Children and Youth Choral World Championship
St. Petersburg, Russia
February 19 — 23, 2020
Appeals to participants and guests of the Championship
To organizers and participants of the 7th Children and Youth Choral World Championship
I am glad to welcome the participants and guests of the 7th Children and Youth Choral World Championship!
Over its lifetime, this momentous event has become an integral part of the cultural life of St. Petersburg. Each year, the championship enjoys great attention of both participants and spectators, and the unique format and sporting nature of the event convincingly prove that choral art is exciting, emotional and modern.
The project traditionally gives young talents a chance to express themselves in the world of art, produces an atmosphere of creativity and inspiration, offers the joy of meeting artistic people.
I am sure that the Choral World Championship — 2020 will be held at a high professional level, will make new names known, will introduce original choral groups from different regions of Russia to the audience.
I sincerely wish the participants of the project creative inspiration and discoveries, and the guests — vivid impressions of meeting the beautiful!
Chairman of the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg K.E. Sukhenko
Dear lovers of choral singing!
On behalf of the management of the St. Petersburg N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory, I am pleased to welcome the organizers, guests and participants of the 7th Children and Youth Choral Championship!
Choral groups from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Izhevsk, Belgorod, Magnitogorsk, Syktyvkar, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Vsevolozhsk and Ramensky this year will decide the title of the Grand Prix winner of the Championship, demonstrating their skills to the discerning St. Petersburg audience and professional jury.
The new and non-standard format of the competition will support interest from the first to the last performance of the contestants.
I wish the Championship great success, inspiration to its participants and pleasure to all listeners and guests of the event!
Rector of the St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Honored Artist of Russia, Professor А.N. Vasiliev
I cordially greet all participants and guests of the 7th Children and Youth Choral World Championship!
Another festival of music, a festival of choral art uniting children and youth under the roofs of the best concert halls in our city! And all participants and guests of the Championship will have a wonderful opportunity to plunge into the unique atmosphere of St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia!
Once again I will say to the teachers, mentors and parents: choral singing has a huge positive impact on the moral health of the younger generation; choral singing means spiritual immunity from many bad habits! And the Chorus is our reliable assistant in raising a good person!
My gratitude to all organizations and structures that contributed to and helped in bringing the choral groups to our Championship!
I wish you all success and vivid artistic impressions!
People’s Artist of Russia, winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, сomposer Ya.I. Dubravin
Dear young contestants, dear choir leaders, colleagues and lovers of choral art!
On February 19, a unique creative project, the 7th Children and Youth Choral World Championship, will start in the cultural capital of Russia!
This year, 18 choirs from 9 cities of the Russian Federation will compete for the main title, the Grand Prix of the Championship, over 4 days of the competition. And my colleagues, members of the international jury of the contest from Russia, Latvia and China, have a difficult task to evaluate their performances in the round of last 16, quarter-finals, semifinals and finals of the competition.
On behalf of the jury of the Championship, I cordially greet all of you, dear participants, your leaders, soloists, accompanists and wish you creative inspiration, honest and fair struggle, pleasure from performing in the wonderful acoustic halls of the Northern capital, as well as vivid and memorable competitive performances in the name of Music, which has gathered us all here and which is eternal!
I cannot fail to note that the choral art of Russia suffered a heavy loss in the past year. In September 2019, at the age of 80, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Valery Uspensky, who headed the department of choral conducting of the St. Petersburg N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire for over 40 years and the choir of the conservatory students, passed away.
As part of the Championship, on February, 22. in the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, the concert
«Tribute to the Master» will be held, dedicated to Professor V. Uspensky, in which the leading professional and student choral groups of St. Petersburg will pay tribute of love and respect to the Maestro.
Chairman of the jury, Dean of the Faculty of Composition and Conducting, Head of the Department of Choral Conducting of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory named after N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov, composer, Winner of the St. Petersburg Government Prize, Professor S.V. Ekimov
The Children and Youth Сhoral World Championship has already established itself in the cultural life of our city and entered the international arena. Every year the number of its participants is growing. It is great that there are children’s choir groups among the contestants. If a person has sung in a choir since childhood, he or she will carry his love of singing through his whole life. And when all countries start singing, the world will become kinder.
I wish only victories for all participant groups. There cannot be losers in the championship, you are all winners. Let smiles illuminate your faces, and joy fill your hearts, may your skills conquer the grateful listeners!
Honored Educator of the Russian Federation, Head of the City Methodological Association of Choir Leaders of Institutions for extended education of children, teacher, composer A.Yu. Dumchenko