Thursday, September 22, 2016

Your invitation to perform in the British Isles! Custom & Festival Choir Tours

The British Isles offers choirs so much: Ireland’s lyrical beauty, the distinct culture of Wales, Scotland’s Highlands and Britain’s jewel in the crown…London.

CUSTOM TOURS
Ireland
Ireland brings out the whimsy in us all. Whether tracking down that elusive four leaf clover or rumored ancient relatives, Ireland holds us in its palm and charms us with its culture, music, history and love of life.

Scotland & Wales
Distinct cultures far from the hustle and bustle of London. The Welsh choirs are welcoming and reflect a proud culture. Edinburgh and Glasgow boast great venues and are the gateway to the mysteries of the highlands.

England – London
The iconic sites of London dazzle all who see them. A city like no other surrounded by further jewels: Canterbury, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford on Avon, Stonehenge, Bath offering exchanges and commanding historic spaces in which to perform.


IRELAND FESTIVAL

Z. Randall Stroope
Sing with the composer!

Dublin Festival Concert + Individual Concerts
Belfast or Galway touring options
Early July 2018


Perform in the British Isles. Different yet alike; a country of pageantry with deep cultural roots and breadth of history.

Be in touch for further information

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Z. Randall Stroope's 2018 Dublin Choir Festival - The Invitation!

Friends,

Ireland brings out the whimsy in us all. Whether tracking down that elusive four leaf clover or rumored ancient relatives, Ireland holds us in its palm and charms us with its culture, music, history and love of life.

In this context I will program 30 minutes or so of repertoire for my 2018 Dublin Choir Festival that captures the Irish spirit, that shares the music of America and the rest of the world. I enjoy rehearsing a piece of my own to explore, as if for the first time, the interplay between composition and choir that is so unique to every performance.

KIconcerts and I collaborate in a way that brings you the best combination of musical and touring experiences. Above all we will ensure a safe, fun and informative stay in the land of leprechaun! And as the Irish say more eloquently than could we:

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand

Until we meet in Ireland.

Z. Randall Stroope
Artistic Director & Conductor



Monday, September 12, 2016

Rollo Dilworth to lead 2018 Passion of Italy Choir Festival - Mass at St. Peter's, Gala Concert in Rome

I am delighted to be leading the 2018 Passion of Italy Festival.

This is my 8th international festival with KIconcerts in different locations around the world and choristers still remind me warmly of the great time we had singing in Italy back in 2009.

Italy is a commanding presence in our world of music and one of the most important epicenters today is Rome. Imagine singing in a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica with all the voices of centuries past still speaking in that space. What a privilege and honor for us to add to the Vatican’s endless echoes. The next night we present our combined Gala concert featuring each of our participating choirs and the combined festival choir. This is also performed in an exceptional space with acoustics unique to ancient Europe.

Optional Italian extensions are available for instance to Florence and Venice with individual concert opportunities in Tuscany and Venice. Touring in Italy is to step literally onto the cobblestones of times past – including for instance in Rome - the Coliseum, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.

The Passion of Italy Festival is intentionally passionate – through our choice of singing, combined voices and the historical context that surrounds our visit to Italy.

Join us for the 2018 Passion of Italy

Rollo Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

SING AUSTRIA 2018 Choir Festival with Angela Broeker

Dear Directors

Vienna – Salzburg – Central Europe…places beating within the hearts of all conductors, music educators and singers.

When KIconcerts invited me to lead a festival, I was keen on the opportunity to rehearse and conduct the combined choir in Vienna before presenting our gala concert again in Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg. Choirs will also be invited to sing their own concerts or exchange/partner concerts in Vienna as well as in extension cities if you opt for the post-tour options.

Presenting this festival in Austria allows me to combine my two passions: joining in community with young musicians to create beautiful choral music and exploring amazing locations overseas. Please join us as we experience the living history of these lands!

I have toured my own choirs happily with KIconcerts for many years now and am looking forward to this new collaboration with them.

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions you might have. I look forward to working with you and your students as we sing a festival choir program filled with music from around the world.

I hope to be able to greet you in Europe.

