Wernigerode: A popular destination to come back to
Tracking musical “serial offenders” at the 10. International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition in Wernigerode
From July 05-09, 2017 Wernigerode becomes the center of international choral music and meeting place of choral music lovers from near and far for the 10th time already. Also present: Choirs from Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the USA. The colorful city in the Harz region has developed into an insider’s tip within the choral community and therefore also attracts on the occasion of the event’s jubilee musical „serial offenders“ as the Sol Art Choir from Vietnam or the Mountain Top Chorale from Nigeria onto the stages in Wernigerode.
The Mountain Top Chorale from Nigeria was founded in 2013 as a small chamber choir with 10 enthusiastic singers and developed into a choir with currently 42 members. "We share a deep love for sacred music of the great composers as well as for music by Nigerian and African composers. As natives we like to present Nigerian spirituals which connect us with our roots and the African heritage", the conductor explained. The choir already participated in Wernigerode in 2015 and achieved a Golden Diploma. In 2017 the Mountain Top Chorale will compete with other international choirs in the categories Folklore, Sacred Choir Music and Mixed Choirs.
The Sol Art Choir from Vietnam however deserves the credit to win the favour of the audience two times in a row: In 2013 and 2011 it was awarded the Audience Prize and also a Golden Diploma in the category Folklore. The children’s choir was founded in 2008 and is committed to support children in need and a peaceful living together with its performances. The ensemble participated in numerous international choir festivals and competitions and will compete in Wernigerode once again in its supreme discipline Folklore as well as the category Equal Youth Choirs.
But the International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition features more than these two choirs: Until now 29 choirs from 14 nations have confirmed their participation in order to surprise and to enthrall choral music lovers with their unique repertoire.