Publish Date: 23.07.2010

Category: News from the University

At the 28th international choir festival in the Catalonian town of Cantonigros, the University of Ljubljana Tone Tomšič Academic Choir took two second places, with only the Filipino choir placing higher than them.

 "I am very pleased that we did so well and beat such world-famous competition. We were truly united in this contest, we performed as one and succeeded in establishing direct contact with the audience,” said Choirmaster Sebastijan Vrhovnik.

They received one silver medal for their performance of a sacred composition and the other for their performance of traditional folk music. The singers in our choir performed works by Jacobus Gallus, Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn, Alfred Šnitke, Francis Poulenc and Nana Forte.

 The University of Ljubljana Chancellor Prof. Stane Pejovnik, PhD, congratulated the choir on their success. “I would like to congratulate them on this great achievement on behalf of the University of Ljubljana and on my own behalf. We are proud that the choir bearing the name of our university is one of the best choirs in the world. I hope that this is just one in a long line of past and future successes. Keep it up, boys and girls!” 
According to the Večer newspaper, the international jury (Josep Vila, Arne Hadland, Eva Kollar and Andrea Angelini) was very enthusiastic about our singers. In their exposition, they wrote that the choir’s performance was distinguished by its carefully chosen programme, which allowed the choir to demonstrate the full range of its abilities. The jury particularly commended the choir’s well-rounded sound. 
In the coming days, the singers will continue their tour of Catalonia, starting with a concert in the church of St. Anna in Barcelona, where they will appear with the renowned guitarist Alen Garagič. One of the compositions they will perform together is “Romancero Gitano”, composed by Mario Castelnuovo and on a text by Federico Garcia Lorca.