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


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.

Click here to download Festival Pamphlet(PDF)


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.


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

  • Belt & Road Starry Concerts Series  
  • Belt & Road Choir Competition
  • 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

Festival Schedule

Date Venue Morning Afternoon Night
Super Star Seafood Restaurant (Tsuen Wan Plaza)  /   /  19:00-21:00
Welcome Reception
& Welcoming Banquet(extra fee required)
Tsuen Wan Town Hall


Belt & Road Choral Competition
(Category A2 + F)
Hong Kong Cultural Centre  /  /  20:00-22:00
Opening Ceremony & Concert
L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre 9:30-11:00 & 11:15-12:45
14:15-15:45 & 16:00-17:30
Tsuen Wan Town Hall 9:45-12:45
Belt & Road Choral Competition
(Category A1)
Musica Connection Friendly Concert
Hong Kong Cultural Centre 10:15-12:30
Belt & Road Choral Competition
(Category B+C)
 /  20:00-22:00
Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir Concert
Sha Tin Town Hall  /  / 20:00-22:00
New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir & Moran Singers Ensemble Concert
L’hotel Nina et Convention Centre 9:30-11:00 & 11:15-12:45
14:15-15:45 & 16:00-17:30



Hong Kong Cultural Centre 10:15-12:00
Prize-giving + Meet the Jury
Musica Connection Friendly Concert
Closing Ceremony & Finalists’ Night  
9:30-11:00 & 11:15-12:45 CR2:
– Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir
– New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir
Sha Tin Town Hall  /  / 19:30-22:00
Musica Connection Closing Friendly Concert


(Photos took in past WYCCF)


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 the famous Moran Singers Ensemble to attend as the festival’s ‘Resident Choirs’, also invited the renowned countertenor Mr Meili Li as “Resident Artist’, together to give a series of spectacular performances, masterclasses & workshops throughout.


1.Ponomaryov Vesna Children’s Choir

Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir (“Vesna” means “Spring”)  is the Senior choir of Ponomaryov VESNA Children’s Choir School  (Moscow, Russia). In 2015 it celebrated its fiftieth  anniversary. Aleksander S. Ponomaryov (1938 – 2012), Distinguished Artist of Russia and the laureate of international competitions, was the principal of the school and the artistic director of VESNA Choir for almost 50 years. 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.

VESNA children’s choir is well-known in Russia and abroad. The choir has been awarded the most prestigious prizes at international competitions in Spain, Italy, France, Canada, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary and Belgium. In 2000 the choir won the Great European Choral Award among all the choirs of all types including the adult ones  –  “Europe-2000 Grand Prix”. The latest VESNA achievement is the Grand Prix at the 27th International choir competition in Debrecen (Hungary)  in 2016 and the Grand Prix at the 12th International choir festival “Silver bells” in Daugavpils (Latvia) in 2017 . VESNA has performed with its concert programs in 12 countries of Europe, Canada, Japan and China, as well as in                                                                                               about 50 cities and towns of  Russia. The Choir has sung in the                                                                                                    best concert halls in Moscow with many famous orchestras and                                                                                                 conductors (V. Fedoseyev, M. Pletnyov, V. Minin, V. Ovchinnikov,                                                                                                      A. Buzlov and others).

The Choir’s repertoire is wide and varied. During these years it has sung hundreds of pieces of classical music of different times, countries, styles and genres. The choir’s programs have been recorded by record companies and by both radio and television.

“Vesna” is a choir that is distinguished by the originality of creative approach, a refined taste, impeccable singing technique, inimitable on-stage expression and in-depth interpretation. It is a singing ensemble that stands out to the point of being considered an artistic benchmark for the modern choir art as performed by children. This is a community that for five decades has been giving its listeners a gift of happiness and joy through its spring                                                                                                 -like art.

2. New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir

The New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir is New Zealand’s prestigious national choir for students aged approximately 14-18 years. Based in the capital city of Wellington, the choir was set up in 1986, with 2016 marking our 30th anniversary and a celebration of the 1000 young singers who have been members through these years. Many of these singers have gone on to achieve international careers in singing, composition and conducting.

