July 14, 2012
Newman Sound Men’s Choir of St. John’s, NL have been named the best male chamber choir in the world. The choir was awarded the title at the World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The World Choir Games (formerly named the Choir Olympics) is the largest choir competition in the world.Organized for amateur choirs from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin, race, genre of music or artistic ambitions, its motto is “Singing together brings nations together”. The idea of the World Choir Games originated from the effort to bring people together through singing in peaceful competition, showing that unity of nations through the arts can be effectively and illustratively demonstrated and challenged. The Games aim to inspire people to “experience the strength of interaction, challenging personality and community equally by singing together”.
The Newfoundland choir formed in 2005 is now under the direction the Artistic Directors Kellie Walsh, David Chafe and Associate Director Jennifer Hart.
The men’s chamber choir category is considered one of the most prestigious and technically challenging of all in the completion. Newman Sound competed against five other choirs with established international reputations including the Peking University Male Chamber Choir China, Prime Note Ensemble USA USA , Gema Sangkakala Male ChoirIndonesia,Vox Viri, Philippines and the Shanghai Yangjing High School Men’s Choir, China
The World Choir Games, July 4 -14 featured 15,000 participants from more than 60 countries.
Listen to Newman Sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1LonOdwOXw&feature=related
Recommended Web Site: http://www.newmansound.ca/ (Official website of Newman Sound)
Recommended Web Site: History of Music inNewfoundland: http://www.heritage.nf.ca/society/music.html