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30 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024


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*CANCELLED* World Symposium on Choral Music

The International Federation for Choral Music annouced on 14 February 2022 that this event will no longer take mplace

The 2023/4 edition of the world’s most prestigious, non-competitive choral event will take place in Doha, Qatar.

Changing Horizons’ 

‘Changing Horizons’ speaks both to this specific IFCM flagship event and the global choral community on many levels. It suggests a new and broader understanding of choral music that includes styles, regions, and traditions of ensemble singing which have been previously excluded from the conventional definition of choral music. There is enormous creative wealth in these parallel artistic expressions and experiences that can enrich the evolution of collective singing. To change the horizon is to take our art form and extend its boundaries. The horizon limits our vision, but horizons need not be stagnant; there will always be more to discover beyond every horizon.

‘Changing Horizons’ also speaks to a world dramatically and unexpectedly altered. Covid-19 has impacted choral singing in a way that could never have been anticipated. The pandemic has brought great hardship but also incredible innovation and growth.

Finally, ‘Changing Horizons’ speaks to the literal horizon of desert and ocean that is so defining to the experience of life in Qatar. Wind sculpting the sand and the sea creates a physical world whose boundaries are forever shifting and adapting. The edges of the horizon are ephemeral, fleeting, and beautiful, like the experience of music itself.

WSCM2023 will bring together the very best the choral world offers with outstanding and relevant choirs, singers, speakers, presenters, conductors, composers, and more. In this new era of changing horizons, there is an opportunity for all of us to share and to learn.

About WSCM

The World Symposium on Choral Music is a one-week event organised every three years, with regional symposia organised in alternate years. They occur in a prominent and attractive city which has the facilities, financial support and managerial structure to successfully plan and administer a major international or regional event.

A local organising committee works in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Choral Music to promote artistic excellence, cooperation and exchange, by bringing together the finest choirs and choral leaders for performances, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and choral reading sessions.

The International Federation for Choral Music sponsors this project in cooperation with a national organisation, institution, or properly constituted committee in a host country. Whether world or regional, it is a meeting of the world’s most prestigious choral conductors and choirs.


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  • Date: 30 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024
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