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Great success of University of Gdańsk Academic Choir in Spain
The Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk proved unrivalled at the International Choir Festival and Competition “CANCO MEDITERRANIA” Barcelona – Lloret de Mar. The choir, under the direction of Prof. Marcin Tomczak, won the festival’s GRAND PRIX, four gold diplomas and a special cash prize.
The Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk participated in as many as four of the five categories of the International Choir Festival and Competition: sacral music, Catalan music, Pau Casals music and popular music. As part of the competition’s audition, the choir gave a 35-minute concert, following the rules of the competition and performing the pieces from all categories one after another, which was additionally difficult given the short amount of time between the subsequent, stylistically diverse, categories.
The Academic Choir of the University of Gdańsk was awarded by the festival’s jury with the following distinctions:
- Festival’s GRAND PRIX , ex aequo with the Gema Swara Pesona choir (Indonesia)
- Gold diploma and first place in the category of Pau Casals music
- Gold diploma and first place in the category of Catalan music
- Gold diploma and first place, ex aequo with the 5/6 ensemble (Music Academy in Gdańsk) in the category of popular music (maximum number of points)
- Gold diploma and second place in the category of sacral music
- Special cash prize in the category of Catalan music.
The performance of the choir, conducted by Prof. Marcin Tomczak, was given enthusiastic applause by the audience gathered at the audition who especially appreciated the rendition of ‘Cant de la Senyera’, of special importance to Catalonians, as well as a compilation of Abba songs, which the choir performed at the end of the competition’s audition.
About the competition and the festival
The International Choir Festival and Competition “CANCO MEDITERRANIA” is held annually in Barcelona and Lloret de Mar. So far a total of 134 choirs have participated in all the editions of the festival from such countries as Poland, Iceland, France, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Faroe Islands, Philippines, Ukraine, Indonesia or Spain.
The competition is organised for amateur choirs in the following categories:
It is also divided into the following age groups:
- children’s choirs,
- school choirs,
- youth choirs,
- adult choirs,
- senior choirs.
Additionally, the competition is divided into five music categories:
- sacral music,
- popular music (including jazz and gospel),
- Catalan music,
- Pau Casals music.
Each choir may enter any number of music categories. The festival culminates in choral concerts organised at the Cathedral in Barcelona and in other churches across the capital of Catalonia.
More information about the event: http://www.serrabrava.eu/pl/
Compiled by: UG Press Office