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English Newsletter 1 2006


No: 1 2006

New plans:
Rehearsals in the desert.
Concert by the Pyramids and in Alexandria
Olympic games –China 2008

Account numbers:
Great Britain: HSBC Bank PLC 40-05-18 Account no 911 85675
Germany: Stadtsparekasse, München, BLZ 701 50000 Account no: 12-240636
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 checks!:

Gävle 2005
The concert in Gävle is now history, and we have many new and good memories from another successful concert. As many of you already know, we had this time many cancellations from conductor and soloists. It all started when Charles Farncombe collapsed and was hospitalised the night before departure to Gävle. All phones at the office in Sandefjord got hot that morning at the attempt to get in touch with a substitute conductor that short time before the concert. At last, Jan was lucky and got a positive answer from Petras Bingelis from Kaunas, Lithuania, who managed to postpone an already planed performance and said yes to step in for Charles Farncombe. We already know Petras Bingelis from our concert in Kaunas that he conducted, and we felt secure that the concert would be good. Petras Bingelis is an extreme intense conductor who has conducted The Messiah for many, many years. Relieved to know that the problem was solved, we went to Gävle. The same afternoon we got the message from Neil Makie.
ie that he was ill too. He recommended Jan to get in touch with one of his students, Sean Clayton, a talented young man of 25. So we did, and we did not regret that decision... Sean Clayton has a voice smooth as butter, and he impressed everyone.
Then finally, the day before the concert, the soprano got ill. Again, after many, many phone calls, Jan decided to engage Christina Högman. She is specialized in singing the Messiah, and is performing this piece many times every year. She has also worked together with the bas, Olle person many times. The concert was a success. The newspaper reviews were very good. After the concert, there was a party at Scandic Gävle hotel with lots of good food in a relaxed atmosphere. Everyone was received with a nice glass of wine, and we celebrated the 20 years anniversary of the choir. There was a buffet of lots of cold and warm dishes, and everyone was satisfied with the party.
The chairman of the board of WFC, Svein Egil Andresen, gave a spiritual speech talking about the history of WFC and its many concerts. The honourable member, Unni Bodin, was invited too, which rejoiced many of the singers. She participated in starting WFC in 1985. At that time the choir was huge. Unni and all other members have collected many memorable moments throughout the history of WFC.

WFC had a board meeting in Gävle too. Every year a representative of the singers is elected, and she was presented at the party. Her name is Ulla Ungermark, and she comes from Stockholm. Unfortunately she could not come to the party, but many of you know her from her participation at many concerts around the world. At the anniversary party, 14 people who also participated at WFCs 1st. concert in 1985 were presented with a bottle of Champagne. At that time the choir was called The Messiah choir- Vestfold. The party lasted until the early morning. It is always fun to meet nice friends, and difficult to part. All singers left Gävle early the next morning. Our opinion is that, in spite of its difficult start, we did a good concert, and the stay in Gävle was successful. Finally we will wish you all a happy New Year.

Weekend seminar in Karlstad, Elite Stadshotellet,
10/3 – 12/3
As you see on the brochure, we are now starting rehearsels to perform the Grand Opera Music, and the groups in Norway Sweden and Denmark will start their courses in February.
Before the trip to Egypt, we had 2 weekend seminars in Karlstad, Sweden,. These seminars were so popular and productive, that we have decided to do the same again. We have arranged a seminar from March 10th to March 12th. We have not arranged any transport to Karlstad, but by flying Ryanair, you can possibly get there for a reasonable price. As you can see, we have managed to get a reasonable price for this seminar.

Seminar fee Euro 165
Includes rehearsals:
Friday afternoon/evening
Saturday, all day
Sunday morning,
2 nights stay in a double room, 2 breakfasts,
1 lunch
2 dinners

For a single room:
Additional costs Euro 55

Singers who will not go to Budapest in November is also invited to participate at the seminar.
If you are interested, please pay the seminar fee into our account in your country.
See page 1.

NB! The payment will be considered as an Application!!
Do the payment, preferably within January 28th.
Please mark the payment, “Weekend seminar!”

Budapest 2006
Our next big concert will take place in Budapest, November 29th 2006, in The Palace of Art. This Concert Hall is brand new, opened March 1st 2005 and is just fantastic. As you see on the Application form, you can choose between 4 different alternatives for staying in Budapest, from 4 to 9 days. The hosts in the Palace of Art have especially asked for Grand Opera Rehearsal will be arranged in the cities with enough participants. Some of the “Old” repertoire (thing we have done before) we wish to use again, but we will also use some pieces we have not done before. So this will be exciting for everyone. Just send us your Application Form now!
For singers living in Europe, this will be a good opportunity to participate in a concert “in
Contact persons world wide
Stuart Wainwright,” Applegarth",4 Meadow Lane, LE67 4DL, Coalville Leichestershire,
Great Britain. E-mail:

David Maxwell,6, Fairview Green, Dublin 3, Ireland
Phone no. +353 18339159,

New Zealand
Lynda Hunter. 26 Orr Cres. NZ Lower Hutt,E-mail:

Andrea Cobre, Herzogstr. 54 D-80803 München Phone no: 029088127

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

World Festival Choir, Phone no: +47 33426060
Postboks 2018 Fax no: +47 33426061
3202 Sandefjord E-mail:
Norway Internett:

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 insurence fee,Deposite
Confirmation from a doctor is requested.
General Cancellation rules.
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 2006
$ 50- £ 30- AUD 90- EURO 50

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