Angela Broeker
Artistic Director & Conductor




Friday, September 2, 2016

ROMAinCANTO Choir Festival - The Vatican - June 2018

Friends

We are delighted to announce that KIconcerts is partnering with Associazione Musicale ROMAinCANTO to present choirs the ROMAinCANTO Festival led by Maestro Avolio.

KIconcerts: ROMAinCANTO Choir Festival - Maestro Fabio Avolio with the PopeThis is a festival of specific appeal to Catholic choirs with its focus on sacred repertoire, the singing of Mass by the festival choir at St. Peter’s Basilica, attending the weekly Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square and the workshops led by the Maestro culminating in a concert featuring all the choirs. Individual concerts are offered in Rome for those that wish them as well as on extension tours such as to Florence and Venice.

The ROMAinCANTO festival is under the patronage of the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico - Universit√† Sant’Anselmo di Roma, the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra di Romaand and the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani. This auspicious musical gathering of choirs from around the world celebrates great literature in the home of so much sacred music is under the leadership of a Vatican organist. As the Maestro himself says:
Dear Choir Directors 
On behalf of the Associazione Musicale ROMAinCANTO, I wish to invite you and your singers to the 2018 International Festival of Sacred Music. This will be a great musical event in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, where I am one of the organists, and in other iconic Rome locations. 
We invite choirs of the world who sing sacred literature as a part of their repertoire to join with me as we rehearse together prior to animating Mass at the main alter of St. Peter’s Basilica (singing the Entrance, Offertory, Communion, Recessional) as the Festival Choir. In addition, we will stage concerts for the participating choirs and you are invited to a be reviewed by expert judges in a non-competitive setting as well as to attend a workshop on the Schola Romana of Palestrina which I will lead for you. This workshop will involve the study of a motet in the context of the era and characteristics of the Palestrina style. 
A DVD of the Mass will be provided to each choir in addition to a plaque and a certificate will be given to every workshop participant. 
I am delighted to be working with KIconcerts to host choirs from North America and Australia along with choirs from other countries and would be happy to cooperate with them to answer any questions you may have. 
I am looking forward to welcoming you personally 
Fabio Avolio
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions of us. Those of a musical nature will be referred to Maestro Avolio and his committee.

It is our pleasure to bring such an opportunity to your attention and that of your singers (non singers are also welcome and will enjoy a separate program during the rehearsal times).

Sincerely
Oliver Scofield

Thursday, September 1, 2016

An invitation to sing Haydn Theresienmesse in Barcelona 2018 with Larry Wyatt

Dear friends,

I am pleased to have been asked to conduct a festival performance in Barcelona, Spain in early June of 2018. Barcelona is one of the most interesting cities in the world. In 2017 it will host the World Symposium on Choral Music. It is a very choral friendly city. Perhaps the most interesting site in Barcelona is Gaudi’s Church of the Sacred Family.

I have now done four of these festivals for KIconcerts and I can tell you that they are a first rate organization. They find great hotels and wonderful concert venues. These projects work well for choirs, as each choir has its own tour schedule and concerts plus the festival performance provides an opportunity for them to come together and perform a major work with other choirs, professional orchestra and soloists. I have tentatively selected the Haydn Theresienmesse for the festival concert. Because of the flexible nature of the festival performance, smaller choirs or choirs with some balance issues may choose to participate only in the mass choir concert and choose not to do individual performances.

Your tour can be extended to the Madrid area or virtually any other area of Europe. Believe me however, there is more than enough in the Barcelona area for you and your singers to have a spectacular time. I hope that you can join us in June, 2018 in Barcelona.

Larry Wyatt
Artistic Director & Conductor



Thursday, August 18, 2016

Touring young singers abroad safely: Henry Leck choir festivals in Ireland, Iceland & Hong Kong

Having worked with young people all my life I know of the additional responsibilities when on tour internationally with this age group.

In my capacity as Distinguished Advisor to KIconcerts I sought to ensure that our forthcoming tours for our younger singers were to places that we had confidence would avoid the concerns that parents might have. My next four festivals with KIconcerts therefore are to:


In many respects the furthering of international understanding through music has never been more important.

I feel these are currently the right destinations to be planning for student singers and would be pleased to talk with you about hosting your full choir or smaller groups of singers in these unique summer festivals settings.

Henry Leck