The 6th Singapore International Choral Festival, held in the bustling modern metropolis of Singapore from 1 – 4 August 2019.
Over the four days, choristers will get to perform at some of the most emblematic, cultural and historical venues in Singapore and there is nothing better than choral music to bind a community and serve as a bridge between generations.
Under the artistic direction of Singapore Cultural Medallion recipient Ms Jennifer Tham of Singapore, this festival brings together an international panel of choral clinicians to lend their experience and guidance to participants through their choral journey.
In addition to this, the festival has partnered with the Bali International Choir Festival of Indonesia and the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival of Philippines to start the Asia Grand Prix of Choral Singing. Grand Prix winners of each festival will be invited to participate in the 2nd Asia Grand Prix of Choral Singing which will be hosted in rotation by the participating festivals.
Grand Prix Concert
Sunday, 4 August 2019 | 7.30pm @Esplanade Concert Hall
Grand Prix Finalists will be selected at the discretion of the jury, and will take place on 4 August 2019 at the Esplanade Concert Hall.
Grand Prix Finalists will be ranked based on their performance and the choir with the highest average rank among the panel will be awarded Grand Prix Champion and a cash prize of SGD$5,000. The SICF Grand Prix Champion will also qualify for the 2nd Asia Grand Prix for Choral Singing to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2021. The champions of each of the following qualifying festivals will vie for the highest accolade in the Asian choral festival circuit: Singapore International Choral Festival, Bali International Choral Festival and the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.
Choral Directors' Reception
The Choral Directors’ Reception is only open to the conductor and one other representative to attend. This event provides an opportunity for participating choirs to network and interact with other choir representatives as well as the jury. The event will be held over a cocktail reception.
Meet-the Jury Session
This session allows the Jury to provide valuable feedback, advice and tips for the conductors post-competition – a perfect platform for conductors and choirs to learn and improve. The session is conducted in seminar style where conductors of the same category will meet selected jury from who adjudicated them and provide feedback for improvement.
Individual Choral Clinics
Choirs can sign up for a choral clinic, where a member of the SICF adjudication panel will work with individual choirs on selected competition repertoire. Clinicians will share their musical knowledge and know-how, suggesting areas for improvement and development.
The organisers will tie-up with various partners to provide outreach performance venues for the choirs. This usually involves a 10-15 minutes performance to locals and/or tourists at the venues, providing a platform to share your culture and music with Singapore.
SICF Choral Exchange
Started in 2016, the SICF Choral Exchange is a unique and fun programme facilitated by local Singaporean conductors with their choirs. Come join us for two-hour session of singing and sharing amongst other participants of the festival. Each exchange typically involves 3 to 4 participating choirs of SICF together with a local choir host.