"It was an absolutely amazing event and we are very pleased that we were part of it."
3rd Choir Olympics
In July 2004, the Choir Olympics took place for the first time in Germany with nearly 18,000 participants from 83 nations. In 26 categories 360 choirs sang in 524 competition appearances for 105 golden, 96 silver and 29 bronze diplomas in the Choir Olympic Qualification Round and for 98 gold, 163 silver and 33 bronze medals in the Choir Olympic Competition. The most successful countries were China, Hungary, Republic of Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. 70 choral experts belonged to the international jury. The newly established Choir Olympic Council discussed and passed the 3rd Resolution on Choral Music, which was ceremonially handed over to Silja Fischer, representative of the International Music Council (IMC) of UNESCO. Patron was the President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic Town of Bremen, Dr. Henning Scherf.
The first edition of the "Choral Fireworks" was established in Bremen, becoming an integral part of further Choir Olympics. Thousands of singers are not only audition of a concert with symphonic orchestra, but also are invited to sing pieces such as "Should auld acquaintance" or "Hallelujah" by Handel together with all participants. All in all, about 135,000 visitors enjoyed encounter concerts in Bremen and surroundings, the opening and closing ceremonies, gala concerts, choral fireworks, the Chinese evening and the daily competitions. It was an event that was met with a positive response by the people of Bremen as well as by the press. Far more than 500 national and international press articles, more than 3 hours of radio broadcasting and a total of 150 minutes of report on TV in Germany and abroad served as a documentation of the high interest in the Choir Olympics worldwide.
"Thank you very much and congratulations on all the hard work and wonderful music you bring to the world even as far south as South Africa."
"We really hope that the peace and love that was transmitted in this event shines all around the world making a new sunshine of fraternity. Thank you again for your efforts and investment to make us live this great experience full of happiness and hope."
This event lies in the past!
You are interested in participating in this event series? Then have a look right now at our overview, which provides information about when the event will be held the next time. There you can also find further dates and destinations of our events taking place worldwide.
- Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden), Honorary President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM)
- Prof. Paul Wehrle (Germany), Founding President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), Honorary President of INTERKULTUR Foundation
in co-operation with
the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
the HVG Hanseatische Veranstaltungs-GmbH
with kind support by
numerous national and international committees and organizations
Dr. Henning Scherf, Mayor, The President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
President of the Choir Olympics
Günter Titsch (Germany)
Honorary Artistic President
Prof. Eric Ericson (Sweden)
Claus Kleyboldt, HVG Hanseatische Veranstaltungs-GmbH/Stadthalle Bremen
Dr. Klaus Sondergeld, Bremen Marketing GmbH
Peter Siemering, Bremer Touristik Zentrale Gesellschaft für Marketing und Service mbH
Stefanie Stiller, Organisationsbüro Bremen
We congratulate all singers to their great results! Many thanks to all choirs and ensembles for participating!