The Internationale Koorwedstrijd Vlaanderen (IKV) or International Choir Contest Flanders will take place for the 15th time during the weekend of October 4-6 2019. It all started in 1987 in Maasmechelen, which became the hometown of this contest for 30 years. In 2019 the competition will take place in C-Mine in Genk. This old mine site combines the history and charm of the old buildings with modern creativity: the perfect place for the International Choir Contest Flanders!
International in Flanders
Because of IKV, every two years Flanders and the province of Limburg may welcome voices from all over the world, like Croatia, Russia and even Indonesia. All the choirs try to convince the professional jury with performances of known and lesser-known music, melodies form their own countries and of course the compulsory work written by a famous Flemisch composer.
Competition and musical friendships
This weekend full of music always starts with a kick off concert on Friday evening. Every choir has to sing a jury concert on both Saturday and Sunday, in one of the two categories (equal voices or mixed choir). All the singers will get the chance to get to know each other during the weekend, have fun together and even sing friendship concerts on Saturday evening at different locations in the Flemish province of Limburg. On Sunday the weekend will end with a closing concert and the proclamation.
How it started in 1987...
The choir Cantate from Maasmechelen celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1987. Therefore the president and conductor of the choir Frans Meyers and Maurice Delporte wanted to do something special. The choir not only sang some celebration concerts, they also organised for the first time the prestigious International Choir Contest Cantate in Maasmechelen. This was the start of a long and beautiful tradition. The singers of Cantate, nowadays conducted by Marie-Rose Van Gerven, still contribute to organize this big international event. Because of an amazing group of enthusiastic volunteers, every edition is a successful and unforgettable choir event.
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zaterdag 5 oktober
Competition equal voices
|13.30 u.||Opening, welcome|
|13.35 u.||Girls Choir of the Koper Music School, Slovenia|
|13.55 u.||Female Choir University of Miskolc, Hungary|
|14.15 u.||Female Choir Furiosa, Belgium|
Competition mixed voices
|15.05 u.||Waelrant Camerata, Belgium|
|15.25 u.||Siparantum Choir, Republic of Kosovo|
|15.45 u.||Chamberchoir Hugo Wolf, Slovenia|
|16.05 u.||PUNKT., Czech Republic|
|16.25 u.||Vocal ensemble SAEVUS, Belgium|
|16.45 u.||End competition day|
|20.00 u.||Evening concerts by the participating choirs in Genk C-mine, Zonhoven, Oudsbergen-Opglabbeek, Lanaken-Veldwezelt, Riemst-Zussen, Opoeteren-Dorne.|
Zondag 6 oktober
Second day of competitions: free programme
|13.35 u.||Female choir Furiosa, Belgium|
|13.50 u.||Girls' Choir of the Koper Music School, Slovenia|
|14.05 u.||Female Choir of the University of Miskolc, Hungary|
|15.00 u.||Vocal Ensemble SAEVUS, Belgium|
|15.15 u.||Siparantum choir, Republic of Kosovo|
|15.30 u.||PUNKT. Czech Republic|
|15.45 u.||Waelrant Camerata, Belgium|
|16.00 u.||Chamberchoir Hugo Wolf, Slovenia|
|16.15 u.||End competitions|
Awards & closing
|20.00 u.||Closing concert and award ceremony|
vrijdag 4 oktober
During the first weekend of October 2019, eight selected choirs from all over the world will participate in the International Choir Contest Flanders, that takes place in Limburg every two years. Do you want to be part of this singing competition with your choir? Send us your application before February 15, 2019.
Vocal ensemble SAEVUS, Belgium
An ambitious mixed vocal ensemble, founded by Johannes Dewilde in 2016; SAEVUS stands for 'dynamic', boisterous, energetic, and determined and strives towards a perfectly balanced cast of 24 to 32 singers. The ensemble wishes to offer a refreshing interpretation of mainly contemporary and romantic choir literature. Barely six months after its premiere concert, SAEVUS already won prizes at the choral festival of Flanders in Kontich.
