Festival of songs Olomouc 2012

WEDNESDAY - 6.6.2012

7:04

COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olsztyn choir from Poland just arrived in Olomouc.

10:00

Our administrative team is ready to work. In Olomouc is sunny weather which we hope will last for the whole festival.

14:00

CHILDREN'S CHOIR M. I. GLINKA St. Petersburg from Russia arrived in Olomouc with a little delay.

14:35 - Interview with COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olsztyn (PL)

How long lasted your journey?

- We went through whole Poland to we traveled about 30 hours to Olomouc.

Do you like travelling with your choir?

- We love to travel with the choir, in a bus is always fun and we enjoy time together.

What are your plans for today?

- We had a lunch here in restaurant before a while. The food is awesome we had some vegetable soap which we haven't ate yet. And now we have free time. We want to see Olomouc's fountains and we want to buy czech "Krteček" here.

15:03 - Interwiev with NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

How was your journey?

- From Singapore we had to fly by plane to Prague and then we went by bus to Olomouc. Our journey was really tiring. We traveled the whole day.

Have you been here in Olomouc ever before?

- Children from our school have been already here but we are in this town for the first time.

Do you like it here?

- Yes, it is very beautiful place. We like historical monuments and the main square. Olomouc is so different from our cities.


15:13

HAIG GIRL´S SCHOOL Singapore (SGP) and KOŤATA Cheb (CZ) just arrived in festival´s town Olomouc.

16:11

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskylä (FIN) and FIORI Jyväskylä (FIN) arrived in Olomouc.

16:18

Choir TAMPINES JUNIOR COLLEGE Singapore (SGP) arrived.

17:45 - Interview with conductor of KOŤATA CHOIR Cheb (CZ)

How was your travelling to olomouc?

- Our journey was fine because children were in good mood. We left Cheb at 8am and we arrived in Olomouc at 3pm.

How did you prepared for Festival of songs?

- Children sing once a week and our preparation for this festival lasted around half a year. Victory isn´t so important for us, we came here to get experiences and it is also something like pleasant trip.

18:06 Interview with FRINGILLA CHOIR from Praha (CZ)

Is it your first competition or festival?

- No we have been already at some. Our last competition was in Prague where we won a gold medal. But this festival is at higher level so it isn´t comparable.

What was your program today?

- We traveled most of the day. During the journey we visited Bouzov castle near Olomouc, we really like this stop off. We can also try our repertory there.

THURSDAY - 7.6.2012

8:38

PÍSNIČKA CHOIR Heřmanův Městec (CZ) arrived in Olomouc and hurry to their first copetition. Here you can see their last preparation.

9:00

Good morning, here in Olomouc is nice sunny day and first competition just started!

9:08

Children´s choir KLÍČEK from Prague (CZ) is preparing for competitions.

9:15

OLOMOUCKÝ MEDVĚD competition is beginning. Members of a jury are Josef Brabenec (CZ), Martin Dubovic (CZ), Jiří Klimeš (CZ), Vladimír Svozil (CZ) and Jaromír Synek (CZ).

9:30

OLOMOUCKÝ ZVONEČEK competition is starting with the same jury. Choirs is competing in category Children's choirs up to 12 years of age.

10:00

The morning competitions continue with OLOMOUCKÝ VAVŘÍN competition.

10:20

Rozmarýnek choir from Havířov (CZ) is preparing for OLOMOUCKÝ VAVŘÍN competition. This choir will compete in category children's choirs up to 16 years of age with conductor Janina Ptaková.

10:40 Interview with childrens from CANTABILE choir (CZ)

Are you nervous before competition?

- No, I am just afraid, that my skirt fall down.

Do you like songs which you sing?

- Of course, every year we sing interesting songs.

11:10 - Interview with KAMPANELA choir (CZ)

How do you feel before competition?

- Certainly, we are little bit nervous. Many of our singers are ill, but we believe it will be fine.

How look your repertoire?

- Our choir sings especially etno music from all over the world. Here we are going to sing cuban, hebrew, brazilian and moravian folk music. We use musical instruments too and we try to preserve an original technique.

11:45

In category Youth Choirs (SA) up to 19 years of age is starting OLOMOUCKÝ VĚNEČEK competition.

12:05

OLOMOUCKÝ POHÁR the last competition of Competition of children's and youth choir just started.

12:20 - Interview with STUDÁNKA - POLICE NAD METUJÍ CHOIR (CZ)

How often do you visit competitions?

- Every year. We visit competitions regularly about 25 years.

You will sing in two categories, are any differences in your preparation?

- The children who compete in Olomoucký vavřín competition sing more complicated songs but everybody know them.

12:34

Choirs from Singapore and Poland are training together and enjoy time with each other!

