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Grand Prize goes to Hungary
33 choirs from 17 countries in total were singing in the competition and festival of “Sing’n’Joy Vienna 2012”. Eight choirs made it for the Grand Prize Competition held on Saturday evening.
The following choirs presented powerful voices and convincing performances at the competition’s closing: Gyeong Ju YWCA Children’s Choir (Korea), Victoria Junior College Choir (Singapore), Samgau (Kazakhstan), Cantate (Hungary), Phoenix Girls Chorus (USA), Kamerniy Devichiy Khor by Lysenkor (Ukraine), Die Primaner (Germany) und Korallerna (Sweden). The Hungarian choir Cantate, directed by Ferenc Sapszon Jr. came off as the winner of the Franz Schubert Choir Prize. The results of the competitions in detail can be found here.
Also a performance of the Coronation Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a great success on Saturday. In the Großer Saal of the Konzerthaus Wien choirs from Iceland, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea and the United States were singing in a large festival choir consisting of more than 200 voices and fascinated the audience.
Altogether 26 Golden Diplomas, 17 Silver Diplomas and 5 Bronze Diplomas were presented by the judges to the choirs during the Awarding Ceremony. Adjudicators came from Germany, Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary and the United States.
Winning a Golden Diploma is the Qualification for “The Champions Competition” of the World Choir Games and the “Champions Round” of the World Choir Championships. The next World Choir Games will be held in Cincinnati USA in July 2012.