Ben said of his appointment: "I really want to extend my experience in choral
music and Clacks Choral
will provide me with just such an opportunity.
He earned the Master of Music degree from the Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music; completed one academic year of church music study in Berlin, Germany; and pursued doctoral work in choral
conducting and organ at the University of Iowa.
At this year's competition, the group from Taichung, Taiwan, was competing against choral
groups from 30 different countries around the world.
Veneracion (AOV) International Choral
Festival is a four-day affair featuring the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz) in concert on opening night and the inaugural Asia Choral
Grand Prix (see related story on this page).
The concerts of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, popularly known as the Madz, the CCP's resident choral
company and Asia's most awarded choral
ensemble, fill up the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) that has over 1,800 seats.
He said choral
music had come a long way in Botswana, adding that in the past, it was only sung in foreign languages.
Historians and cultural scholars from different countries explore the transnational dynamics of the choral
movement in Europe during the 19th century and the potential of choral
singing to mobilize people for nationalist projects.
Master-works from Bach to Britten (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007) provide subjective interpretive guides of specific works based on an author's experience but usually lack evidence of historical performance practice.
Brahms himself wrote to a friend: "As far as the text goes, I have to confess that I would just as well leave out the 'German' and put in its place 'the Human.'" Event: Huddersfield Choral
Society, Brahms - A German Requiem Venue: Huddersfield Town Hall Review by: Prof Thomas Schmidt, Dean of Music at the University of Huddersfield The rich and warm sound for which the Huddersfield Choral
Society is justly famous was ideally suited to the reassuring message and the humanity of Brahms' great work - impeccably prepared by its new choral
director Gregory Batsleer, with great attention to detail and near-perfect diction of the German text.
Aside from capturing the grand prize in the Italian choral
circuit, the UPSA also won four other first prizes in four major categories - Compulsory, Sacred Music, Secular Music and Monographic.
"This will be a great evening of Welsh choral
music and celebration of our national musical tradition.