2019 World Youth & Children's Choir Festival (13 - 18 July Hong Kong)

For the 7th year running, the World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival (WYCCF) will be held on 13 – 18 July, 2019 in Hong Kong. Organized by the World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association and the Hong Kong Treble Choirs’ Association since 2006, the WYCCF stands as one of the most influential and critically acclaimed of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.

Introduction

  (Mass Choir Performance, 2017 WYCCF)

As a highly anticipated global event comprising choral performances, competitions and cultural exchanges, the Festival has gathered over 300 choirs and thousands of conductors and teachers worldwide to enjoy a week of great musiking, to make lasting friendships, and to learn from the extremely high performing standards of not only the other competing choirs but also of the distinguished Resident Artists.

The Festival had also had the privilege to be broadcast globally by Phoenix TV for all of its past editions and was invited to partner with Mr. Jackie Chan at the Beijing Olympics 2008 – a sign of truly unparalleled successes and reputation that the Festival, and indeed the Association, have gained over the past 20 years.

Past Festival – Highlight Moments

Organizers & Co-organizer

Organizers                                                                                                                             Co-organizer

• World Youth and Children Choral                       • Hong Kong Treble Choirs’                                 • China Music Education Magazine
Artists’ Association (WYCCAA)                               Association (HKTCA)   

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Supporting Organizations

• UNESCO Hong Kong Association                  •  Hong Kong Treble Choir                            • Musica Connection

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Event Dates & Venues

Dates: 13 – 18 July 2019 (Friday – Wednesday)

Venues: Hong Kong Cultural Centre| Sha Tin Town Hall| Tsuen Wan Town Hall| Hong Kong City Hall

Events

There will be plenty of educational activities in the Festival, including

  • International Choral Competition
    • 7 categories
    • 4 tiers of Diplomas (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum)
    • 10+ Grand Prizes
    • HKD 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
  • Masterclasses
    • A series of lectures/workshops for conductors to learn a wide array of repertoire, advanced methods, techniques and ideas
  • Cultural Excursions
    • Exploring Hong Kong’s fantastic sites and heritage

Resident Choirs

The Festival has invited three definitive and world-leading choirs – The King’s Singers, Hamilton Children’s Choir and the Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir – to deliver a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.

 

The King’s Singers

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[…] effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony. – Washington Post

…the musical qualities they embody – pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and a seemingly effortless ability to switch between different stylistic requirements – are so evident.  – The Times

The King’s Singers 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 have an ongoing commitment to new music that has resulted in an extraordinary wealth of original works as well as leading to some fantastic collaborations.

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=oNTnieh-F9U

 

Hamilton Children’s Choir from Canada

Their performance, mission, engagement, communication, and love for/with each other and their captive audience was sacred and raw! – Aaron VanDucker

From the fantastic programming, to the musical and technically challenging performance, to the creative ideas and staging, it was an absolute delight. – Scott Leithead, Artistic Director, Kokopell

Hamilton Children’s Choir (HCC) from Canada enjoys its reputation for being one of the leading children’s choral programs 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 has gained international acclaim and remains an active part of the thriving national and international choral community.

Conductor:Zimfira Poloz

 

Utopia and Reality Chamber Choir

One of the best choirs in the world. The two conductors sharing the work with the choir, are two of the leading conductors in the world and have so much to give and to share with other conductors and choirs. – Naomi Faran

One of the most memorable, varied and enjoyable concerts I ever remember having been to. Gary Carpenter

The URCC is a project choir in which talented young singers from almost 20 different 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.

Conductor:Ragnar Rasmussen & Urša Lah

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International Choir Competition – Categories

  • Category AChildren’s Choir

 

A1 (SA voices)

Time Limit

8 minutes

2 Competition Pieces

One piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece of free choice

Age

12 or under

Gender

No Limitations

 

 

A2 (SA voices)

Time Limit

10 minutes

3 Competition Pieces

One piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece of free choice

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

16 or under

Gender

No Limitations

  • Category B Youth Choir

 

B1 (SA voices)

B2 (TB voices)

B3 (SATB mixed voices)

Time Limit

15 minutes

3 Competition Pieces

One piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece outside the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece of free choice

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

29 or under

Gender

No Limitations

  • Category CContemporary Music

Time Limit

8 minutes

2 Competition pieces

One piece composed after 1950 and in contemporary style;

One commissioned piece written for the Festival

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

29 or under

Gender & Voices

No Limitations

  •  Category DFolklore

Time Limit

8 minutes

2 Competition pieces

Two pieces from the Choir’s home country or cultural region

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

29 or under

Gender & Voices

No Limitations

  • Category E – Show Choir

Time Limit

10 minutes

Competition pieces & Style

No limitations on the number of competition pieces, style, type of performance, drama, staging, choreography or way of performing the choral pieces

Age

29 or under

Gender & Voices

No Limitations

  •  Category F – Ensemble Singing

Time Limit

10 minutes

2 Competition pieces

One piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece of free choice

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

29 or under

Gender & Voices

No Limitations

  •  Category G – Adult Choir

Time Limit

10 minutes

2 Competition pieces

One piece from the Choir’s home country or cultural region;

One piece of free choice

*At least ONE piece should be sung A Cappella

Age

At least 50% of the Choir members shall be aged 29 or above

Gender & Voices

No Limitations

 

Remark: 

  • Marks will be deducted if the time limit is exceeded.
  • Number of Team Members
    • For Categories A, B, C, D, E and G, the lower limit for the number of singers is 25 persons excluding the conductor, accompanists and dancers who are not singing. There is no upper limit for the number of singers for these categories.
    • For Category F, the lower and upper limit for the number of singers are 8 and 16 respectively, excluding the conductor and accompanists.

 

The full rules & regulation will be announced soon.

Grand Prizes and Cash Awards

 

World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association –
The Choir of the World Trophy

HKD 40,000

Jury’s Prize

HKD 20,000

Best Interpretation

HKD 10,000

Best Folk Song Performance

HKD 10,000

Outstanding Conductor Award

HKD 5,000

Category Champions (A, B, C and F)

HKD 3,000

Best A Capella Performance

Best Stage Effects

Musica Connection Audience Award I

Musica Connection Audience Award II

 

And more! (to be updated)

 

The full Rules & Regulation will be announced on soon.

Registration

Registration Fee

To be announced in May 2018

 

Registration Period

May 2018 – May 2019

Contact

World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (WYCCAA)

Unit 03, 9/F, Park Commercial Centre,
180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau,
Hong Kong
(Exit B, Tin Hau MTR Station)

Telephone: (852) 2381 9262
Email: info@wyccaa.com
Homepage: http://www.wyccaa.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WYCCF/
Instagram: wyccaa_official
YouTube: WYCCAA Official

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