2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival (15 – 19 / 7 Hong Kong)

INTRODUCTION

2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival

15 – 19 / 7 / 2018   Hong Kong 

Artistic Director: Prof. Leon Shiu-wai TONG

Hong Kong Cultural Centre | Tsuen Wan Town Hall | Sha Tin Town Hall

Building upon the enormous success and reputation that the Association has established by its biennial flagship festival (WYCCF), the WYCCAA is pleased to present a new festival next year, the 2018 Belt & Road World Choir Festival. It is open for choirs of all ages and levels and the competition offers 8 categories for different voices and genres.

Download the Materials Below (PDF)

Download <Competition Rules & Regulations>

Choir Online Registration Form

THEME

One Belt One Road • One Voice One Dream

As the title suggests, the new choir festival echoes the “Belt & Road” initiative which advocates for deeper and tighter cultural exchanges and connections across the Eurasian continent. The festival is therefore envisaged to be an all-encompassing platform to explore the history and cultural heritage of such related countries through the choral arts, and to search for artistic and choral perfection from all over the world–through which we hope to share and celebrate peace, love, and cultural diversity.

EVENTS

There will be plenty of educational activities within the festival, including

  • Belt & Road Starry Concerts Series  
  • 12 Masterclasses are designed for choir conductors and teachers to enhance their conducting skills and techniques which conducted by 10 choral maestros from around the world. 
  • A series of interactive workshops in which participating choirs would workshop and perform together with one of the Resident Choirs or one of the established local choirs.
  • Friendly Concerts where participating choirs perform for and learn from each other.
  • Cultural Excursions
Date Venue Morning Afternoon Evening
15 July Hotel, University dorm  Arrival  
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Competitions (Sound Check)  
 (TBC)    Festival Preview & Welcoming Dinner
16 July Tsuen Wan Town Hall Competitions
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Competitions (Sound Check) Opening Ceremony & Concert
Sha Tin Town Hall   

Musica Connection‧Opening Friendly Concert
(to be confirmed)

Hotel Conference Room Choral Conducting Masterclass  
17 July Tsuen Wan Town Hall Competitions
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Competitions Interactive Masterclass Belt and Road Starry Concert – Ponomaryov Vesna Children’s Choir Concert: Legendary World Champion‧Heavenly Children Voices
Sha Tin Town Hall Musica Connection‧ Friendly Concert Interactive Masterclass Belt and Road Starry Concert – New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir and Moran Singers Ensemble Concert
Hotel Conference Room Choral Conducting Masterclass  
18 July Hong Kong Cultural Centre Prize Giving Ceremony & Meet the Jury Competitions (Sound Check) Closing Ceremony & Final Night
Sha Tin Town Hall Musica Connection‧ Friendly Concert Interactive Masterclass Musica Connection‧Closing Friendly Concert
Hotel Conference Room Choral Conducting Masterclass  
 7月19日 Hotel, University dorm   Departure  

*Above is a tentative event schedule. 

 

2018 B&R WCF Masterclasses
The Association has the right to mobilize, modify or cancel any arrangements about the chorus festivals.
Speaker’s Name Topic (English)
Prof. Martin BERGER (South Africa) Choral Conducting Masterclass Series:
Arrange, Sing, Move, Dance!
– Core elements in African Choral Music
Choral Conducting Masterclass Series:
The Art of Choral Training & Conducting
Choral Conducting Masterclass Series:
Gesture Speaks: Implications & Practice of Non-verbal Gesture in Conducting
Mr. Aarne SALUVEER
(Estonia)
“A Singing Nation”: An Introduction to Estonian Choral Life & Music
Mrs. Naomi FARAN
(Isarel)
Eternal Inherent Traditions: An Introduction to Israeli Choral Music
Ms. Nadezhda AVERINA
(Russia)
Aesthetics of Russian Music and Choral Harmony & Children’s Choir Training
Mr. Tommyanto KANDISAPUTRA
(Indonesia)
Building the Voice: Methods & Techniques for Vocal & Pitch Training
Dr. Brady ALLRED
(USA)
Sounds of America: Spiritual, Broadway and Folklore
Mr. Mark Anthony CARPIO
(The Philipines)
Golden Keys: Secrets behind Successful Competition Preparations
Prof. Bao-lin YAN
(China)
Amazing Show Choirs: Designing and Rehearsing Stage Movements and Effects
Zimfira POLOZ
(Canada)
Methodology & Experience in Children’s Choral Training
Dr. Andrew WITHINGTON
(New Zealand)
An Introduction to New Zealand’s Indigenous and Contemporary Music & Mixed Choir Training