12:45 - Interview with STUDÁNKA BYSTŘICE NAD PERNŠTEJNEM CHOIR

How-manyeth competition is it for you?

- We have existed for 15 years and we continuously compete. We are here at Festival of Songs in Olomouc for the forth time.

What is the meaning of your costumes?

- Our costumes symbolize water and everything related to it. (studánka means spring)

13:00

Here in Olomouc is nice afternoon and choirs are having lunch.

14:05 - Interview with girls from JUNIOR CS FROM CHORAL CHORAL SCHOOL CS in restaurant

Do you like meal in this restaurant?

- Yes! It is such tasty food!

Do you look forward to competition?

- Of course, we going to sing tomorrow and we cannot wait.

14:50

Choirs are standing in the main sguare and they are waiting for the announcement of the competition results.

15:00

Festival opening ceremony is starting.

15:15

Now we are looking at the announcement of the results of morning competition.

15:30 - Interview with conductor of STUDÁNKA POLICE NAD METUJÍ CHOIR after the announcement

How are you satisfied with the results?

- It cannot be better! We look forward to our next visit.


15:40 - Interview with singers from COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olsztyn (PL)

When are you going to sing?

- We are singing on Saturday. We are very ambitious because we think we have great songs. We hope we will get good results.

What do you think about Olomouc?

- We are here for the first time. Olomouc is absolutely beautiful. We are amazed!

And what about the festival?

- We saw the announcement of the competition results and it was awesome. We like the atmosphere, especially the moderator - he was very funny.

Reception of festival participants & representatives of Olomouc city and Olomouc region

Results of the COMPETITION OF CZECH CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH CHOIRS

19:00

Today last event is the FESTIVAL CONCERT. It is beginning just now!

Photos from festival concert

FRIDAY - 8.6.2012

9:02

Good morning! Another day of amazing international Festival of Songs is here. In Olomouc is cloudy weather and every choir is preparing for today competitions now.

9:15

Children choirs BROUČCI and DSZ VODOPÁD PŘI ZUŠ JÁNA CIKKERA is preparing to today international competition.

10:00

International Choir competition - MUNDI CANTAT & MUNDI CANTAT SUPERIOR just started. Members of jury are - Toh Ban Sheng (SGP)-chairman, Josef Brabenec (CZ), Lubomíra Hellová (CZ), Jaromír Synek (CZ), Szabó Szabolcs (H). As the first choir in category B1 - Pre-school Children´s Choirs compete BROUČCI Olomouc (CZ).

10:15

Competition continue with category B2 - Children´s Choirs up to 12 years of age with the same jury.

Choirs which are competing:

JUNIOR CS FROM CHORAL SCHOOL CS Maribor (SLO)

DETSKIJ CHOR CHUDOŽESTVENNOJ ŠKOLY M. I. GLINKY San-Peterburg (RUS)

HAIG GIRL´S SCHOOL Singapore (SGP)

11:00

International choir competition is under way and next category is B3 - Children´s Choirs up to 16 years of age.

Competing Choirs are:

TANJONG KATONG GIRLS´ SCHOOL Singapore (SGP)

DSZ VODOPÁD PŘI ZUŠ JÁNA CIKKERA Banská Bystrica (SK)

HERENDI ÁLTALÁNOS ISKOLA PACSIRTA GYERMEKKARA Herend (H)

12:00 - Interview with composer Sylvie Bodorová - guest of honour of the Festival of Songs

How was morning competition?

- It was interesting for me because I have never experienced competition like this. I have finished cycle for baritone Thomas Hampson and it is in different languages. It surprised me that I heard vocal music in different languages here too. And that is very interesting.

To which category do you look forward ?

- Everything is one big surprise for me. I can tell you which category I liked more after the end of the festival. But all of them are interesting. We can see the evolution from the child age to the adult.

What does it mean to be guest of honour of the festival?

- I feel very happy because in recent times I have been turning to vocal forming. It gives me a chance to expand another opportunities.

Which of your work do you consider as the most important?

- These days I have been turning vocal forming. About 3am I came back from festival in Jihlava where I introduced my own oratorio Moses. In which also performes child choir. After that I have one more oratorio which I consider as the top of my formation. It is called Terezín Ghetto Requiem. There is also included vocal part. I think that in vocal performances are such emotion and any musical instrument does not achieve the beauty of voice. I like it because I always want to express something with my music.

What is your inspiration?

- I have been profesinally turning composition for 30 years so my inspirations are different. But the biggest one is public support and when people like it.

Do you have some own experiences with singing in choir?

- I was singing in a choir in Plzeň when I was a child. When we moved to Slovakia there were not such choirs so I turned to playing the piano. I have started composing when I was 7. I knew that I want to compose in the future but it is strange to know what you want to do in the future when you are 7. (laught)

13:35

The announcement of the results have just started later than it should.

