Text: Friederike Deichsler
Does successful communication imply a common language? To some extent, but that does not necessarily have to be German, English or French. If the vocal cords are used for singing instead of speaking, music can take on this mediatory role and people can quickly find themselves on the same wavelength. That has certainly been the experience of the Dresden Philharmonic Children’s Choir. And it is the reason why they invite guests from all over the world to visit them every two years. In the week of 25th April – 2nd May 2018, the seventh such international gathering will take place.
“It’s great that we are able to embrace this wide range of cultures,” says Kathrin Rosner, organiser of the International Children’s Choir Festival. The choir groups with the longest journeys ahead of them are probably Shumayela from Canada and the Tipfuxeni Youth Project from South Africa. Also on the invitation list are the Little Singers of Armenia, the children and teenagers of Tutarchela from Georgia and the Zvezdice children’s choir from Serbia. During festival week, the participants will be performing on stage and rehearsing new pieces.
A special composition for the festival
But the aspect of the festival that is perhaps most important for the youngsters themselves is the opportunity to explore the Saxon capital and to get to know each other. One of the regular features is a workshop in which the choir leaders teach a musical number from their own country to another choir.
The highlight will be the final concert on 1st May in the Frauenkirche, at which a work specially commissioned for the festival will receive its world premiere. This year’s composition is Journey of a Quiet Thought by Christoph Hiller.