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Historic city to host international choir competition

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Romantic venue: An overall view of Hội An City. — Photo courtesy Hội An city’s Culture and Sports Centre
Viet Nam News

HỘI AN  — More than 1,000 artists from 10 countries and territories will compete in the fifth Việt Nam International Choir Competition in the historic city of Hội An on June 7-11.

Interkultur, the world’s leading organiser of international choir competitions and festival, picked Hội An for the fifth time as the favourite location to host the 30-choir event. Since the success of the first event in 2011, the event has become an inherent part of international choir tours.

The city’s culture and arts centre said the competition has been a positive promotion for culture and tourism, highlighting Hội An as a peaceful rendezvous for choirs. It’s also an opportunity for Vietnamese artists to exchange performance experience with international choirs at the UNESCO-recognised World heritage site.

Language of song: An old treet in Hội An City. Choir teams will parade in the old quarter after the competition.

The Hà Nội Catholic Youth Choir, found in 2015, will represent Việt Nam at the competition. The Hanoian team will focus on sacred music that it usually performs in masses. The singers, aged 18-31, qualified last year for the TV show "Việt Nam’s Got Talent".

Japan will be represented by the female La Fontana choir that has been singing together for over a decade. The choir consists of working women and has a wide range in its repertoire, including mainly unaccompanied pieces. The group visits hospitals and nursing care facilities and hols concerts in and around Kagoshima, according to organisers.

The organisers also said the competition’s artistic committee will include Prof Dr. Ralf Eisenbeiß (Germany), Vietnamese Đặng Châu Anh and Johan Rooze (Republic of Korea/Netherlands). The jury comprises Randy Stenson (USA/Japan), Kittiporn Tantrarungroj (Thailand), Jonathan Velasco (Philippines) and Wang Jin (China).

International harmony: A local choir team performs in the fourth Việt Nam International Choir Competition in 2015. Hội An City will host the fifth competition on June 7-11. — Photo Interkultur

In 2015, the PSM Unpar Tabela Harati choir team from Indonesia won the highest prize at the fourth Việt Nam International Choir Competition. The Huế Academy of Music Choir won gold in the Mixed Choir category.

Vinschool One Choir received a gold and Hội An Children’s Choir Club bagged the silver in the Folklore category. A Vietnamese team also performed Bả Trạo ("holding paddle"), a special dance from the coastal central region.The organising committee gave out 41 gold and 12 silver prizes in the competition in 2015.

The five-day event will be held at Hội An Theatre, Hội An beach resort, Kazik Park and the old quarter. The event’s organising committee will present awards to competition winners at the Hội An Theatre on June 11, and all participating teams will join a parade in the old streets of Hội An with a farewell party.

The fifth International Choir tournament is part of the 6th Quảng Nam Heritage Festival, being held in Hội An, Mỹ Sơn Sanctuary and Tam Kỳ City from June 7 to 14. — VNS



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