A musical mosaic of choral sounds from around the world
LISBON SINGS from November 9 - 13, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal
Once the point of departure for many famous explorers in the Age of Discovery, Portugal's capital is a melting pot of epochs and cultures, combining numerous influences from the most diverse regions of the world - making it the ideal host city for INTERKULTUR's international choral competition LISBON SINGS. In addition, the city offers the participating choir singers two musical UNESCO World Heritage treasures to discover: the Portuguese musical style Fado and the choral singing "Cante Alentejano".
For the second time, Lisbon welcomes singers from all parts of the world with its heartfelt hospitality to the international choir competition LISBON SINGS from November 9 - 13, 2023. Ensembles from 16 nations and five continents will perform in eight categories in the "City of the Seven Hills" to measure their choral skills, forge new friendships and celebrate new musical discoveries together.
The Opening Concert with choirs from Estonia, Portugal and Slovenia on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. at the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna represents the choral kick-off of the event. This musical welcome will be presented by the Ellerhein Girls' Choir Tallinn from Estonia, Choro Universidade de Lisboa from Portugal, Nova Era from Portugal and the Vocal Group Korona from Slovenia.
On Friday, November 10, 2023, competitions in several categories will be held at the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna: Mixed Choirs, for example, will start the competition at 2:30 p.m., while the entertaining performances of Children's and Youth Choirs will begin at 3:30 p.m. One of the most popular competition categories at LISBON SINGS, Sacred Choral Music, will take place at the church Ingreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima at 4:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The highlight of the day is the Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna featuring Estudio Choralia Costa Rica, Chorona e.V. Buseck Germany, Klapa Kastav Croatia and Vokalna Skupina "Vivere" Slovenia, presenting international choral works as well as music from their home countries.
Friendship Concerts mark the following Saturday, November 11, 2023: At 10:00 a.m. at the Museou Nacional do Azulejo, at 1:30 p.m. at the Casa do Alentejo, and at 5:30 p.m. at the Auditorio Orlando Ribeiro, different ensembles will enrich the competition with choral works from Brazil, China, Latvia, Norway, Portugal, and Zimbabwe, among others. The category with the most participating groups, Choirs of Equal Voices (Difficulty Level I), will begin at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna.
Fans of the colorful Folklore category will get their money's worth on Sunday, November 12, 2023 starting at 10:00 am at the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna. In addition to further Friendship Concerts during this day, the last part of the Sacred Choral Music category will take place at the church Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima starting at 3:00 p.m., before the day concludes at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Lisbon - Aula Magna with the melodious final concert and the exciting Award Ceremony.
The full program book including all details about the event program and participating choirs can be found here. For more updates on Lisbon Sings, also follow our social media channels on Instagram and Facebook and visit our official event website.