(Photos took in past WYCCF)

RESIDENT ARTISTS

The festival has invited three definitive and world-leading choirs, the Ponomaryov “Vesna” Children’s Choir (“Vesna”, winner of the Grand Prize of the Béla Bartók 27th International Choir Competition), the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir (NZSSC, winner of the ‘Choir of the World’ title at the predecessor of WYCCF) and famous Moran Singers Ensemble to attend as the festival’s ‘Resident Choirs’, also invited the renowned opera singer Mr Meili Li as “Resident Artist’, together to give a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.

1.Ponomaryov Vesna Children’s Choir

“Vesna” is a choir distinguished by the originality of its creative approach, a refined taste, impeccable singing technique, inimitable on-stage expression and in-depth interpretation. It is known for being an artistic benchmark for the modern choir art as performed by children – a community that for five decades has been giving its listeners a gift of happiness and joy through its spring-like (“Vesna”) art.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHSa52AgewY

Since 2012 the choir has been conducted by Nadezhda Averina, Mr. Ponomaryov’s former student, Honoured Artist of the city of Moscow and the laureate of international competitions.

 


2.The New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir

“NZSSC” comprises of 60 New Zealand’s finest young choral voices. It promises to inspire their members by performing a wide variety of music including many works from New Zealand composers and strongly believes in empowering youth through the celebration of choral music.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq38RCsHVTc

The Artistic Director Dr Andrew Withington, who recently completed his doctorate studies in Choral Pedagogy. Andrew has been in this role since 2008 and is developing an international reputation as choral educator and on competition juries.

 


3. 
Moran Singers Ensemble

Established in 1998, The Moran Singers Ensemble was developed as a professional singing group, under the expert musical direction of conductor Naomi Faran, dedicated to the encouragement of musical excellence and solo singing among young Israeli singers. The House Conductor of the Ensemble is – Guy Pelc.

The Moran Singers Ensemble has performed at international festivals around the world such as: the Bach Festival in Eugene Oregon USA and Toronto – Canada, they won the Grand Prix Prize in competition in Japan, the Liturgical Festival in Germany, they performed as the representative choir at Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany. The Vox Pacis (The Voice of Peace) Festival in Stockholm-Sweden, the Moran Singers Ensemble represented Israel at the Musica Sacra International Festival 2012 together with the artist Yair Dalal in Marktauberdorf Germany and in the International Choral Festival in Argentina. In 2015 the Ensemble participated in the Zemplen Festival in Hungary and sang under the direction of Maestro Gabor Hallerung.

Guy Pelc is being supported by the America Israel foundation (2008-2013), IVAI, Ronen foundation and the Buchman Heyman Foundation.

 

4. Meili Li

Europe-based opera singer Mr. Meili Li is the only Chinese countertenor to have an international career. After finishing a BA in Peking University, he studied singing in Royal Academy of Music with Michael Chance and received an MA with Distinction and DipRAM title, being one of the few students to receive full marks in the history of Academy. He then finished Guildhall opera course with Distinction in 2015. He won Farinelli Prize in 2016 London Handel Singing Competition.

Meili has performed more than 20 roles in major houses such as Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera. He has given concerts in many countries around the world with prestigious musicians. He has appeared in BBC radio 3, Hunan TV, Jiangsu TV. His interviews are published in many different newspaper and magazine in China and Europe. When he was young, Mr. Li studied choral arts at the Guangzhou Youth Palace Treble Choir. He won the championship of cantor group in the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival.

