Nr. 01 - 2008

Newsletter 1-2008

Contact persons world wide
Stuart Wainwright,” Applegarth",4 Meadow Lane, LE67 4DL, Coalville Leicestershire,
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New Zealand
Lynda Hunter. 26 Orr Cres. NZ Lower Hutt, E-Mail:

Ursula Eichlinger, Nobelstr. 17, 85055 Ingolstadt Tel.: 0841/58888

Joan Lam, 1130 Via Paraiso, Salinas, CA 93901, USA, Phone/fax: 0831 7584197

Meredith Towan. 55 David street, VIC-3188, HAMPTON
Fax/phone: 03 95984283

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Cancellation rules:
From WFC you can order cancellation insurance for travellers in case of illness before departure.
This is valued for you, your wife/husband and children, in case of illness before departure.
WFC will keep:
Participation fee, Membership fee, Course fee, Cancellation insurance fee and Deposit
Confirmation from a doctor is requested.

General cancellation rules.
WFC will keep: Participation fee, Membership fee, Course fee, and Deposit
40 days before departure WFC keeps 100% of the price of the journey.
80 days before departure WFC keeps 75% of the price of the journey.
120 days before departure WFC keep 50% of the price of the journey

Now is the time to pay membership fee 2008

If you have already paid, please forget this reminder.


No: 1 2008

New plans:
Moscow/St. Petersburg
Lithuania 1000 years old and
Vilnius – The European Culture City - 2009

Account numbers:
Great Britain: HSBC Bank PLC 40-05-18 Account no 911 85675
Germany: Stadtsparekasse, München, BLZ 701 50000 Account no: 12-240636
IBAN: DE68 7015 0000 0012 2406 36
Australia/NZ: ANZ - BGL Account no 013-338 2586-79495
USA: P.O.Box , 223247, Carmel CA 93922

Please mark all your payment with your membership number and what the payment is about.
Please do not send us any cheque!:
For payment to our account in Norway you will need this information:

World Festival Choir
Brentåsveien 21
3229 Sandefjord, Norway

IBAN: NO322440 09 56878 / BIC: DNBANOKK

0021 Oslo, Norway

Hello everybody.

A new year with a lot of singing and rehearsing has begun. We are working on many very interesting projects. The first project coming up is the 2 concerts in Russia in September this year. This is a huge project that involves time-consuming investigations and planning, but so exciting! Some of us have performed with WFC in St. Petersburg before, but singing in Moscow is new for all of us. I have visited both these cities several times by planning these concerts, and I am equal impressed of both cities. They have both a lot to offer, both sights and experiences.

I suppose rehearsing the Verdi’s Requiem has begun, both alone and together with your groups. It is important to know the musical piece well before arriving in Russia. We have no extra time to spend learning the piece there. The conductor is just doing the final rehearsals to help the choir, the soloists and the orchestra to cooperate, and to make the best sound.

As you can see we are arranging a choir seminar in Karlstad, Sweden from the 6th to the 8th of June. Verdi’s Requiem is also here on our rehearsal schedule. These seminars are very popular, and both singers going on the Russian Tour and other singers are attending.
Even though the trip is long for most of you, you are all invited to come to Karlstad for this seminar. Air tickets have become quite reasonable the last years.

Best wishes Jan

In addition to the concerts in Russia, we are working on several other projects for the future years. We must have something to offer you after the Russian Tour.
We have contacted different arenas, orchestras and conductors to cooperate with, but only a few of these projects end with a signed contract.
At present time we are cooperating with Turkey and Rumania hoping to arrange concerts there. Lithuania is celebrating its 1000 years´ celebration in 2009, and Vilnius, the capitol of Lithuania ,is by the European Union elected to be the European Culture City in 2009 with lots of cultural events the whole year through. The contract is still not signed, but there have been many discussions between WFC and the local arranging committee. Hopefully the discussions will give a positive result. Last but no least, many of our European singers wish again to do a concert tour to Australia. This is early in the planning process and we have no information to give you now. We hope we can do this in the near future. Mr. Jan Jensen must do some more research - trips to the different countries first. We must wait and see, but first comes the Russian Tour!

We are all very much looking forward to the upcoming Russian Tour. We have got lots of interest from our members, and we have been forced to set up a waiting list. The singers on the waiting list are singing at the concert in St. Petersburg for sure, but we cannot guarantee there is space for them at the stage in Moscow. The size of the stage might be a problem. We will know in the beginning of March when Mr. Jan Jensen visits the concert hall in Moscow again. Then we will know the size of the stage and the exact number of singers to be on the stage. We wish, of course, that everyone can attend both concerts, but we have to be patient. Those of you on the waiting list will get a message when Mr. Jan Jensen arrives from Moscow. At the same we will also send you a sightseeing offer for both St. Petersburg and Moscow.
In St. Petersburg we will all stay at the Hotel Moscow:
The hotel is located at the Newsky Prospect towards the river Neva. In Moscow it is not yet settled. We will come back with the name and address of the hotel.
About 300 persons will come with us to Russia of whom 225 singers. The stage in the concert hall in St. Petersburg was very narrow last time, but it has been restored and made 2 meters deeper since then.
Many of our loyal members are attending this tour, too. In addition to them we have got many new singers. Exciting! Normally the majority of our singers come from Scandinavia and only a few singers from all the other countries. This time we have 95 singers from the rest of the world.
63 persons from Australia and 12 singers from New Zealand. Fantastic!
The rest of the singers come from Norway Denmark, Sweden, USA, England, Germany, Switzerland, France and Holland. An interesting assembly of people from all over the world.
We are looking forward to getting to know you all!

According to the Russian Embassy in Oslo, we have to wait until 3 months before arriving in Russia to ask for a visa. Not earlier. You will soon get an invitation and an application form you can bring to the Embassy together with your passport and picture to get a visa.

Maestro Alexander Dmitriev, the Norwegian Conductor, Vesta Zabulioniene and
Mr. Jan Jensen at the Party after the concert in St. Petersburg - 2005

How to apply to the weekend seminar?
No application form!!
Do your payment to one of WFC accounts and mark the payment:

Choir seminar in Karlstad:
That will be your application.
(Please send a copy of your payment to us)
Choir seminar in Sweden

06.06.08 17.00 Check in
18.00 Rehearsal
22.00 Dinner

07.06.08 08.00 Breakfast
10.00 Rehearsal
12.30 Lunch
14.00 - 18.00 Rehearsal
20.00 Dinner

08.06.08 08.00 Breakfast
09.00 - 13.00 Rehearsal
13.15 Departure

Costs: Euro 175.-
Addition for single room: Euro 55,-

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