfira Poloz
Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir (Europe)
‘One of the most memorable, varied and enjoyable concerts I ever remember having been to.’ – Gary Carpenter
Led by two of the most pre-eminent choral conductors, the URCC is a project choir in which talented young singers from almost 20 countries join to perform contemporary choral music. The aim of the project is to perform on a very high artistic level, to encourage singers to think about the role of arts in the society today, to explore different ways of influencing audiences and to nurture young singers through establishing a strong role of the individual in the group.
Conductors: Ragnar Rasmussen & Urša Lah
International Choir Competition – Categories
The 10-category competition will be adjudicated by a Jury of more than 20 choral music experts from all around the world, including WYCCAA Vice Presidents Dr. Brady ALLRED, Prof. Martin BERGER, Dr. Milan KOLENA, Mr. Da-peng MENG, Prof. Ragnar RASMUSSEN, Asso. Prof. Ursa LAH, Dr. Zoltan PAD, Prof. Zimfira POLOZ and many more.
The competition comprises two rounds, Category Competitions and Competition Finals. Champion awarded with Gold Award or above of each category will enter the Competition Finals. The Grand and Cash Prizes will be awarded based on their performances at the Finals, which will be voted by the Jury of the Festival.