I am glad to welcome the participants, guests and organizers of the 14th International Festival of Choral Art "The Singing World"!
Over the years, the festival has become an integral part of the cultural life of St. Petersburg. It is remarkable that there is a major international project in our city, addressed to the widest possible audience.
This year the festival will be attended by forty-two choirs from all over the world: from countries of central and eastern Europe to Taiwan. Various regions of Russia from Simferopol to Yakutsk are also widely represented.
Throughout its illustrious history the festival has done a lot for the promotion of choral art. It is an open platform for a professional dialogue between eminent conductors and composers, singers and teachers of choral disciplines, intellectuals from dozens of countries.
I am sure that this time the project will award the audience with an unforgettable celebration of performing art. Its guests will witness a colorful creative competition, a parade of young talent and experienced performers.
I sincerely wish "The Singing World" festival long life and prosperity, and its participants - new friendly contacts and the best of luck!
Chairman of the Committee on Culture
of St. Petersburg
Dear fans of choral music!
On behalf of the All-Russian Choral Society I cordially greet the organizers, participants and guests of the International Festival of Choral Art The Singing World!
In thirteen years your Festival has established itself as a bright, distinctive choir forum with an original and unique character.
It is gratifying to know that The Singing World has become a major musical event not only in the cultural life of the northern capital, but also a world-renowned choral festival, already having its own wonderful traditions. One of those is the Yuri Falik International competition of choirs and vocal ensembles held in St. Petersburg during the festival.
I am sure that the festival will contribute to the expansion of cultural cooperation, preservation of traditions and promotion of choral singing in Russia, or, following the name of the festival, the preservation of the Singing World in all its beauty. After all, choral singing is one of the most democratic and the most ancient forms of music.
I sincerely wish all the participants of the festival lots of inspiration and creative discoveries and the guests of this holiday of music - brilliant impressions from communion with the beautiful art!
Executive Director of the NP All-Russian Choral Society
Dear friends, admirers and enthusiasts of choral art!
It is great that another wonderful cultural tradition was born in our city and is now in full flourish: it is for the 14th time that St. Petersburg will welcome the guests and participants of the grand choral forum – INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL ‘THE SINGING WORLD’!
The best concert halls of St. Petersburg and its noble temples of many faiths will host foreign and local choirs and vocal ensembles singing the masterpieces of sacred, secular and folk music.
A distinguishing and very valuable feature of the Festival is the tradition of soirees of choral music by the composers from St. Petersburg. It is nice to know that the music by St. Petersburg authors will be played not only by Russian, but also by foreign participants of the Festival, proving that it is in demand in this world.
The coming Festival will traditionally be not a cordial union alone, but a contest. As part of the Festival there will also be the competition of choirs and vocal ensembles ‘The Singing World’ named in honor of Y. Falik – a composer from St. Petersburg, one of the luminaries of Russian choral music.
I sincerely wish everyone involved with ‘The Singing World’ Festival success, good luck, the best artistic experience and joy, inspiration from the contact with the sublime Art of Singing which, transgressing all boundaries, brings us together, makes us better, stronger, nobler.
Chairman of the Union of composers of St. Petersburg,
Art director of the "Petersburg musical spring" international festival,
Honoured artist of the Russian Federation,
The government of St. Petersburg award winner,
It is for the 14th time that we meet in hospitable St. Petersburg, the true cultural capital of Russia!
Each new meeting with the creative teams from different countries gives birth to the positive feelings of joy, a sense of belonging to art in the souls of the concert-goers who come to the festival performances. Numerous concerts in the best halls of St. Petersburg contribute to a truly festive atmosphere. Today, when the whole world is concerned about the issues of the crisis, the need for such festivals increases immensely.
As always, the festival nurtures great hopes of the listeners, organizers of the festival, the musical community of the city.
There is no doubt that the teams participating in the International Yuri Falik competition of choirs and vocal ensembles "The Singing World" will demonstrate a high quality of performing art, and passionate, devoted love of choral singing!
I sincerely wish the participants and guests clear skies during the festival, and the contestants – a real blaze of creative fire - and let the best ones win!
Chairman of the Jury of the 12th Yuri Falik International competition of choirs and vocal ensembles
"The Singing World", Head of the department of choral conducting of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Artistic Director of the students’ choir of the St. Petersburg Conservatory,
People's Artist of Russia, Professor