Oriental Concentus 2014
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Orientale Concentus, conceptualised in 2008 with the purpose of promoting international arts and cultural exchange and youth choral music development, has seen a successful run across China, Taiwan and South Korea. Participants in earlier editions not only hail from host countries, but also from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and even the United Kingdom. The upcoming seventh edition of the festival, scheduled to take place from 9 to 13 July 2014, at the School of the Arts marks the first time it would be held in Singapore. It is expected to attract close to 2,000 participants from 40 to 50 choirs around the world.
In addition to the choral competition and master classes which are conducted by renowned adjudicators, the festival programme will incorporate community programmes aimed at raising social awareness, developing character and civic mindedness in the youth participants. These community programmes, organised by Dialogue in the Dark (DiD) Singapore, comprise educational workshops that inculcate empathy, non-visual communication, team work, confidence and self-awareness as well as a unique and innovative concert series “Concert in the Dark” aimed at providing an authentic music experience without the glitz and glamour of visual effects and costumes.
The competition is the main highlight of our festival with the largest prize money awarded. It is through the competition that participants learn to work together to achieve a common goal. Through the preparation for competition, participants also constantly challenge themselves as a motivation to perform better.
Orientale Concentus invites all professional and non-professional choirs to actively participate. Through participation choirs will be able to garner valuable experience and have a better understanding of their present artistic level achievements
During the individual master class, choir members together with the choir conductor will be able to work specifically on the choir’s strengths and weaknesses identified by the adjudicators during the Competition.
Conducted in a lecture style environment, the mass master class aims to provide participants with an all-rounded learning experience. The mass master class will also include the use of a Demo choir. Through the demo choir, participants will be able to have a better understanding of what the clinician intends to convey.
Participating choirs will be given the opportunity to interact with other choirs from other nations. It is through such sessions that they interact, relate and forge lasting friendships.
Choirs will have various opportunities to perform in various locations in Singapore, from education institutions to the various attractions in Singapore increasing their exposure to the Singapore audience.
Concert in the Dark is a unique and innovative concert series conducted in complete darkness aimed at providing an authentic music experience without the glitz and glamour of visual effects and costumes. This concert is part of our community effort to raise awareness on the visually impaired.