International Center for Choral Music ICCM general report 2005-2008 ● Activities description p.2 ● Some statistics p.4 ● Development plan for 2009-2013 p.11 Activities description Preambule Since 2005, ICCM activities have been choir’s tours, the World Youth Choir summer/winter sessions and the World Chamber Choir, the festival, Songbridge, the library and Musica. 1. Choirs tours. Within four years the International Center for Choral Music organized 50 concerts (cf. table) in Belgium and in the surrounding countries for 7 choirs. During the concert tour, public/school concerts and workshops have been organized in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales of the French Community of Belgium, cultural centers and festivals. Thanks to wonderful specialized invited conductors and choirs, workshops for singers and for conductors took place in the Province of Namur. 2. World Youth Choir – summer and winter session - World Chamber Choir Every year, the ICCM organizes a summer session (Israel, Italy, South Africa and China) and a winter session in Namur. In total 55 concerts took place with at each session more than 20 countries represented. The WYC plays its role of education giving masterclasses for conductors, teaching singing to children and to choirs. The administration task done in Namur for the WYC and the presence of the choir reinforce the reputation of Namur as the international place for organizing choral festivities and as being the capital of choral singing. 3. Organisation of the festival « Namur en Chœurs » The ICCM organizes on regularly basis festivals. The year 2007 was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the International Federation for Choral Music in collaboration with the Theater of Namur, Europa Cantat, A Cœur Joie Belgium and the Choral Center of the French Community. If the festival is juridically organized by Europa Cantat Namur, it’s nevertheless the ICCM which ensured the whole management of the festival. It’s in October, in Namur that the event took place with Belgium and foreign choirs, amateurs and professionals one. This meeting allowed singers, conductors and music lovers to discover different style of music and to register to musical workshops given by specialized musicians coming from different countries Next to the rich foreign musical program, the audience had the pleasure to listen to, an accent has been placed on French choral works for mixed choir, on arrangements done by musicians from the French Community of Belgium and on productions of Belgium composers. 4. The Library The librarian reaches now the number of 18.928 input scores. Nearly 700 collections, that means more than 35.000 songs. The library has more and more CDs (1500), many books dedicated to composers, to the history of music, articles on music, voice, instruments, conducting, etc. 5. Musica The librarian is still working on « Musica » to increase the number of scores in the databank (more than 150.000). He participates to several Musica sessions. Since Musica is on internet (April 2007), it’s now possible to work online. In one year 600 scores have been inserted in the database. The librarian is also at the disposal of visitors to guide them in their research. In the database, the structure of each file describing the score is composed by more than 100 types of information (composer, arranger, title, editor, style, difficulties, type of choir, language, epoch, instruments, etc.). The databank is multilingual (French, German, English and Spanish). In 2007, 60.000 notices have one or more multimedia link: 160.000 links in total (sound extract, image, text, translation, pronunciation, etc.). The ambition of Musica is to become the first virtual world choral library where all what is linked to the pieces will be accessible. The library is for the conductor as essential as a diapason. 6. Recordings of the World Youth Choir To assure the diffusion of the WYC pieces given during the concert, recordings have been made during each session. A collection of 6 CD with the best performances have been edited and sorted by style of music (folk, contemporary, jazz, orthodox, …). 