 

COMPETITION

The 8-category competition ranging from children’s choir to elderly choir and a special “Belt & Road” Folklore Show Choir category will be adjudicated by the Jury of more than 20 choral music experts from 16 countries and regions. In addition to the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Award of each category, there are 15 Grand Prizes and Cash Awards. 

Category Regulations

  • Category A – Children’s Choir
      A1 (SA voices) A2 (SA voices)
    Time Limit 8 minutes 10 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 12 or under 16 or under
    Gender No limitations
  • Category B – Youth Choir
      B1 (SA voices) B2 (TB voices) B3 (SATB mixed voices)
    Time Limit 10 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 29 or under
    Gender No limitations
  • Category C – C1 Adult Choir and C2 Elderly Choir
      C1 (Adult Choir) C2 (Elderly Choir)
    Time Limit 8 minutes
    2 competition pieces One piece from a “Belt & Road” related country or cultural region; one piece of free choice.
    Age 60 or under

     aged 50 or above while at least half of the group shall be aged 60 or above.

    Gender No limitations
  • Category F – “Belt & Road” Folklore Show Choir
      F (“Belt & Road” Folklore Show Choir)
    Time Limit 8 minutes
    Competition pieces No limitations on the number of competition pieces, style, type of performance, drama, staging, choreography or way of performing the choral pieces, however, the piece(s) should be folk song(s) from any “Belt & Road” related countries or cultural regions.
    Age, Gender & Voices No Limitations

*“Belt & Road” Countries List can be found here.

Number of Team Members

  • For Categories A, B and C 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 those categories.
  • For Category F, the lower limit for the number of performers is 8, including the conductor, accompanists and dancers who will perform on the stage, there is no upper limit for this category.

A detailed description of the Competition Rules & Regulations can also be found here.


(Photos took in 2017 WYCCF)


The International Jury

Honorable Prizes

World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association – ‘Belt & Road’ World Choir Trophy

HKD 40,000

Jury’s Prize

HKD 20,000

Best Performance of a Commissioned Piece based on the Festival Theme

HKD 20,000

Best Interpretation

HKD 10,000

Best Folk Song Performance

HKD 10,000

Best Performance of a Contemporary Arrangement of a Folk Song

HKD 10,000

Outstanding Conductor Award

HKD 5,000

Category Champions (A, B, C and F)

HKD 3,000

Best Choir Soloist

/

Best A Capella Performance

/

Best Instrumental Accompanist

/

Best Piano Accompanist

/

Best Stage Effects

/

Best Traditional Costume

/

Best Costume

/

Musica Connection Audience Award I

/

Musica Connection Audience Award II

/

 

Remarks:

Best Performance of a Commissioned Piece based on the Festival Theme:
It is encouraged that the participants could perform an original piece based on our theme, “Sing for the new era in concert with the Belt and Road”. The piece should be originally composed in any styles, any vocal types or arranged by any musical instruments.

Our preliminary assessment process will be completed within 1 week after your application submission.

For the successful applicant, please pay registration fee within 30 days after submitting the form.  

Please provide payment receipts for our reference.

Due to the peak holiday season in Hong Kong, any late payment might affect the accommodation reservation and competition arrangement accordingly, and hence the Registrant Fee may fluctuate.

Thank you very much for your generous understanding and cooperation.


After the selection process, please submit the following items to the World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association (WYCCAA) via email on or before 1 May 2018:

  • Participants are required to mail 7 copies of each performing piece by 1 May 2018 to Organizing Committee (no unauthorized or pirate copies will be accepted). One copy of each score will be kept by the Organizing Committee, other copies will be returned after each competition session.
  • Programme order should be marked clearly.
  • A brief summary in English (and) Chinese of the content of any song (< 50 words) whose lyrics are not in English or Chinese.
  • Biography of the Choir (< 150 words).
  • Biography of the Conductor (< 150 words).
  • One photo of the Choir at the print quality (jpeg at 300 dpi).
  • One photo of the Conductor at the print quality (jpeg at 300 dpi).
  • Choir Member List
  • Rooming List (if needed)
  • Arriving & Departure Information Form
  • Competition Program
  • “Friendly Concert Application Form” (if needed) (Friendly Concert is only for applicants who have submitted all materials)

