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Singing Europe 2016

23 July 2016
Wrocław Municipal Stadium
30 July 2016
St Marie Magdalene Cathedral
6 August 2016
National Forum of Music

The “Singing Europe” project is a continuation of the Singing Wrocław and Singing Poland projects. In 2014–2016 the project has been expanded and now includes the whole of the continent. The idea of the project is to serve as an international meeting forum for dozens of European youth choirs to perform exceptional operatic masterpieces, oratorios and a cappella programmes together in cooperation with world-famous artists. In 2016 the project will be expanded with the region, the cities of which will host the selected ensembles, organising a cappella concerts, meeting with local ensembles and presenting the values of the surroundings.

Singing Europe aims at promoting choir and singing, as well as integration and development of the choir scene by providing an opportunity to exchange experiences and get to know the culture of many countries and regions in Europe, both in the social and cultural aspect. Through the presentation of a repertoire encompassing the main pillars of European musical culture and through cooperation with the world-class artists, the amateur artists will have an opportunity to actively participate in high culture. The participants of the event will be members of choirs from all over Europe, as well as stars of the musical stages of the world—orchestras, soloists, conductors, ensembles invited) as the audience, invited to sing along—thousands of people will take part in the event. During the previous editions of Singing Europe in 2014 and 2015 we had an opportunity to hear: Paul McCreesh, Voces8, Ann Hallenberg, Charles Daniels, Neal Davies, Ewa Vesin, Edyta Kulczak, Jan Martiník, Robert Murray, University of Gdańsk Academic Choir, Astrolabium Choir, Wrocław Medical University Choir “Medici Cantantes”, University of Warsaw Academic Choir, Pardubice University Students’ Choir, Silesian University Choir „Harmonia”, Wrocław University of Technology Academic Choir and over 8,000 of actively singing spectators.

The 2016 edition of Singing Europe is composed of 3 events:
23.07.2016; Saturday; 6:00 p.m.;
Wrocław, Municipal Stadium
The most famous European songs
Featuring:
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny—conductor
SE Choirs

The largest choral event in Europe. In Wrocław, singers from all over Europe will take part in a grand-scale concert. A 3,000-piece choir will sing famous melodies from European countries with the audience of 40,000 gathered at the Municipal Stadium in Wrocław.
Sign-ups for the choirs willing to participate in the concerts are open until 31 March.
The application form can be found at:
http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/projekty-choralne/singing-europe

30.07.2016; Saturday; 6:00 p.m.;
Wrocław, St Marie Magdalene Church, Polish Catholic Cathedral
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy „Elias”
Featuring:
Paul McCreesh—conductor
Rosy Joshua—soprano
Paula Murrihy—mezzosoprano
Robert Murray—tenor
Andrew Foster Williams—bass
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
Wrocław Medical University Choir “Medici Cantates”
University of Warsaw Academic Choir
University of Gdańsk Academic Choir
Akademický Sbor Žerotín
VUS Pardubice
NFM Choir

The monumental Elias by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy is very often called the greatest oratorio of the 19th century. It encompasses the mastery of its creator, supported by his great knowledge of polyphonies and the richness of musical and literary imagination. With its imagery and the most subtle shades of lyricism, but also convincing in its drama, Elias is a masterpiece among oratorios which clearly deserves its spot alongside the greatest works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and Joseph Haydn.

06.08.2016; Saturday; 6:00 p.m.;

Wrocław, National Forum of Music
The most famous arias and opera choirs
Featuring:
Roberto Alagna—tenor
Aleksandra Kurzak—soprano
Paul McCreesh—conductor
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
Silesian University Choir “Harmonia” from Cieszyn
Adam Mickiewicz University Academic Choir
Wrocław University of Technology Academic Choir
Opole University of Technology Academic Choir
NFM Choir

Organiser: National Forum of Music
Artistic coordinator: Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny
Find out more: HERE

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