7. Songbridge Songbridge managed by the ICCM and patronized by Unesco is a project involving composers and children choirs to work hand in hand with committed composers to create, though the medium of choral music, new messages and new models for the worldwide movement of children’s and youth choirs. Some statistics World Youth Choir – summer session Origin Conductor Number of concerts and places 28 countries represented Aharon Harlap, Israel x 8 Israel Fred Sjöberg, Sweden Tel Aviv, Carmiel, Kfar Blum (Galilée) 28 countries represented Peter Broadbent, UK x 9 Italy Gunnar Eriksson, Sweden Varese, Como, Lecco, Chiavenna, Switzerland: Gossau France: Nancy, Belgium: Rochefort, Namur (B), Germany: Mainz 27 countries represented Peter Dijkstra, the Netherlands x 11 South Africa: Cape Town Sidumo Jacobs, South Africa Stellenbosch, Tuinedal, Summerstrad, Universitas, Miederpark, Rustenburg Johannesburg, Pretoria, World Youth Choir – winter session Origin Conductor Number of concerts and places 21 countries represented Frieder Bernius, Germany x 7 Belgium, France 21 countries represented Bob Chilcott , United Kingdom x 7 Belgium, France 20 countries represented Theodora Pavlovitch, Bulgaria x 8 Belgium, France During 6 winter and summer sessions, the World Youth Choir gave 55 concerts for approximatively 38.500 auditors. These figures show the success of the WYC in the different countries. World Chamber Choir Origin Conductor Number of concerts and places 12 pays représentés Patrick Baton, Belgique x 2 Belgique : Stavelot, Roisin The « World Chamber Choir » is a choir composed exclusively by former WYC singers aged between 18-26 years old. This choir meets punctually to perform musical projects of high level. The members are young professionals or students coming from all over the globe. They are invited on the basis of musical and vocal skills but also of their human qualities. The World Chamber Choir is an important step before entering the professional world as singer or soloist. Festival « Echo » Choir Origin Essence of Joy USA, Pennsylvania Trio Idocèle Belgium, Wallonia Ishango Belgium Wallonia The artistic collaboration with festivals allows to program not only foreign choirs but also choirs from Belgium. Seven WYC singers have participated as conductor, soloist or singer during festivals programmed by ICCM. Collaborations with the « Hierscht » festival of Heiderscheidt (Luxemburg), « Echo » of Saint-Ghislain (Belgium) and « Echo2 » (France) are yearly planned. Festival « Namur en Chœurs » - organization Choir Origin Voces 8 Great-Britain Ishango Belgium Wallonia Real Group Sweden Witloof Bay Belgium Wallonia Consono Germany Polyphonia Belgium, Wallonia La Grâce Congo Terpsichore Belgium, Wallonia Voces Nordicae Sweden Ottavina Belgium, Wallonia Ellipses Belgium, Wallonia Crécelle Belgium, Wallonia Fugato Belgium, Wallonia Hodie Belgium, Wallonia A Piacere Belgium, Wallonia Chœur à chœurs Belgium, Wallonia Cantemus Belgium, Wallonia Sateline Belgium, Wallonia I Quattro Elementi Belgium, Wallonia Marlagne Belgium, Wallonia Voix-ci voix-là Belgium, Wallonia Spivïmo Belgium, Wallonia The festival consists of concerts, amazing artistic meetings, discovery workshops, and an « off » stage with new talents. Five days to discover choral art under all its facets, the most traditional in the most current. Five days made of Namur the capital of the choral singing, the best place for every singers ! Five foreign choirs and seventeen choirs of the Walloon part of Belgium shared and exchanged musical repertoires and vocal techniques. Voces 8 Musical repertoire of the festival « Namur en Chœurs » During the festival, not only foreign pieces have been sung but also pieces from the French part of Belgium. A special effort has been made to present arrangers and composers of Belgium. Works composed by Belgium artists living in the French part of Belgium Chicons au gratin Benoît Giaux, Mathilde Sevrin La cigale et la fourmi Joseph Jongen Les danses de Lormont César Franck Guirlande Robert Ortman Philosophie Robert Ortman Arrangements done by musicians of the French part of Belgium Mr Bip bip Brice Homs / Michel Fugain Un homme heureux William Sheller / William Sheller Va vers le soleil Claude Lemesle / Michel Fugain La puerta L.Demetrio arr JC Wilkens Walk in Jerusalem Arr. R.Ortman Au clair de la lune Harm : JP Romain N’aie plus peur Y. Duteil /Harm. : D. Schmit La chasse aux papillons G. Brassens/Harm. : D. Schmit Les uns contre les autres L. Plamandon/M. Berger – Harm.: G. Massart Toute la pluie tombe sur moi Teze/B. Bacharach – Harm. : D. Schmit Ballade irlandaise (Un oranger…) E. Stern et E. Marnay – Harm. : D. Schmit Bille de verre M. Rivard /M. Leforestier – Harm. : D. Schmit Francophones works : Les djinns G. Fauré Madrigal G. Fauré