St Andrew’s College awarded Silver at the World Choir Games

JULY 16, 2016

The 9th World Choir Games 2016 in Sochi, Russia started with a spectacular Opening Ceremony. 283 choirs and 12 000 participants from 76 nations met in Sochi from 6 to 16 July for a huge choral celebration with Celebration and Friendship Concerts and, of course, to perform in the largest international choir competition in the world.

St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir was privileged to be part of this amazing event.  The boys were amazed and were left in awe after the spectacular Opening Ceremony, at which point the reality of the whole event sunk in.

On arrival in Sochi, the choir performed in an evaluation performance in front of three judges from Estonia, Venezuela and Singapore. Their feedback was very helpful and having these esteemed conductors working with the choir was an honour and the boys learnt much from this experience.

The nerves started to set in when they arrived at the competition performance but the boys realised that this is what they had been working towards and delivered their best performance yet.

They then mingled after the performance with the other choirs, and were more relaxed at the Friendship concert in Adler Park where we were joined by five other choirs. The audience really enjoyed the African folklore section of the programme and was intrigued by their gumboot dancing.

At the awards ceremony in the Bolshoi Ice Dome, they received an unexpected but welcomed Silver Level X (10) certificate for their efforts, placing them third overall in our category.

 

Photo caption: The St Andrew’s College Chapel Choir on the steps of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow where they had a brilliant performance while on tour in Russia to participate in the World Choir Games 2016.