Results of today competition

13:50 - Interview with chairman of morning competition TOH BAN SHENG (SGP)

How do you feel like a chairman? Does it mean a big responsibility for you?

- It is an incredible honor for me to be at this festival especially in the jury as a chairman. Jury is mainly european and with me it is more balanced. Asian style of music is really different from yours european, so I can judge choirs from different view.

What are your criteria due to which you judge choirs? Have you got any extra aspects?

- I try to asses children with an universal perspective so it include everything like vocalism, intonation or general look. Every choir is somehow special and unique.

14:00

CONCERT MARATHON is begining. All the choirs are going to sing ten minutes at the main square.

These choirs perform:

HAIG GIRLS´ SCHOOL Singapore (SGP)

DETSKIJ CHOR CHUDŽESTVENNOJ ŠKOLY M.I. GLINKY Sankt-Peterburg (RUS)

JUNIOR CS FROM CHORAL SCHOOL SC Maribor (SLO)

DSZ VODOPÁD PRI ZUŠ JÁNA CIKKERA Banská Bystrica (SK)

TAMPINES JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

FIORI VOCAL ENSEMBLE Jyväskylä (FIN)

MIXED CHOIR GINTARAS Kaunas (LT)

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

SYMPAATTI CHOIR Tampere (FIN)

COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olsztyn (PL)

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskylä (FIN)

CANTEMUS YOUTH MIXED CHOIR Nyíregyháza (H)

HERENDI ÁLTALÁNOS ISKOLA PACSIRTA GYERMEKKARA Herend (H)

Photos from Concert Marathon

14:08 - Interview with Mr Atsushi Takahashi (JP) - festival guest of honour

How was your journey to Olomouc?

- I come from Rome (I) so today morning I flew from Rome to Prague and then here to Olomouc.

Do you like Festival of Songs in our city - Olomouc?

- Yes of course, if Idon´t like it I never come to this festival (with laughing). At first time i came here at "Svátky písní Olomouc" in 1986, but I am not a musician I am a pediatrician but I like choirs very much. So if here is some festival i come to "Svátky písní" to Olomouc every year.

What do you like the most at Festival of Songs?

- This festival atmosphere is very warm and nice. I love the moravian character very much. Every year I visit many competitions and festivals which takes part all over the world but I love this festival the most.

16:30

The Concert Marathon just ended.

17:00

Now we are preparing for today´s evening programme for children's choirs. (karaoke, dancing, animations)

18:30

Evening entertainment for children choirs is starting right now!

Photos from entertaining evening for childern's choirs

19:00

Today evening festival concert just started.

Photos from festival concert

SATURDAY - 9.6.2012

8:30

Good morning! We looking forward to competitions even in Olomouc is rainy weather. :)

9:00

International choir competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR is beginning. In the jury are Toh Ban Sheng - the Chairman (SGP), Martin Dubovic (CZ), Tomáš Fiala (CZ), Štefan Sedlický (SK), Jan Vičar (CZ).

Photos from category D2

9:03

Competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR just started and in first category - D2 YOUTH CHOIRS UP TO 19 YEARS OF AGE compete these choirs:

COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olszyn (PL)

YOUTH CHOIR VOCE SEGRETO Źory (PL)

SMÍŠENÝ PĚVECKÝ SBOR KONZERVATOŘE P.J. VEJVANOVSKÉHO Kroměříž (CZ)

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

10:00

Competition MUNDI CANTANT which takes place in Bohemia Palace is begining. Members of jury are: Miroslav Buček (CZ) - chairman, Josef Brabenec (CZ), Karel Martínek (CZ), Jaromír Synek (CZ), Szabó Szabolcs (H)

First category is G - CHAMBERS CHOIRS (men, women, mixed) and competing choirs are:

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskylä (FIN)

FIORI VOCAL ENSEMBLE Jyväskylä (FIN)

10:40

International choir competition - MUNDI CANTANT continue with category I2 - Spiritual, gospel, pop - youth and adult choirs and with choirs:

SYMPAATTI CHOIR Tampere (FIN)

COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Oltszyn (PL)

LITOMĚŘICKÝ HLÁSEK Litoměřice (CZ)

SYRINX Litoměřice (CZ)

10:42

Competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR continue with category E3 - Mixed choirs.

Choirs which are competing:

PĚVECKÝ SBOR ONDRÁŠ Nový Jičín (CZ)

MIXED CHOIR GINTARAS Kaunas (LT)

11:20

Another category in competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR is A5 - Superior for mixed adult choirs with choirs :

BIELSKO CHAMBER CHOIR Bielsko-Biala (PL)

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskylä (FIN)

12:02

Fourth category of competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR is A3 - Superior  for youth choirs up to 25 years of age with choirs:

CANTEMUS YOUTH MIXED CHOIR Nyíregyháza (H)

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

11:30 - Interview with singers from SYRINX LITOMĚŘICE CHOIR (CZ)

How do you feel before the competition?

