Teterovskis: Enjoy the fantastic energy of world choir music!

Teterovskis: Enjoy the fantastic energy of world choir music!
22-10-2013 A+ A-
„People just have to enjoy all those different cultures, the fantastic energy that a choir music concert can offer,” says Ints Teterovskis, conductor and the artistic director of choir „Balsis”, about the upcoming World Choir Games that will be held next year. Together with „Balsis” they performed at World Choir Games in China, 2010. Back then, they won gold medal at the open programme category and silver medal at the competition for mixed chamber choirs.

In 2014, when Riga becomes the main meeting point for choirs from all around the world, „Balsis” wont take part at the competition this time, but they will definitely perform in the final concert, on The Grand Stage at Mežaparks and will take part in many other WCG events. But Ints Teterovskis is invited to lead the masterclasses for foreign choir singers at Mežaparks where they have never sung before, so, for them, it will be a new experience, to find out, what singing on The Great Stage really means.


„I am glad that, finally, an international choir competition will be held in Latvia. Our choirs are well known everywhere in the world, and those collectives have been a trademark for a high-quality performance. It’s because we have had great choir conductors for many generations. Foreign singers will be able to see Latvia, this unique place where those choir singers live and work while Latvian audience will see choirs they would not meet in any other circumstances.”

Various choirs from Asia, Africa, Australia as well as from Europe and America will come to Riga.

At WCG, choirs particularly use lots of theatrical elements in their performances whilst it’s not quite common in Latvia, so, for visitors, it would be something new and fresh. „”Ave Sol” choir and conductor Imants Kokars started and developed this approach on the stage which was quite unusual, all the theatrical movements and transitions were something completely new for a classical choir music. Apart from that, also folk elements and traditional culture shades appear in WCG performances,” tells I. Teterovskis.


Teterovskis particularly highlights the meaning of „Ave Sol” creative work and Imants Kokars as a professional who did a great work in order to develop choir music on a high-quality level. „During the 1970s- 1980s, „Ave Sol” revealed some kind of a Renaissance in choir music while performing outside USSR. Choirs in Asia mainly gained the experience from Latvian choirs. Professors who taught the new generation conductors use working structures and principles created by Imants Kokars. It’s fantastic to hear the result of those learning traditions. A couple of years ago, we visited a choir music fair in France together with „Balsis” choir where a collective from North Korea also performed. And I whisper to my choir singers: Ave Sol! Practically everything – the dramaturgy, the song list, everything reflected the school of Imants Kokars, except the fact that those were their own songs. Indeed those influences are undeniable.”


„For ”Balsis„, our first experience at WCG was in China, Shaoxing. It's hard to compare this with other competitions or with the next year's WCG in Riga.”

In China, they experienced pretty hard restrictions and rules. Singers from „Balsis” were not really allowed to go on city tours themselves, but, if they had the chance, then a guide and one more person were to accompany them. „However, I did have my word with them and gave them a confirmation letter in English that says I'm responsible for my gruop. So, that way, we could do whatever we wanted,” tells Ints Teterovskis. „If you could see the faces of those both Chinese, how glad they were to be able to stay with us. Therefore, they could tour to places together with ”Balsis„ choir they would not be allowed to see otherwise.”

„In China, there is completely different approach towards organizational work at WCG. This is completely different country, after all. For instance, we had only few chances to listen to other choirs performing. In Latvia, listeners will be able to hear all concerts, they just have to come. Various concerts from different WCG categories will be held in concert halls and churches. The competition is for listeners, they just have to enjoy this marvelous mix of different cultures and feel the fantastic energy of world choir music. Riga will be pretty upbeat by the time of WCG. It's interesting, even just to see how WCG are set everywhere around the world.”


Choirs from Latvia can still apply for WCG concert at The Grand Stage, Mežaparks, on 13 July, 2014. Choirs who wish to register for the concert, are invited to fill in the application form until 10 November on the web page of Latvian National Centre for Culture.

This will be the first time at WCG when all choirs (foreign and Latvian) will perform united repertoire.

WCG is a part of the European Capital of Culture programme. The events will take place from 9 to 19 July in Riga. More than 20 000 participants will perform at WCG including a competition in 29 various categories. Apart from that, masterclasses, seminars, a large-scale concert at „Arēna Rīga” and other events will be included in the official programme.

To find more about WCG, click here: www.singriga.lv.



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