Wednesday, 21 Augst 2019 | 11:53 WIB

Batavia Madrigal Singers Win 3 Awards at Florilége Vocal de Tours

Batavia Madrigal Singers Win 3 Awards at Florilége Vocal de Tours (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Batavia Madrigal Singers group led by Indonesian conductor Avip Priatna has won the first prize in the Mixed Choir category at the Florilége Vocal de Tours international choir competition in the city of Tours, France, May 31 to June 2, 2019. In addition, BMS also received Audience Award and Best Staging Award.

Florilége Vocal de Tours is one of the prestigious annual events in France that plays room choir groups in the world that have a high artistic level. To take part in the competition, prospective participants can register and send a sample appearance for the initial selection process.

On this 48th edition, eight candidates of the highest quality were selected to be invited by the Florilége Vocal de Tours organizers to become participants of the competition. They are:

Batavia Madrigal Singers - Jakarta - Indonesia, Mixed choir SŌLA of the Latvian Academy of Culture - Riga - Latvia, Coro UNAB Colombia - Bucaramanga - Colombia, E STuudio Youth Choir - Tartu - Estonia, El León de Oro - Luanco - Spain, Kór Langholtskirkju - Reykjavic - Iceland, Vocal Ensemble BREVIS - Osijek - Croatia, and Ženski komorni zbor ČarniCe - Ljubljana - Slovenia.

Like all other participants, BMS competed in two compulsory rounds namely Compulsory Category and Free Program Category. The winners selected the results of both rounds, which for the category of mixed choir were won by BMS.

Wrapped in Balinese nuances, BMS appeared with a very varied program, some of which were presented with choreography of dance movements.

There are a total of 16 songs sung by BMS. The songs include Richard Dering's Factum Est Silentium song, Johannes Brahms's Das Mädchen, Ivo Antognini's Canticum Novum and Korean composer Gloria Patri's Hyo won woo.

In addition, BMS also presented works by Indonesian young composers namely Fajar and Senja and Ken Steven's Hentakan Jiwa, as well as Janger's song arrangement by Agustinus Bambang Jusana.

Pop songs were also included in the BMS program, namely Freddie Mercury's Don't Stop Me Now song and the I love you medley and What a Wonderful World, which was hosted by Craig Hela Johnson. The song Don't Stop Me Now performed brought BMS to win the Best Staging Award.

This victory adds to the row of achievements achieved by BMS while actively competing in international choir competitions since 2001.

After competing in France, in the near future, BMS will head to Montana, United States, in July to meet the invitation of the Missoula International Choral Festival, and in 2020, to Auckland, New Zealand to appear at the World Symposium on Choral Music.