Following nationwide auditions run over two weeks, up to 60 singers are invited to join the NZSSC for a two-year cycle. Members gather three to four times per year during school holidays for a week of choral tuition, vocal lessons and concerts throughout New Zealand. As an educational organization, our repertoire is greatly varied, extending our singers’ understanding of music from the classical era through to the 20th/21st century, and including many languages and New Zealand’s indigenous Maori and Pacific                                                                                                        Island languages. Music from New Zealand and the Pacific                                                                                                          forms a strong component of our repertoire, including                                                                                                                     commissions from local choral composers.

At the end of each two-year cycle we tour to represent New Zealand at an international festival or competition. Recent Guest Choir appearances include at the International Choral Kathaumixw in British Columbia, Canada (2016) and the Orientale Concentus VII in Singapore (2014). Competitions in the past ten years include twice at the International Choral Kathaumixw (2004 and 2010), gaining placings in every category entered and the People’s Choice Award in 2010; The Hong Kong international Youth and Children’s Festival (2006) winning the Champion Mixed Voice Youth Choir title; and the World Choir Olympics in China (2006), earning one of only 8 Championship Awards among 148 choirs.

Moran Singers Ensemble

Established in 1998, the Moran Singers Ensemble was developed as a professional singing group. The Ensemble consists of Moran Choir graduates, outstanding musician, IDF soldiers, as well as students and graduates from various music academies.

The Ensemble’s repertoire includes choral classical music as well as Israeli choral music composed by leading composers such as Gil Shohat, Menachem Weisenberg, Haim Permont, Yehezkel Braun, Noam Sivan and Eyal Batt, Zipi Fleisher and Joseph Bardanashvili.

In recent years, the Ensemble performed with highly recognized music groups such as the Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra, the Rishon Lezion Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Camerata Orchestra and the Israeli Opera.

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. They 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 Hollerung. In 2017, the Moran Singers                                                                                                               Ensemble performed in the Macao International Music                                                                                                                  Festival, in a coproduction of the Opera “Orfeo ed Euridice”.


4. Meili Li

” hugely attractive voice” “unwavering, clean countertenor” (Brian Dickie; Opera).

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.



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
  • 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.


    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




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.


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




1-2 Starry Concert(s)


Choir Masterclass & Concert


Friendly Conert


Cultural Excursions


Certificates & Brochures

2 brochures

Souvenirs & Competition Videos

USD 30 / head

Other Choir Resources

Available for purchase



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)

Additional charge for enrolling in one more choral competition category
(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)


(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:

Application Period
From now – 31 May 2018
即日起 – 2018年5月31日
Package L1 Registration Fee
HKD 200 per head or HKD 8,000 per choir, whichever is lesser(excluding conductor, pianist and accompanying staff)

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. 


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)


Individual Delegate Registration

Registration Time : From now – 5 June 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 OD1 
– including accommodation and local transportation

Package OD2 (Overseas) 
– excluding accommodation and local transportation

Package LD1 
(Hong Kong) 

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).

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.



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)








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

Free Admission to Interactive Workshops (Designed for Choristers)

Free Admission to Masterclasses (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)


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)

Package OD1 #


15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee +
Accommodation and Transportation Fees

 USD 650 per head

Package OD2 #

15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee

 USD 280 per head
(excluding local meal and transportation)


Exclusive Membership Package Fees

Package ODM1

15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee + Local Meal and Transportation Fees

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

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

Package ODM2

15 July 2018 (Afternoon time)

19 July 2018 (around noon time)

Individual Delegate Fee

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

Click here for membership application form


Fee (Hong Kong)

Local Individual Delegates

 HKD 1980 per head


#  Submission and payment deadline is 5 June 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.


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

Bank Name


Bank Address



Account Name


Bank Account

Company Address


Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited                                              


No.1, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong



World Youth and Children Choral Artists’ Association Limited



Unit 03, 9/F, Park Commercial Centre,

180 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tin Hau, Hong Kong


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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