Women's Choir Furiosa, Belgium
Furiosa is one of the for choirs of Arte Musicale, an organisation led by Steve De Veirman. In 2009 this women’s choir grew out of the youth choir Furiakanti. Ten years later the women form a close-knit group, both on and off the stage. The choir focuses on unique repertoire of equal voiced choral works from the most recent choral literature. Composers such as Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Eva Ugalde no longer have secrets for these girls. Thanks to their unique sound, they are often invited to perform at concerts.
Hugo Wolf Chamber Choir, Slovenia
The Hugo Wolf Chamber Choir was founded on the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Hugo Wolf in 2010, as part of ‘Mostovi’, a society promoting the harmony between Slovenian and German culture in Maribor. Hugo Wolf, born in Slovenia, attended secondary school in Maribor, where he also composed his first pieces. Later he emigrated to Vienna. The choir gives special attention to reviving the memory of forgotten composers, connected with their hometown; in addition to Hugo Wolf also Eduard Lannoy, Robert Stolz, Richard Wagner and others.
PUNKT. Czech Republic
Punkt., a student initiative by Prague Conservatoire, is a mixed choir composed of young people, especially students of classical music. It was founded by students of conducting with the vision of performing compositions of other students. The original idea is being held until today. Nowadays, the choir performs all over the Czech Republic, and focuses on more experimental compositions that even include and combine unusual sounds and motion. The choir is conducted by the young choir master and composer Alena Jelínková.
Waelrant Camerata, Belgium
The Waelrant Camerata is part of the ‘Waelrant choirs’ society. This society aspires an open, warm but before everything studious environment in which singers of all ages are willing and passionate about discovering choral music. The Waelrant Camerata is the only choir within the Waelrant society for which its singers are selected from their own youth or chamber choir. With these choirs quite some experience has been gathered at national and international choir festivals and on contest scenes. The Camerata wishes to excel in an exclusive repertoire.
Siparantum Choir, Republic of Kosovo
SIPARANTUM Choir was founded on the basis of an artistic heritage of choral singing in Peja from past centuries. The choir was created by the free will of citizens from Kosovo’s different areas and different categories regardless of age, gender, race, religion and social status with the same dream and commitment: to give love, trust and hope through singing to all of them who believe in a better future of the world. Siparantum choir has very successfully performed several works from Renaissance to contemporary music such as: Bach, Mozart, Whitacre, Runestad, Rabe and contemporary Albanian composers.
Female Choir of the University of Miskolc, Hungary
The Female Choir of the University of Miskolc was founded in 1987 as the practice choir of the institution. It is an active participant of the music life of the city and several radio recordings and performances in Hungary and abroad prove its significant presence.
Its a cappella repertoire reaches from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The choir is often involved in performing oratories. The choir is conducted by Zoltán Sándor.
Girls’ Choir of the Koper Music School, Slovenia
The Girls’ Choir of the Koper Music School grew out of the Youth Choir of the Koper Music School. For the past eight years, it has been led by conductor Maja Cilenšek.
The choir has been invited to perform at festivals in Italy, Austria and Slovenia. The choir regularly gives performances of works by contemporary composers as Uroš Rojko, Bojan Glavina, Ambrož Čopi, Tadeja Vulc, Andrej Makor and Matej Bonin.
Info & tickets
Dates and location
The 15th edition of the International Choir Contest Flanders will take in C-mine Genk in the province of Limburg, from Friday October 4 until Sunday October 6, 2019.
C-mine cultuurcentrum Genk
C-Mine 10, bus 1, 3600 Genk
The board of the International Choir Contest Flanders: Jos Venken (president), Marie-Rose Van Gerven en Albert Philippaers (vice-presidents), Christiane Janssens (secretary), Finie Tollenaers (treasurer), Geert De Troyer, Frans Loyens, Lea Ubachs, Paul Steegmans, Willy Swennen, Lieselotte Goessens, Steven Smits en Gert Vanderlee.
De Internationale Koorwedstrijd Vlaanderen 2019 is een initiatief van Cantate Maasmechelen en wordt mee mogelijk gemaakt dankzij de steun van het Choral Festival Network, C-mine, Koor&Stem, de gemeente Maasmechelen, stad Genk, de provincie Limburg en de Vlaamse Gemeenschap.