REGISTRATION

Overseas Choirs Application Form (please click)

香港申請者 – 請按此  Registration for Hong Kong – please click here

中国内地申请者 – 請按此 Registration for Mainland – please click here

Registration Time: From now – 1 May 2018

For Choirs from Overseas:

Package Content (non-HK choirs)

Package O1

Package O2

Package O3

Package O4

Accommodation, 4 nights

Hotel, 3 beds for 3pax

University dorm, 2 beds for 2 pax (only for aged 12 or above)

×

×

Local Catering & Transportation

×

×

Competition

1-2 Starry Concert(s)

x

Choir Masterclass & Concert

x

Friendly Conert

x

Cultural Excursions

x

Certificates & Brochures

2 brochures

Souvenirs & Competition Videos

USD 30 / head

Other Choir Resources

Available for purchase

Deadline of Application: 1 May 2018

Package

Registration Fee

Package O1

USD 730 / head

Package O2

USD 570 / head

Package O3

USD 310 / head

Package O4 (participant in competition only)

USD 1500 / team (total registration fee)

Enrol in one more choral competition category, additional charge (No choir can enrol in more than two competition categories) USD 1200

 

Additional package (19-20 July)

Package P1 

Accommodation, 1 night

4 or 5 stars Hotel, 3 beds for 3 pax

Theme Park Package

USD 95/ head, Disneyland or Ocean Park (Choose one)

Itinerary

(To be announced, max. 2 attractions per day)

Local Catering & Transportation

Fee (exclude theme park)

USD 199/head

*The upper limit for the number of accompanying staff or family members (non-performers) is the either 5 or 10% of the total number of the team, whichever is greater.

*The Theme Park Package (including either the Disneyland or the Ocean Park
ticket, lunch and shuttle bus) charges 120USD/head without the registration of the additional package (Package P1).

 

For Choirs from Hong Kong:

申請時間
Application Period
From now – 1st May 2018
即日起 – 2018年5月1日
套餐L1報名費用
Package L1 Registration Fee
每人200港幣或團隊總額8000港幣
HKD 200 per head or HKD 8,000 per choir, whichever is lesser

套餐L1包含 Package L1 Content:

  1. 僅提供參加一個比賽組別(A1, A2, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2 或F組) Each team can only apply for one category
  2. 觀看所有比賽 Access to any of the competitions
  3. 每位成員一份證書 One certificate for each participant
  4. 每位成員一本合唱節刊物 One Souvenir Brochure for each participant
  5. 每個合唱團一張比賽光碟 One Competition DVD for each choir
  6. 每團 2 個名額參加合唱指揮大師班講座 Access to the Choral Conductors’ Masterclasses for 2 representatives

其他選擇性購買項目 Other items:

  1. 2018年合唱節紀念T恤(150港幣/件)2018 Festival T-shirt (HKD 150 each)
  2. 2018年比賽DVD(100港幣/張)2018 Competition Videos (HKD 100 each)

 

We have a limited availability for local choirs, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible with your recent videos for Competition committee to review your application. 

 

Tentative Schedule   
15/7  Sound Check (Exact Timings TBC)  
16/7 – 17/7   Competitions (Exact Timings for Each Category TBC) 
18/7    Morning   Prize Giving Ceremony 
Meet the Jury 
Afternoon & Evening   Sound Check for Final 
Closing Ceremony & Finalist Night

INDIVIDUAL DELEGATE

Individual Delegate Registration

Registration Time : From now – 31 May 2018

海外申請者 (包括台灣及澳門) – 請按此   Registration for Overseas(including Taiwan and Macau) – please click here

香港申請者 – 請按此  Registration for Hong Kong – please click here

中国内地申请者 – 請按此 Registration for Mainland – please click here

 

 

Package

Package OD1 
Overseas individual delegate (including accommodation and local transportation)

Package OD2 Overseas individual delegate (excluding accommodation and local transportation)

Package LD1 
Hong Kong individual delegate

Meals, accommodation, transportation

Hotel (5 Days / 4 Night; Arrival : 15 July 2018 Afternoon time, Departure: 19 July 2018, check out by 12pm). (Participants should arrange their own transport to and from HK).

