This summer 30 amazing singers will be heading to the Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival, Scotland’s music festival for choirs, orchestras and bands.
“Céad Míle Fáilte – One Hundred Thousand Welcomes”
The Festival is a celebration of music and culture in Scotland, in July – where international choirs and orchestras come to perform in some of Scotland’s most renowned venues. The festival aims to encourage musical innovation amongst performers; with the emphasis being on the worldwide love for music as a foundation for international relationships. The festival strives to enrich Scotland’s classical, choral and orchestral music scene through injecting a fresh wave of international talent into the traditional genre.
On July 2, 2018, twenty-two of our Cantare singers left for Powell River, BC, to compete in the International Choral Kathaumixw. Kathaumixw is taken from a Coast Salish word meaning “a gathering together of different peoples.” We had a wonderful time meeting people from around the world and we got to hear some amazing choirs!
On Thursday morning, July 5th, we competed in the Children’s Choir category along with 4 other choirs. Then, on Friday afternoon we found out that we had placed second! First place went to the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, a phenomenal show choir. They also won “Choir of the World at Kathaumixw” – a well-deserved win for them!
We performed in two concerts at Kathaumixw, enjoyed amazing food at Culacinno’s (check them out if you’re ever in Powell River), sang around the town, hiked, and made new friends. We were inspired by the amazing music we heard all week, and we are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 season!
In July of 2016 a small group of singers had the privilege to attend THE INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHOIR FESTIVAL in London & Canterbury. The experience was phenomenal, and memories were created that will last a lifetime. It was an honour to sing under the two festival conductors Henry Leck, Founder & Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and David Flood, the Master of the Choristers at the Canterbury Cathedral.
No trip to England would be complete without an authentic afternoon high tea.