WSCM2020 has issued a call to choirs and choral experts around the world to apply to perform at the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in July 2020.
The Symposium is the world’s premier choral event. Held once every three years in a distinctive and exciting destination, it draws together the world’s leading choirs, conductors, composers and administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, seminars, masterclasses and workshops. It provides an unparalleled opportunity for musicians to meet and share ideas, and is also a public showcase for the best the choral art form has to offer.
As if to show its truly global nature, the Symposium has begun the journey from Barcelona (2017) to its almost exact antipodes, the Pacific haven of New Zealand. There, for eight days in July 2020, the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Auckland will become the choral capital of the world. Situated on 48 (dormant) volcanoes between the ocean and the Tasman Sea, Auckland is the gateway to a country well recognised throughout the world for its variety of dramatic landscapes and experiences. The city is also home to a lively multicultural blend of Māori, Europeans, Pacific Islanders, Asians and many others.
The theme of WSCM2020 – ‘People and the Land’ – is inspired by this cultural melting pot. It derives in part from the expression tangata whenua (literally “people of the land”), a name the indigenous Māori of New Zealand use of themselves and a concept that sits at the heart of NZ culture in general. Artistic Director John Rosser explains that one of the aims of the Symposium will be “to explore the relationship humans have with the land that supports them: the sense of identity they derive from it and the tensions that may arise out of it.
“However,” he adds, “we hope the theme will be interpreted freely and with flair by participating choirs and practitioners, and that they will draw from a wide range of music in their concert programmes and presentations.”
Applications are open to anyone. The international Artistic Committee of WSCM2020 is looking for 24 choirs – of high quality but varied size, age range and style – from right across the globe. While this is a non-competitive festival, selection for the Symposium carries real prestige and offers successful choirs an unparalleled opportunity to perform on the world stage.
The Committee also invites choral music professionals to offer lectures, workshops or demonstrations on all aspects of choral music, noting that they will be seeking a varied, informative and inspiring range of topics and events.
As to WSCM2020 itself, the organisers promise that Auckland’s Symposium will be warm, friendly, well-organised, centrally-located, modern, responsive, moving, culturally-rich and inspiring. It will truly be a Symposium to remember!
APPLICATIONS CLOSE at midnight (GMT) 31 October 2018, and successful applicants will be informed by the end of the year. For more information about the Symposium, click here.