Salut printemps C. Debussy Cantique de Jean Racine G . Fauré Messe à 3 voix, a cappella André Caplet (1878-1925) Kyrie eleison Gloria in excelsis Deo Sanctus Agnus dei Salutaris Madrigal op. 35 G. Fauré Romance du soir op. 18 C. St Saëns Calme des nuits C. St Saëns Ca sert à quoi tout ça ? M. Le Forestier - harm. P. Huwiler Syracuse H. Salvador - B. Dimey - Harm. J. Jourdan Faut rigoler H. Salvador - B. Vian - Harm. J. Jourdan Dans la troupe Arr. R Passaque Les tricoteuses Robert Mermoud O vous tous César Geoffray Chantefleurs Etienne Daniel Les boîtes à musique Guy Lafargue Ah si mon moine voulait danser Folklore canadien Les Comédiens Ch. Aznavour et J. Plante - Arr. Fr. Terral Au clair de ma plume J J Goldman - Harm. S. Tardy La ballade Nord Irlandaise Renaud Sechan - Harm. J C .Oudot L’amour brille sous les étoiles E. John - Harm.J C Oudot Né quelque part M. Le Forestier - Harm.J C. Oudot Humana L. Fabian - Harm.C.Turcotte Real Group Reception Palais Provincial Concert tours School Concerts - Choir Origin Public concerts - places places Auditors Trio Isocèle Belgium, Wallonia x 1 France 150 Cenart Mexico, Mexico x 3 France, Luxemburg x 5 Belgium 500 Essence of Joy USA, Pennsylvania x 7 Belgium, Luxemburg, France x 10 Belgium 1.500 Witloof Bay Belgium, Wallonia x 1 France 200 Voix au Chapitre Belgium, Wallonia x 1 France 250 La Grâce Congo, Kinshassa x 13 Belgium, France, Luxemburg x 6 Belgium 4.035 A collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales of the French Community as well as other cultural actors allow the choirs to perform serveral times in schools for a total of several thousand children and young people. Workshops Choers Origin Places Repertoire Participants Cenart Mexico, Mexico Belgium (Namur) A capella music from Mexico Conductors and singers from Wallonia France Conductors of Germany, France,Belgium, Luxemburg Essence of Joy USA, Pennsylvania France Gospel Conductors of Germany, France,Belgium Luxemburg La Grâce Congo, Kinshasa France Traditionnal music from Congo Conductors of Germany, France,Belgium Luxemburg Voces 8 Great-Britain Belgium (Namur) Introduction to choral singing Singers from Belgium and abroad The Real Group Sweden Belgium (Namur) découverte du Jazz/pop vocal Singers from Belgium and abroad Consono Germany Belgium (Namur) combinaison between repertoire Singers from Belgium and abroad and acoustics La Grâce Congo Belgium (Namur) African songs and rythms Singers from Belgium and abroad Voces Nordicae Sweden Belgium (Namur) Choral singing and improvisation Singers from Belgium and abroad World Youth Choir Winter and summer The Netherlands Choir conducting Choir conductors Sessions France Discovery of the repertore Conductors of Germany, France,Belgium Luxemburg South Africa Discovery of the repertore Children from 4 to 10 years old Most of the invited choirs give us not only the pleasure to discover their music but offer us one or several days to organize a workshop in choral singing or choral conducting. Open to everybody, beginners or accomplished musicians, workshops are the opportunity to receive adapted training to the paticipants. These workshops are given by professional musicians who share the same approach of the music. The very wide choice of music presented during the various workshops allows amateurs to find their own musical style. Workshops are organized outside concerts either as part of a festival or other musical events, so that everybody shares joy and pleasure to sing together whatever their talent is great or modest. International Day of Choral Singing. The International Day of choral singing was celebrated on the second Sunday of December 2007 with the collaboration of 59 countries coming from five continents. Proclamation was translated into 15 languages. Each organizer is free to choose the type of event he wants to organize for that special day. Most of the concerts given during festivals took place on open- air stage or on streets during religious celebration. The event was in some countries broadcasted by the television and the radio. Number of countries represented x 59 Number of choirs x 298 Number of participants x 1.000.000 Songbridge Date Place Event 2005 Hong Kong (China) International Children Festival 29 July./3 August 2006 Mainz (Germany) Europa Cantat XVI Festival 1-8 October 2006 Lund (Sweden) International Choral Festival 1-07 April 2007 La Havane (Cuba) America Cantat Festival 15-20 May 2007 Basel (Switzerland) 6th