Phl’s Adventist University Choir wins 2011 Choir of the WorldPosted on July 14th, 2011 under We are Pinoys!
The Philippine Adventist University Choir
The Adventist University Choir from The Philippines were crowned winners of the 2011 Choir of the World competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The renowned Pavarotti Trophy now heads to The Philippines for the second successive year.
The standard of competition at this year’s competition was higher than ever with the Adventist University Mixed Choir fending of competition from Choros Amici, England (Chamber Choir); Affinity Show Choir, England (Barbershop Choruses); Mansfield University Concert Choir, USA (Female Choir) and Wessex Choir, England (Male Choir).
Adventist University follow in the footsteps of their fellow countrymen and last year’s winners, University of Santo Tomas Singers of The Philippines.
Choros Amici of England claimed their place in the final despite finishing as runners-up in the Chamber Choir competition. The Chamber Choir winners, Adventist University, claimed the top spot in two competitions – the Chamber and Mixed choir competitions – which resulted in the English choir’s second chance.
Guest of honour Julian Lloyd Webber, one of the world’s leading cellist, also performed a selection of scores during the concert. Visitors at the Eisteddfod ground were also treated to an impromptu outdoor performance in the afternoon.
Since its introduction in 1987, the Choir of the World competition has become established as the highlight of the week. Winners of the Mixed, Chamber, Barbershop, Male and Female choirs during the week return to the stage in this classic one-off competition to determine who wins the honour and title of Choir of the World.
Past winners of the Choir of the World competition includes Stellenberg Girls Choir (South Africa), Cywair (Wales), Detroit Concert Choir (USA), New Zealand National Youth Choir (New Zealand) and Budapest University Choir (Hungary)
The Pavarotti Trophy is named after the great Italian tenor who competed on the Eisteddfod stage in 1955 when his choir from Modena won the Men’s Choir competition. In 2005, Luciano Pavarotti added his name to the Choir of the World competition.