We are excited to welcome the following international choral experts to ChoirFest Middle East 2019.
The VCM Foundation (London, UK) and Apollo5
The VCM Foundation is a thriving vocal music education charity based in the UK that brings the power of singing to communities around the world. The VCM Foundation’s professional performers – Apollo5, VOCES8 and Paul Smith – are central to their work.VCM is passionate about engaging young people through singing, believing that the opportunity to take part in music making should be available to everyone through its innovative education programme which aims to inspire creativity.
Apollo5 delights audiences with versatile and engaging performances on the concert platform, singing repertoire ranging from renaissance, classical and contemporary choral music to folk, jazz and pop.
5th– 9thMarch 2019 – Adult choir sessions
Ragnar Rasmussen is Full Professor of choir conducting at the Music Conservatory, University of Tromso, Norway. He is also the conductor and artistic director of The University Choir Mimas (Tromso), Stavanger Symfoniorkesters Kammerkor (Stavanger, Norway) and international “Utopia & Reality Summer Academy” for young talented choral singers. In the year 2012, he was recognized as a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers. As a composer, Rasmussen has written several a – cappella works, vocal – instrumental works and an opera.
Lorenzo Donati is a composer, conductor, and violinist. He performed at concerts with Coro Giovanile Italiano, Insieme Vocale Vox Cordis and Hesperimenta Vocal Ensemble winning several national and international awards. In 2016, he won with UT Insieme Vocale-Consonante in the 28th edition of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. He has been conducting the professional choir Coro della Cattedrale di Siena Guido Chigi Saracini since 2016. His choral works have been performed by Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Joyfull Company of Londen, Philippine Madrigals Singers, and St. Jakobs Chamber Choir Stockholm.
Baritone/tenor Frank Havrøy joined Nordic Voices in 1997. He works as a freelance singer and composer, doing projects of different styles and genres. In 2008, he started as a PhD graduate at the Norwegian Academy of Music with a project that concentrates on the classical, contemporary vocal ensemble. He is also a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers, a professional organisation for working composers.