Listen: Irish choir wins Baltic contest

A choir based in Dublin triumphed September 24 at the 2nd annual International Baltic Sea Choir Contest held in Jurmala.

'New Dublin Voices' from the Republic of Ireland won the decision from the judges in the contest which has already won a reputation for choral excellence. They also get €3,500 in addition to a handsome trophy.

New Dublin Voices was founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in October 2005

Second prize and €2,000 went to the Koper Music School Girls' Choir from Slovenia, while Harland Chamber Choir  from Sweden were placed third and took away €1,000 with them to the other side of the Baltic Sea.

Latvia's own Nora Vitina was named best conductor.

The competition is hosted by the city of Jurmala takes place at the recently renevated historic Small Hall of the Dzintari Concert Hall which is one of the most popular concert venues in Latvia and particularly suited for vocal music.

12 choirs from 8 different countries participated, including 3 from Latvia in a competition lasting for 3 days.

The performances were judged by an international jury chaired by choir and orchestra conductor Brady Allred from the United States.

"I always try to look for what we call the essence of the composition, what is the emotional essence of this material, and how we can feel sound and color of the performance, the intonation - all put together to really touch the hearts of people," Allred said.

And if you would like to feast your ears on the grand final of this year's competition, yuo can do so below.

 

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