UP CONCERT CHORUS BAGS THE GRAND PRIX AT THE INTERNATIONAL KRAKOW CHOIR FESTIVAL

  • In the recently concluded 6th International Krakow Choir Festival "Cracovia Cantans" (11-14 June 2015) -- with no less than a jury composed of respected authorities in choral music such as Prof. Romuald Twardowski (Poland) as Jury Head, and Jury Members: Ko Matsushita (Japan), Irina Roganova (Russia), Javier Busto (Sweden) and Rihards Dubra (Latvia) -- the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC) was accorded the FIRST PLACE in Category A (Mixed Choir) besting nine other choirs from Norway, Hungary, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Estonia. The UPCC sang Esto Les Digo (Kinley Lange), Abendlied (Josef Rheinberger), Ummah, Sallih (John August M. Pamintuan) and Elijah Rock (Moses G. Hogan).

    With the limitation that choirs may enter only two categories, the UPCC also competed in Category F (Folk, Popular and Gospel Music) where the group won SECOND PLACE over other choirs from Norway, Poland, Estonia and Sweden. With its trademark choreographed choral music, the UPCC rendered Kruhay (Beny Fruto Castillon), Bagong Umaga (Bayang Barrios - Mike Villegas, Joel Cruz arr.), Hataw Na! (Gary Valenciano, Teresa Barrozo arr.) and Let It Be (John Lennon, Ryan Cayabyab arr.). A source said the group lost the first place on a technicality: it exceeded the 13-minute time limit; this lapse may have been occasioned by the audience's thunderous applause interrupting UPCC's performance in between songs, which was strictly prohibited by the rules.

    The Krakow Choir Festival also awards the Grand Prix to the group that receives the highest score overall. The UPCC garnered this prize as well. For further information, visit www.krakowchoirfestival.pl.

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