The competition in Prague.
20.02.2002

The choir representative tells about the competition in Prague.
Hello
The trip to Prague gave those of us who participated, many bright memories. A small amount of singers showed up at Arlanda Airport (Stockholm) in the early and grey November morning, and right away laughter sounded in the terminal.
In Copenhagen, several more singers arrived from Denmark and Norway, and by arrival in Prague, we where almost everyone there. Our friends from England and Germany had already arrived.

In Prague, Micaela our guide met with us , and helped us to find the rehearsing room, concert halls and so on. We should have received more information from the organiser earlier, but when we where there, things functioned very well.
43 choirs with approximately 2000 singers was participating in this competition. The choirs came from 15 countries, mostly from Europe. Most of the choirs came from Czeckia, but 2 choirs came from South Africa.

There were children's choirs, youth choirs and mixed choirs that was divided into groups for large choirs and small choirs.
This was the 11th competition, and the founder's name is Peter Eben gave a special reward in his name.
In addition to the competition, each choir had performances in different places in the town, and there was a common singing for all the choirs outdoors. When Silent Night was performed, the conductor invited all singers to sing in their own language. It felt special to stand in middle of a group where all singers were singing the same song in different languages.
Yes, we get to experience a lot together with WFC:
Some of the choirs only got a report, then came bronze, silver and gold medals, and of course Champion of the Competition that was given to a choir from South Africa. Gold meal , and the special EBEN reward was given to Mölndal Kammarkör from Gothenburg. Moss Kammarkor got a silver medal , and World Festival Choir got a bronze medal. That was very exciting and unexpected. Other choirs meet and rehearse regularly while we in WFC come from 7 different countries. We had our first common rehearsal the evening before the competition. Most of us meet in Karlstad for the one rehearsal we had this time. (1 1/2 day though) Looking at these conditions a bronze medal for WFC is very good. The jury assumed that WFC came from Norway, and we where judged just like the other choirs. The comments from the judges will be of great value for WFC way to develop a good quality. The critics from the judge from Holland is worth quoting.
The choir sing with zest. The potential of this choir is big, work on intonation and resonant sound production, and there will be no stop in your success.

WFCs strategy by having regularly rehearsal in all regions (Countries) and common rehearsals 3 days before a concert is necessary. That create conditions to do a successful concert. In addition, each singers have to do a lot of work rehearsing by themselves. Our experiences from Prague strengthen this .
We are now an "experience richer", and we will use this experience to get better. I believe that I speak for everyone who participated in Prague that this was an interesting and fun journey.
Now we must concentrate on the concerts in Portugal and the rehearsals towards that.
Hope to see you in Porto.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year with singing.
Ulla Stina Ryking

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