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Youth Choirs in Movement


Bonn, Germany | 7 - 9/7/2017

Youth Choirs in Movement is an international children and youth choir festival which will take place in Bonn from the 7th to 9th of July 2017 for the fourth time. Young choirs meet in workshops and shared concerts and thus get to know each other through making music together. On Friday, there will be a choir-to-choir concert in the Emmauskirche in Heisterbacherrott as well as in the Otto-Kühne-Schule, on Saturday evening the big closing concert with all choirs will take place in the Bertoltd-Brecht-Gesamtschule in Tannenbusch.


This year the festival is held within the framework of a German-Russian choral exchange: the junior singers of the Schedrik choir under the direction of Pavel and Irina Brochin will host the Russian children's choir Svetlyachok from Moscow. The children and youth choir of the Opera of Bonn, led by Ekaterina Klewitz, from Moscow as well, will organize a shared workshop with the choir of the Ursulinenschule Hersel under the direction of Isabel Plate. They will host the vocal ensemble Nishni Nowgorod Boys Choir's Band.


One of the major underlying themes of the festival is the idea that choral music doesn't have to be stiff – but that movement and choreography play an essential part in modern choral work. This is mirrored in the thematic focus of the workshops: Pavel and Irina Brochin will stage a performance of folk songs from all over the world and incorporate choreography accordingly, whereas the workshop of Ekaterina Klewitz and Isabel Plate will show parts of a musical theatre version of Schubert's „Winterreise“ as well as a mix of contemporary pop songs.


For further information visit the Facebook page of the festival or contact Marlene Maier: ycim(at)europeanchoralassociation.org


Previous editions:


First pictures can be found in a Picasa album >> here, further pictures will be uploaded during the coming weeks.

A first Press Review with articles which were published in the Generalanzeiger Bonn during and after the festival can be found  >> here.  

Press Release on first performance of "The Mock Turtle's Song" at the festival >> here

Postcard with concert programme >> here
Poster with concerts >> here
Detailed programme booklet >> here


First information in the flyer >> here

For updates and sharing see the Facebook page >>here

The press release announcing the winner of the composition competition can be read >>here


Youth Choirs in Movement 3 2013 is part of the multiannual EU-funded project

VOICE – Vision on Innovation for Choral Music in Europe - see >> here.

2008 and 2010:

For information on previous editions 2008 and 2010 see >> here.

Download excerpts from the scores for the different ateliers >> here

Please note, these are incomplete scores in a password-protected .rar-file, since they should only serve, at the moment, to show the conductors of the participating choirs the level they can expect at the different ateliers. They can then indicate to the organisers or the Atelier conductors whether their choir would be able to perform all the works or whether some of the works might be too difficult for them.