This year thirteen top choirs will participate in the International Choral Festivals CantaRode in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The choirs come from all parts of the world: from Canada to Congo and from Russia to Belgium. CantaRode takes place from 10 – 14 May in Kerkrade.
CantaRode International Choir Festival is held for the fourth time this year. The festival consists various elements, including a joint opening concert, a competition between eleven participating choirs, concerts by these and other choirs in the region, and a music festival, which has been given the name ‘Singshoppen, internationale singalong with CantaRode’.
The choirs that participate in the competition come from Belgium, Canada, Congo, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia. It concerns various types of chamber choirs. They are all amateur singers, who perform at an absolute top level. We are very glad that the winner of the previous CantaRode competition from 2015 – the choir of the Warsaw School of Economics – will return to Kerkrade to defend the title. The jury then spoke with special praise of these young Polish singers.
All other choirs are participating in CantaRode for the first time. Among the participants there is a number of university choirs. All choirs are led by highly renowned conductors. For the first time, a choir from Kerkrade is participating: an ensemble of the ‘Chevremonts Male Choir 1912’, which won two bronze medals last year during a competition in Germany and was one of the winners at the regional Limburgs Koorfestival in the Netherlands.
The choirs participating in the competition must sing during two competition days music from various style periods, plus a song from their country of origin. The jury consists five internationally renowned musicians. The competition of CantaRode takes place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May. The other concerts take place at various times in that weekend. Read more about the competition
The CantaRode 2018 program starts on Thursday 10 May (Ascension Day) with an opening concert in the more than 900-year-old church of Rolduc abbey. The opening concert is provided by the Choir Giocoso from Weert nearby Kerkrade, under the direction of Rita Scheffers. Giocoso is the winner of the regional ‘Limburg Choir Festival 2017’. All participating international choirs will also briefly present themselves musically during the opening concert.
The competition will take place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May in the brandnew Parkstad Limburg Theater ‘Hub.’ in Kerkrade. On Friday evening, the choirs perform various concerts in the region. There are performances in the towns of Wittem, Landgraaf, Schimmert and Herzogenrath (Germany), which are all in the neighbourhood of Kerkrade. Read more about the concerts
On Saturday evening, a music festival for a wide audience takes place in Rolduc Abbey. This is an open stage where, according to the formula of the regionally known ‘singalong’ (singing at the bar), popular music can be sung by all those present. In addition, the choirs present will also perform typical folk music from their own country.
On Sunday afternoon there are two special activities: the final concert and a meeting between conductors and the jury during the workshop ‘Conductors meet the jury’. This interactive meeting is not only intended for the conductors of the participating choirs, but for all conductors, board members and lovers of choral music. The judges of CantaRode then give their views on the development of choral music in general and the works performed during CantaRode in particular. Read more about the jury
The festival ends on Sunday afternoon with a final concert. The announcement of the prize winners will also take place during that concert. The final concert is provided by the well-known youth choir Tutta Musica under the direction of Petra Lamberts. On Monday, May 14, all participating choirs will return home.
For the opening and closing concert on 10 and 13 May tickets can be reserved for ten euros via the e-amail of CantaRode or at the concert. At the competition on 11 and 12 May in the ‘Parkstad Limburgtheater Hub.’ public is also welcome. Tickets for this cost also ten euros. For the concerts in the region, the entrance fee varies per location.
CantaRode International Choir Festival is an initiative of the CantaRode foundation from Kerkrade. The artistic direction of CantaRode is in the hands of conductor and musician Dion Ritten. The presentation of the event is in the hands of Jeroen Schrijner, director of the Zürcher Singakademie in Zwitsterland. CantaRode is made possible thanks to a financial contribution from, among others, the municipality of Kerkrade.