- At the moment we feel wet. (with laughting)

And what about festival atmosphere?

- It is better when we have more people in auditorium than performers but it is deffirent at festivals.

What about your relation to music?

- We love music! It is motor of our life.

12:10 - Interview with conductor of SYRINX LITOMĚŘICE CHOIR

How was singing?

- Personally I think it was amazing. But some singers said that in hall was bad air.

What it is like to be singer and conductor at the same time?

- I don´t really try to be a conductor . I always make effort to everything work properly.

What are you plans after the festival?

- So now we have free time. Girls choir is going to visit America.

12:40

In competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR next category is A2 - Superior for youth choirs up to 19 years of age. Competing choirs are:

SYMPAATTI CHOIR Tampere (FIN)

13:00

Competition MUNDI CANTANT which takes place in St. Moritz Church just started and the first category is H2 - Sacred and clerical music for youth and adult choirs.

In this category compete these choirs:

COLLEGIUM JUVENUM Olsztyn (PL)

PRIMAVERA Brno (CZ)

GRODKOVIA Grodków (PL)

SYRINX Litoměřice (CZ)

13:00

Choirs compete in other category D1 - Youth choirs up to 19 years of age in competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR these are:

DPS PETRKLÍČ Praha (CZ)

LITOMĚŘICKÝ HLÁSEK Litoměřice (CZ)

DATIO Odry (CZ)

14:00

The last category of competition MUNDI CANTANT & MUNDI CANTANT SUPERIOR is called K2 - Folklore a capella for youth and adult choirs. Competing choirs are :

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskyla (FIN)

SYMPAATTI CHOIR Tampere (FIN)

14:20

Another cathegory of competition MUNDI CANTANT is H3 - Sacred and clerical music-Polyphony with choir CANTEMUS YOUTH MIXED CHOIR Nyíregyháza (H)

15:00

The announcement of the competition results is starting in the main square.

18:00 Competition of absolute winner

The competition of absolute winner of Festival of Songs just started.

Competing choirs of price of absolute winner are:

THE NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE CHOIR Singapore (SGP)

SYMPAATTI CHOIR Tampere (FIN)

SMÍŠENÝ PĚVECKÝ SBOR KONZERVATOŘE P.J. VEJVANOVSKÉHO Kroměříž (CZ)

TANJONG KATONG GIRLS´ SCHOOL Singapore (SGP)

CANTEMUS YOUTH MIXED CHOIR Nyíregyháza (H)

MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskyla (FIN)

19:46

Competiton of absolute winner is over and we know the results. ABSOLUTE WINNER OF FESTIVAL OF SONGS 2012 IS MUSICA-CHOIR Jyväskylä. We congratulate!

 

Interview with conductor of absolute winner - Pekka Kostiainen

How do you feel like a conductor of the absolute winner? What does it mean for you?

- I feel absolutely happy and satisfied. This price means a lot for me and also for whole choir. It is amazing to know that our effort and preparation wasn´t useless.

You got a vase made of bohemian ground glass do you like it?

- Yes, it is amazing price but very heavy (with laughing).

20:00

Evening entertainment is begining, choirs are enjoy last minutes together with music and celebrate their competitive results.

SUNDAY - 10.6.2012

9:35

Festival of Songs is officialy ending today. The Choirs are leaving to home with their prices.

Interview with the president of the Festival of Songs - Jiří Klimeš

Do you think that the Festival of songs changed during 40 years?

- At first it was a festival of children choirs. Now there are more different competitions in different categories and we still create new ones. Orginally, choirs were devided only according to the age, now they are divided also by genres of music which they perform. Another big change is that before 1989 only approved choirs could come to the festival.

How was the festival founded?

- Festival was founded by my father, conductor Karel Klimeš and me. We wanted different choirs to meet together, found new contacts, get new friends. We also wanted to publish music, new composer competitions were announced. Step by step the festival has been changed to the current form.

What do you think about this jubilee year?

- 50 choirs took part this year, it is amazing. But I believe that many other choirs will come next year. This year there were choirs from Singapore, Lithuania, Finland, Russia and many other countries. Personally, I think that this festival was at a high level.

Do you prepare some innovations for the next year?

- Of course. We made some new categories for example vocal groups and a capella groups.

 

This festival was really successful, choirs had high artistic level. Not only choirs from Singapore, but also choirs from Hungary, Finland and Czech Republic were great. I would like to invite choirs from all over the word to the next year´s festival which will be held in June 5 - 9, 2013.

We wish choirs a safe journey home. We would like to say goodbye and we look forward to the next year´s Festival of Songs.

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