The Jakarta Post
Indonesian choir group Batavia Madrigal Singer (BMS), led by conductor Avip Priatna, perform at the 51st Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain. (Courtesy of /The Resonanz)
Indonesian choir group Batavia Madrigal Singers (BMS), led by conductor Avip Priatna, have won the grand prize at the 51st Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain.
The competition, which ran from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, is considered one of the most prestigious choir contests in the world.
As first-prize winner, BMS will join the 32nd European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (EGP) in Debrecen, Hungary, on July 8, 2020.
In the Tolosa Choral Contest, BMS placed first in the Polyphony and the Basque and Popular Music categories. They also won the Audience Prize.
We are proud to announce that Batavia Madrigal Singers won the Grand Prix of 51st Tolosa Choral Contest 2019 and qualified as one of five finalists of the next year EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX FOR CHORAL SINGING 2020 that will be hosted by Debrecen, Hungary! Thank you for all the prayers and supports! ===== The European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (EGP) is the most prestigious choral competition in the world. It's an annual choral competition between the winners of six (five each year) European choral competitions. The EGP is open ONLY to the grand prize winners of the six member European choral competitions in the previous year. In other words, if a choir wins the grand prize in any of the six cities' choral competitions, it is eligible for the next year's EGP. Those competitions are: 1 Florilège Vocal de Tours - Tours, France 2. International May Choir Competition "Prof. G. Dimitrov" - Varna, Bulgaria 3. Béla Bartók International Choir Competition - Debrecen, Hungary (every even-year) 4. Gallus-Maribor International Choral Competition - Maribor, Slovenia (every odd-year) 5. Concorso Polifónico Guido d'Arezzo - Arezzo, Italy 6. Certamen Coral de Tolosa - Tolosa, Spain
Wearing traditional Indonesian attire, the BMS sang five songs in the Polyphony category, including "Buscando Mis Amores" by David Azurza, “Les Djinns” by Gabriel Fauré and "Fajar dan Senja II" by Indonesian composer Ken Steven.
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In the Basque and Popular Music category, BMS sang "Sixteen Tones" by Merle Travis, traditional Acehnese song "Bungong Jeumpa" and Queen’s "Don’t Stop Me Now".
“I am grateful for this achievement, which reflects the good mix of Indonesian talent with hard work, discipline, commitment and the support of many parties involved," Avip said in a release. "I hope this sort of endeavor will be supported by the government in the way the government supports sports."
Along with participating in the Tolosa competition, BMS had the opportunity to perform in several cities in Spain: Tafalla, Ordizia, Astilelro and Pamplona.
BMS singers come from different races, religions and professions. Their annual concert, Sanguinis Choraliensis, will be held on Nov. 17 at the Kertanegara Recital Hall on Jl. Kertanegara, South Jakarta. (gis/wng)
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