Pelēcis. Plakidis. Kamēr...

On December 1st, the newest album by Youth Choir Kamēr…, “Pelēcis. Plakidis. Kamēr…”, is being released in honor of the 70th birthdays of Georgs Pelēcis and Pēteris Plakidis. Kamēr… celebrated both composers in person with a selection of the composers’ greatest choral works in a May concert at Old St. Gertrude’s Church in Riga; to end the year, the concert programme has been immortalised in a new album. Audience members will be able to see and hear the album at the release concert on Sunday, December 10th at 19:30 in St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Riga ().

Youth Choir Kamēr… has earned a victory in the 63rd International Habaneras and Polyphony Competition, which took place from the 17th to the 23rd of July in Torrevieja, Spain. In total, the choir won four prizes: winner in the Polyphony category, 2nd place in the Habanera category, as well as two special jury prizes, with Kamēr… artistic director Jānis Liepiņš winning Best Conductor of the Competition, and G. Jackson’s folk song arrangement, “Neviens Putnis Tā Nepūta,” written for the choir, winning Best Performance of a Polyphonic Song of the Region of Origin of the Choir.

Performing three habaneras by Spanish composers as well as E. Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” and G. Jackson’s opus, the choir gained the recognition of the audience and jury in both of the competition’s categories. The jury appreciated the choir’s artistic and technical quality, youthful sound and nuanced phrasing. Youth Choir Kamēr… is the only choir from Latvia and Northern Europe that has been able to attain this level of success in the competition over the last 20 years.

“I am pleased with the choir’s achievements and ability to adapt to the sound and temperament of habaneras, which is uncharacteristic of the Latvian mentality, and which, until now, has been the biggest obstacle in this competition for groups from Latvia,” says the choir’s artistic director, Jānis Liepiņš. “The competition’s unusual conditions - performing late at night, and on an open-air stage - were an extra test for all the participants; however, our singers dealt with this successfully.”

Youth Choir Kamēr… will begin their next season by participating in the “Homo Novus” art festival and with auditions for new singers on the 28th and 29th of August.

We're happy to announce a concert to celebrate the anniversaries of two great Latvian composers, Pēteris Plakidis and Georgs Pelēcis. It will take place on 21st May 2017, 7 PM at the Old St. Gertrude's Church in Riga.

Latvian Youth Choir "Kamēr...", conducted by Jānis Liepiņš, has won the V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition held in the Helsinki Music Centre on September 23rd and 24th 2016.

The winning choir was awarded a prize of 10 000 euros. New Dublin Voices, conducted by Bernie Sherlock, was awarded the second prize of 7 000 euros.

The third prize of the competition, 4 000 euros, was divided between two choirs: Estonian Collegium Musicale (conducted by Endrik Üksvärav) and Swedish St. Jacobs Ungdomskör (conducted by Mikael Wedar).

V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition is organized by the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Pension Insurance Company Elo is the main cooperative partner of the competition. The jury consists of Fredrik Malmberg (Sweden), Ko Matsushita (Japan), Daniel Reuss (Germany), Marjukka Riihimäki (Finland) and Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Finland).

/Source: organizers of the competition/

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