Voices of the World: Music for Peace and Harmony
The Opening Event of the European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations in Norrköping 2023
The 5th European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations commenced in grand style in the city of Norrköping, Sweden. The Louis De Geer Konsert & Kongress played host to a heartwarming Opening Ceremony, setting the stage for a week filled with the melodious voices of choristers from around the world, and the atmosphere at the concert hall was charged with palpable excitement and anticipation.
Under the direction of Artistic Director Fred Sjöberg, a remarkable ensemble, including the Östgöta Blåsarsymfoniker and one of Sweden's oldest choirs, Musikaliska Sällskapets Kammarkör, presented a diverse repertoire ranged from beloved choral classics to songs from the world famous Astrid Lindgren's films, and even the “Tattoo” tunes that conquered the Eurovision Song Contest stage this year.
Mayor Anna Sotkasiira Wik warmly welcomed all participants on behalf of the city of Norrköping and wished all participants a fulfilling time at the European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations.
Günter Titsch, President of INTERKULTUR and the World Choir Council, asked the audience for a moment of reflection in honor of the victims of terror and war, with special consideration for the youngest among them:
"Music connects people and nations! With this mission, we aim to bring people together across borders and barriers, to build bridges, sing together, and meet in friendship. In these days, populations in some regions of the world are experiencing terrible events! Our thoughts today are with all those who endure this suffering. We remember all innocent people, especially the many children who have fallen victim to war and terror. By singing together, we want to fight for peace and be an example to all political leaders around the world!"
Another captivating moment during the Opening Concert was the premiere of the event’s Official Song "Voices of the World," composed by 17-year-old Millie Leandersson.
Yesterday’s evening thus marked the beginning of a week full of musical discoveries and emotional moments in Norrköping. On November 5, the European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations Norrköping 2023 will come to a ceremonial close.