European Festival of Young Choirs 4-10 May 2008 Szczecin (Poland) International Festival of Szczecin 19-26 July 2008 Copenhagen (Denmark) World Symposium on Choral Music 6-11 August 2008 Wakayama (Japan) Children Choir Festival Songbridge gathered during 4 years in great festivals more than 24 children choirs from Europe, Asia, South America, Oceania, North America to make discover their own folklore and more than twenty new choral compositions during concerts. Guangzhou Children’s Palace Sino-Foreign Children’s Gala Development planning for 2009-2013 Preambule Following the reorganization of various IFCM centers, the role of ICCM in Namur may change in connection with the management of the IFCM programs. On the same way, most of the IFCM administration could be operated (mostly on own IFCM budgets) from the ICCM. Concerning specific ICCM projects, here are the new developments. A. International Programmes - World Youth Choir - World Choral Day - Schumann Choir B. Coordination and development of the international choral network - Maintenance and development of the data base for Musica - The Library C. Publications - Website of the World Youth Choir - Visibility in the International specialized press - World Youth Choir recordings D. Specific actions in the French Part of Belgium - Development assistance to the international projects of the local actors - Organizational Partnership of the festival « Namur en Chœur » - Presence in Belgium of various groups related to the IFCM - Organization of training in our buildings - Meeting center in our premises - Organization of concert tours and workshops A. International programmes - World Youth Choir - 2008 China / 2009 Belgium / 2010 Armenia A hundred young singers aged from 17 to 26 years old constitute one of the most original and important choir which currently exist. Year by year the number of participating countries increases. Approximately thirty-five nationalities are present in the choir, ensuring a representation of all the continents. Human and musical qualities of the singers guarantee a perfect artistic cohesion and a spirit of fraternity. This project recognized by UNESCO as « artist for peace » is this summer invited in China thanks to the collaboration with Hong Kong Treble Choir Association. Next summer, the WYC will be hosted in Belgium for a rehearsal session in Ghent and concerts in Belgium and the bordering countries. Armenia will welcome the choir in 2010. - The World Choral Day This is an annual international choral event which commends the values of solidarity, peace and mutual comprehension. This day takes place the second Sunday of December. More than one million voices sing together. Since its creation in 1990, the World Choral Day gathered in a common song more than 450.000 singers, coming from 12.857 different choirs. - Schumann Choir. The European Institute of Choral Singing of Lorraine - France (INECC) wove bonds with INECC Luxemburg, the Choral Center of the French Community of Belgium (CCC) and the Landesmusikrat of the Saar in order to jointly lead projects intended to the development of vocal practices. This collaboration gave birth to the choir Robert Schumann, composed by 48 young people coming from Luxemburg, Wallonia, the Saar and Lorraine. On proposal of the CCC, the ICCM could take this partnership over from them and ensure the part falling on the French Community of Belgium for the transborder project. B. Coordination et development of the world choral network - Maintenance and development of the databank Musica The database proposes with any federation, university, institution, foundation, musical library, editor wishing to promote the diffusion of the choral repertoire, to adhere to Musica International and to participate to the constitution of the virtual library. Musica is a choral documentary research tool and at the same time an education tool at the disposal to the conductors, musicologists, academies, music schools, musical federations, musical library, stores of music, etc. but also at the disposal of amateurs. This tool is appropriate for the management of a musical library. It is also intended to become as essential for conductors as his tuning fork. The databank which is multilingual (in French, German, English, and Spanish) contained in April more than 151.000 references, which represents ten years of work. - Library CDs, books and scores arriving at the ICCM library are each day completing the ranks of our