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World Choir Games 2016

Champions of the World Choir Games announced

Russia is leading the medals table

Finally the time has come: The best choirs of the 9th World Choir Games have been announced. At the Awards Ceremony in the Bolshoy Ice Dome this morning the winners of the competition were awarded. 283 choirs from 36 nations demonstrated their musical skills during the last 10 days.

Already after the first part of the World Choir Games the first choirs were nominated as Champions and category winners. The results of the second part have been announced at a festive Awards Ceremony. The participating choirs could cheer for 29 Golden, 43 Silver and 4 Bronze Diplomas in The Open Competition.

In The Champions Competition there was a special reason to celebrate. The leading choir of the INTERKULTUR World Rankings, the Stellenbosch University Choir from South Africa could defended its title as best amateur choir of the world. The choir won the categories “Spiritual”, “Musica Contemporea” and “Musica Sacra a cappella”. Altogether 61 Golden and 40 Silver Medals have been awarded.

In addition to the Diplomas and Medals the Hänssler-INTERKULTLUR CD Award was overhanded already for the third time. Three top class choirs from China, Russia and South Africa were the shortlist candidates. But finally the Stellenbosch University Choir has won the CD record with Hänssler Classic.

Also after the second Awards Ceremony of the World Choir Games the host country Russia still leads the medals table with 88 medals, followed by China with 56 medals and South Africa with 7 medals.

These are the recently awarded Champions of the World Choir Games:

CATEGORY C20 – JAZZ
Fontys Jazz Choir (Netherlands)
conducted by Hans van den Brand

CATEGORY C1 – YOUNG CHILDREN’S CHOIRS
Guangzhou Tianhe Mostshining Boy’s Choir (China)
conducted by Xujun Zhang

CATEGORY C22 – SPIRITUAL
Stellenbosch University Choir (South Africa)
conducted by André van der Merwe

CATEGORY C11 – FEMALE CHAMBER CHOIRS
Zhensky Kameren Khor „Sv. Zlata Meglenska“ (Republic of Macedonia)
conducted by Letka Dimovska Polizova

CATEGORY C13 – MALE CHAMBER CHOIRS
The Müller Chamber Choir (Chinese Taipei)
conducted by Meng-Hsien Peng

CATEGORY C18 – MUSIC OF SPIRIT AND FAITH
Guangdong Experimental High School Choir (China)
conducted by Mingjing Xie

CATEGORY C19 – MUSICA CONTEMPORANEA
Stellenbosch University Choir (South Africa)
conducted by André van der Merwe

CATEGORY C7 – UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE CHOIRS
Academy of Choral Arts Chamber Choir (Russia)
conducted by Aleksei Petrov

CATEGORY C16 – MUSICA SACRA A CAPPELLA
Stellenbosch University Choir (South Africa)
conducted by André van der Merwe

CATEGORY C25 – POP CHOIRS
Nizhny Novgorod State University Choir (NNSU) (Russia)
conducted by Larisa Erykalova

CATEGORY C9 – MIXED CHAMBER CHOIRS
Gnesins‘ Ensemble of Contemporary Music „Altro coro“ (Russia)
conducted by Aleksandr Ryzhinskiy

CATEGORY C21 – GOSPEL
Choir of Gangzhou Liwan Children’s Palace (China)
conducted by Huikun Li

CATEGORY C28 – FOLKLORE WITH ACCOMPANIMENT
Choir Detstvo (Russia)
conducted by Tatiana Bederina

A detailed list with all choirs, scores and categories can be found here (323 KB).

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