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VOICES & WINE Alba 2020
Where singing meets enjoyment
A special amount of me-time, getting away from the daily routine and enjoying a place of rich local traditions, delights and pleasure: This is what the Voices & Wine choral events are all about.
Indulge yourself 5 days full of great food and wine tasting along with distinguished conductors, new music and a joint choral celebration. Experience unique moments of conviviality with your choir that will resonate for a long time.
The Italian city of Alba is known all around the world for local delights like wines, truffles and hazelnuts… Barolo, the White Truffle of Alba and a world famous chocolate spread are just a few examples of its fine local products.
During your stay in Alba you will visit and sing at churches, wine cellars and places of the Italian "Risorgimento" and meet an interested audience thanks to the cooperation with our local partner, the Alba Music Festival.
We look forward to inviting you to a very special new series of choral events in 2020. "Voices & Wine" lives up to its name: five days of choral music, accompanied by excellent wine and the best delicacies that the beautiful Piedmont region has to offer: chocolate, tajarin, cheese, hazelnut and other special products.
Welcome to Alba!
Registration deadline: November 18, 2019
For the participation in this event the payment of the registration fee (per choir) as well as the event package (per person) is required. The prices of the event packages and the participant fee can be downloaded below or requested using our contact form.
The registration fee for the Voices & Wine Alba is 200 EUR per choir.
With the event package INTERKULTUR offers participants of its events a special service.
We take care of all the details and through authorized agencies of the INTERKULTUR event series we offer an event package that includes, amongst others, accommodation in different hotel categories as well as other local services.
The rates of the event packages vary according to 3 country groups. They based on the United Nations' Human Development Index (HDI) and adopted to the requirements of the national choral scenes.
Please select your country to see the event package and - for regional choirs - the participant fee for your participation:
Dear friends of choral music,
the issue of visas generally takes a long time. Therefore please make sure to apply for your visa as soon as possible. It is in your own interest. In case you apply too late, you risk a rejection of your visa registration!
Please contact the embassy of the host country in your country to get detailed information what restrictions and regulations apply to you!
Please keep also in mind that you might need transit visas, depending on your itinerary to the competition country.
If you do not have a valid passport yet, please apply for this immediately!
Participants of some countries need an invitation letter as well as a stamped list of participants to apply for a visa. INTERKULTUR can issue these documents.
INTERKULTUR can issue the invitation letter for the duration of the event and can stamp your list of participants to apply for visas only if you have fulfilled all the following conditions:
- you have successfully applied for the event and paid the registration fee to INTERKULTUR
- you have paid the down payment for the event package to our partner agency M&C Music Contact GmbH
- you have sent us the completed list of participants (no handwriting!)
Please send the list only once and try to avoid changes of participants, as changes may delay the issue of your visa. We recommend adding 3 or 4 alternative names as a reserve for participants who may cancel the travel.
As soon as you have complied with those three conditions we will send the invitation letter including the confirmed list of participants by email and the original documents by airmail directly to the responsible person of the choir. This person shall bring the documents to the embassy personally.
Please keep in mind that if you comply with the conditions too late so that we have to send the original invitation letter per international express delivery, you have to take over the additional costs (approx. 100 – 300 EUR).
List of Participants
Please download the document, fill it in completely and send it to us as soon as possible.
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You can send the file
- by sending an email, the list of participants attached, to visa(at)interkultur.com
- by printing it (after filling it in at your computer – no handwriting!) and sending it to us by fax (+49 6404 69749 29)
We assume no liability regarding the application and granting for visas. We do not offer this service but we gladly assist you when you apply for visa at the respective embassy in your country.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
- Welcoming Dinner and Concert with Open Singing
Thursday, April 16, 2020
- Morning: Singing tour in Alba
- Afternoon: Workshop with our guest conductor on a special repertoire selected especially for Voices & Wine
Friday, April 17, 2020
- Morning: Visit and singing at local wine sites where the secrets of two of the most famous Italian wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, are handed down from father to son
- Afternoon: Visit and singing at the local wine sites where Roero delle Lange and Arneis turn into the delicious miracles we enjoy today
- Evening: Visit and concert at the Grinzane Castle International Center for Piedmont’s wines and truffles
Saturday, April 18, 2020
- Morning: Visit and singing at local wine sites
- Afternoon: Rehearsal for the Final Concert
- Evening: Final Concert in Alba with local choirs and Farewell Dinner with all the participants
Sunday, April 19, 2020
- Optional: Singing in a mass in Alba or in the surroundings
Subject to change!
During the 4 days of Voices & Wine there will be time to sing together under the direction of our guest conductor who will be always with the choirs. In particular there will be a workshop on Thursday afternoon focusing on a particular selection of pieces made exclusively for the Voices & Wine series. We are going to give you a collection of songs that will accompany you in these days and beyond.
During the last years Jürgen Faßbender achieved with his choirs numerous 1st prizes at renowned international choir competitions such as "let the people sing", Arezzo, Riva del Garda, Tours, Trelew, Prague, Kleipeda, Llangollen, Vienna, Wernigerode and Choir Olympics Bremen and won the German Choir Competition (Deutscher Chorwettbewerb) several times.
He is a member of the Federal Music Committee of the Hessian Singers' Association, the Choir Association Rhineland-Palatinate, the Literature Committee of the German Choir Competition and the Association of Professional German Choir Conductors.
Since 2012 he has been working as a co-editor of the popular choir book series "Reine Männersache" edited by Peters-Verlag, Frankfurt.
He is an internationally renowned juror, guest conductor and clinician and since 2008 Artistic Director of the Hesse State Youth Choir. In 2012 he was appointed to the World Choir Council.
Willi Becker is an experienced chorus and orchestra conductor whose wide knowledge and experience as lecturer and juror has been greatly appreciated by festivals and competitions all over Germany and beyond.
Holder of a scholarship from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Willi Becker studied from 1970 - 1974 at the University of Mainz. From 1977 to 1981 he studied school music and music sciences at the University of Koblenz. He was the director of the State Youth Choir (1985-1995) and the State Music Academy (1995 to 1999) of Rhineland-Palatinate. From 1999 to 2016 Willi Becker was music coordinator in the "Kultursommer" of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
He drew much of the inspiration for his choral work from the master classes he attended, among others with Eric Ericson, Robert Sund (S), Robert Shaw (USA), Bob Chilcott (GB), Simon Helthey (GB), Frieder Bernius, Volker Hempfling and Wolfgang Schäfer (D).
Willi Becker has enjoyed many successes with his choirs at national and international choral competitions, such as winning the first prize at the 4th German Choral Competition in Fulda. He was also artistic director of the Europa Cantat Music Commission 2006.
Mr. Becker and his ensembles have had several concert tours through Europe, Russia, the USA, Japan and South America. CD's, records, radio and television productions document his extensive choral and concert activities.
A once-powerful city-state – its centre sported more than 100 towers – Alba is considered the capital of the Langhe and has big-city confidence and energy while retaining all the grace and warmth of a small rural town. Alba's considerable gastronomic reputation comes courtesy of its white truffles, dark chocolate and wine. Its annual autumn truffle fair draws huge crowds and the odd truffle-mad celebrity [...]. The vendemmia (grape harvest) remains refreshingly local and low key, if ecstatic in its own way.