Two gold medals - this is how the UG Academic Choir ended up participating in the 3rd World Virtual Choir Festival 2021 in Indonesia, organised by the Bandung Choral Society.
Between April 30th and May 5th, 2021 the UG Academic Choir took part in the 3rd World Virtual Choir Festival 2021 in Indonesia, organised by the Bandung Choral Society. The event was extremely popular - it gathered over 100 participants (including 47 choirs) from 17 different countries.
The international jury awarded the UG Academic Choir:
- gold medal and 85.30 points in the Mixed Choir category under the direction of Marcin Tomczak
- gold medal and 81.55 points in the Non-virtual category under the direction of Aneta Majda
The results were announced via an online broadcast which can be viewed here.
The Academic Choir of the University of Gdansk is one of the most respected academic choirs in Poland. It has existed since 1971. During that time the ensemble has performed many times in Poland and abroad. It has also taken part in many prestigious music festivals, winning choral competitions in Busan in South Korea, Bremen in Germany and Xiamen in China. It has won top prizes and Grand Prix at competitions in Vienna, Vilnius, La Valetta /Malta/, Prague, Pardubice, Chojnice, Cracow and Ohrid in Macedonia, among others. The choir has also taken part in numerous concert tours (recently in Argentina, the Netherlands and Germany, Italy and Slovenia, and the Balkans). The ensemble has collaborated with the greatest stars of music: Krzysztof Penderecki, Ennio Morricone, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Leszek Możdżer, who on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Choir wrote for it a piece entitled 'Missa Gratiatoria', recorded on a CD. The choir's repertoire is extremely varied and includes classical music as well as jazz, pop and symphonic rock. It has made many recordings and its latest release is the album 'I'm goin' to sing' with negro spirituals. The conductor and artistic director of the Academic Choir of the University of Gdansk is professor Marcin Tomczak.