shelves. We hardly count on publishers to send more and more copies of their publications. C. Publications - WYC website The World Youth Choir website make it possible to the net surfers to obtain information on the projects in progress and on the procedures to take part in the events. - Visibility in the international specialized press Each event organized by the federation and the ICCM are announced and reported in the reviews and international sites specialized in the choral music field. - World Youth Choir recordings ICCM will go on with recordings of the World Youth Choir. This is not only a nice souvenir but it is also an instrument for conductors who want to perform some pieces with their own choir. Scores may be consulted at the library and ordered at the « Musical documentation Center » of Namur. This is another kind of collaboration with Belgium actors. D. Specific actions in the French Community of Belgium. - Development assistance to the international projects of the local actors : A Coeur Joie (ACJ), Centre de Chant choral de la Communauté Française de Belgique (CCC) As usual, ICCM joins in a punctual way with ACJ in order to bring to the conductors and to the singers of the French Community the possibility of taking part in master classes and workshops. ICCM brings to the CCC a tool, which can be a choir for the discovery of musical repertoire and the training of choral singing in schools. - Organizational Partnership of the festival "Namur en Choeur" The organizational partnership with ACJ, CCC and the Theater of Namur makes it possible for them to maintain their autonomy while sharing their own forces in order to carry out an international festival. In this way, each partner gains advantages from the partnership and keeps its own specificity. The cultural relationship between the various organizations have in common the training and the discovery of the international and French choral music. The partners make a point of implying themselves in the organization of such a festival which gathers in Namur more than 3.000 auditors. - Presence in Belgium of the various groups related to the IFCM : World Youth Choir, Songbridge, etc... On the artistic level, these groups formed of international young musicians but also of French- speaking singers constitute a unique opportunity, for the young people to develop their musical and vocal talents with internationally well-known conductors as Denis Menier, Robert Janssens, Florian Heyerick (B) and within a professional frame. On the social side, the WYC contributes to the emergence of new generations of « Citizens of the World ». By the joint work and life during one month each summer and winter session, by the mixure of about thirty nationalities and cultures, by the international network, these young adults take over the relay by becoming soloist like Céline Scheen, Sophie Karthauser, Barbara Menier, Séverine Delforge, Benoît Giaux, Céline Vieslet (B) or conductors like Geoffray Degives, Benoît Giaux (B) or by organizing in their turn choral activities. - Organization of training in our buildings. The ICCM welcomes for several years now, young people coming from schools of Namur and singers of the WYC in order to follow a training in cultural management. - Meeting center in our premises. As ICCM is managing international projects, it’s in Namur, at the ICCM office that conductors being part of artistic committees, people in charge of choral organization, conductors and teachers coming for the library, students wishing to take in an active part in the organization of festivals are meeting. - Organization of concert tours. Organization of concert tours allows music lovers from the City and the Province of Namur to discover a high musical level performances but also various folklores and musical traditions coming from all over the world. Not only public concerts are organized in collaboration with various cultural actors of Wallonia but school concerts are also given in collaboration with Jeunesses Musicales. Those concerts are for children from 4 to 12 years old and for teenagers in order to discover various music and to give the taste to start singing or playing an instrument. Workshops for conductors and singers from the French speaking Community are set up in order to exchange the repertoires between guests and local choirs, to learn a new way of conducting, to discover other forms of choir singing.
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