Top-Level Master Classes at the World Choir Games

Top-Level Master Classes at the World Choir Games
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
A number of top-level master classes by local and foreign vocal music experts are taking place in Riga until the 19th of July as part of the World Choir Games.

Those who attend master classes at the World Choir Games will be issued certificates confirming their participation in the master classes at the Riga Latvian Society House.

After all, the World Choir Games, besides being a choral competition, also have a major educational value.

Romāns Vanags, the Artistic Director of the World Choir Games, comments: 

“I invite everybody, and especially music teachers, conductors and other people who work in music, to make use of this unique opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills, not only at the theoretical level but also at meetings with outstanding music experts and learning from them. Those who do will receive an official document confirming their participation in the master classes.”

Master classes of the World Choir Games’ Part II will commence on the 16th of July and continue until the 18th of July, covering such diverse subjects as gospel singing and Latin American fiesta, Chinese choir music, Papua and Bali rhythms, and offering visitors a unique chance to meet with the World Choir Games’ Honorary Artistic Director Morten Lauridsen (at 11:30 a.m. on the 17th of July) and the World Choir Games’ special guests – the British vocal sextet “The King’s Singers” (at 11: 30 a.m. on the 16th of July and at 11: 30 a.m. on the 18th of July). Those who attend will also be issued certificates confirming their participation in the master classes.

Tickets to the master classes are available from “Biļešu paradīze” outlets and online shop www.bilesuparadize.lv. A full programme of the master classes can be viewed at www.singriga.lv.

The World Choir Games is the largest choir music festival in the world, which this year brings 460 choirs from 73 countries on five continents, or a total of 27,000 choir singers, to Riga. The idea of the World Choir Games is to bring people together through singing in peaceful competition. For ten days, from the 9th to the 19th of July, competitions in 29 categories are held in Riga concert halls and parks, as well as master classes and seminars, special concerts and friendship concerts, the Parade of Nations and much, much more.

The World Choir Games are hosted biennially since 2000. The Games in Riga are organised by the “Riga 2014” foundation in co-operation with the German cultural organisation “Interkultur”.

“Lattelecom”, the official partner of the “Riga 2014” Programme, ensures technological support for the “Riga 2014” events, including free WiFi. The technologies offered by “Lattelecom” make it possible to bring cultural values to the general public and to involve everyone in the unique cultural life of the city. There are almost 1,000 free WiFi zones in Riga, making the city Europe’s free WiFi capital. Additional WiFi zones have been set up at the World Choir Games concert venues for the convenience of participants in the event – near the Vērmanes Park’s stage, Olympic Sports Centre, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the Great Guild Hall, and, for the Great Celebration Concert on the 13th of July, at the Mežaparks Open-Air Stage.

ERGO, the official insurer of the European Capital of Culture events, provides event cancellation insurance for the World Choir Games concerts. This is a novelty for Latvia, meant to ensure that concert goers, performers and organisers may feel safe for their investment and contribution, and enjoy the occasion without worrying about bad weather or any other disturbances.

“Audi” and “Volkswagen” provide transport services for the “Riga 2014” and the World Choir Games organisers.

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