Remark:

All rooms are basically twin rooms (as per the actual availability, few triple/ quad rooms might be arranged). An extra USD 350 for hotel single room will be charged.

X

X

One Octopus Card for local public transport(including HKD 200, if extra money is needed, the participant has to top up the card by him/herself. The card would be collected after the festival. )

X

X

Meals

X

X

X

The activities for participant

Participating in Special Workshop/ Masterclasses (Particularly designed for individual delegate and WYCCAA members)   

Free Admission to Interactive Workshops (Designed for Choristers)

Free Admission to Master Classes (Designed for Individual Delegates, Conductors or Music Teachers)

Free Admission to 3 Belt & Road Starry Concerts

Free Admission to Friendly Concerts

Free Admission to all choir competitions

Attending the Welcome Reception

Attending the Welcoming Banquet with International Renowned Choral Experts (Due to the limited seats and overwhelming response, extra F&B fee is required.)

 

√ (Extra F&B fee of USD 45 required)

√ (Extra F&B fee of USD 45 required)

√ (Extra F&B fee of HKD 300 required)

Others

Souvenir and Souvenir Booklet

Certificate of Participation

If an individual delegate would like to buy any extra tickets for the Belt & Road Starry Concerts, he/she can enjoy a 30% discount. (limited availability)

* WYCCAA reserves the right to vary or terminate the offers and programs at any time.

* In case of any disputes arising out of or in connection with the accommodation/ meal/ transportation/ competition arrangements, the decision of WYCCAA should be the final.

 

Fees (overseas)

Individual Delegate

(Package OD1) #

 

Arrival
15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

Departure
19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee +

Accommodation and Transportation Fees

Regular Fees(28 March 2018 – 15 April 2018

 USD 650 per head

Early Bird Fees(now – 28 March 2018)

 USD 580 per head

Individual Delegate

(Package OD2) #

Arrival
15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

Departure
19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee

 USD 280 per head (excluding local meal and transportation)

Exclusive Membership Package Fees(deadline is 31 May 2018.)

Individual Delegate

(Package ODM1)

Arrival at HK:
15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

Departure from HK:
19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee +
Local Meal and Transportation Fees

If you come with 1 other WYCCAA member (one room, two beds) c  USD 600 per head

If you come with 2 other WYCCAA members (one room, three beds) c  USD 540 per head

Individual Delegate

(Package ODM2)

Arrival at HK:
15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

Departure from HK:
19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee

c If you register with 2 or more other WYCCAA members, USD 250 per head

 

Click here for membership application form

 

Fee (Hong Kong)

Local Individual Delegates
(PackageLD1)#

 HKD 1980 per head

 

#  Submission and payment deadline is 31 May 2018. (The telegraphic transfer information will be provided upon submission.) Due to the peak season of summer tourism in Hong Kong, any late payment might affect the accommodation reservation and competition arrangement accordingly. If you pay the fees after 15th of April,2018, WYCCAA reserves the right to increase the fee by 5%-15% of regular fees.

 

Please transfer the total payment amount to the following account: (Remitter must pay in full, including all bank charges.)

Bank Name

 

Bank Address

 

SWIFT:

Account Namee

 

Bank Account

Company Address

中國銀行(香港)有限公司

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited                                              

香港中環花園道1號

No.1, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong

BKCHHKHHXXX

世界青少年合唱艺术家协会有限公司

World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association Limited

012-611-1031-7109

香港天后銅鑼灣道180號百樂商業中心9樓3室

Unit 03, 9/F, Park Commercial Centre,

180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong

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)

Tel: (852) 2381 9262
Fax: (852) 2380 7302
Email: info@wyccaa.com

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