Festival 500 Sharing the Voices

St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Festival 500 Sharing the Voices is a celebrated international festival of choral music bringing together singers, conductors, scholars and choirs from all over the world and featuring over 40 concerts in St Johns.

The gala opening of Festival 500 in 1997 was attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. After such an auspicious start, the festival has grown in leaps and bounds to become the highly successful and most highly respected festival of its kind.

Attracting renowned musicians and celebrated choirs from more than 35 countries, Festival 500 has five main aspects, the most highlighted of which is the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium.

Addressing a number of issues concerning voices and singing, the Symposium attracts scholars and musicians from around the world to take part in debate and in forums about the artistic, physiological, cultural, sociological, historical, pedagogical, psychological, and creative aspects of the art form.

Other features of Festival 500 include another academic symposium presented by both Festival 500 and Memorial University, the Western Region festival at Corner Brook, the Labrador Festival at Happy Valley-Goose Bay,  two Rural Outreach concerts and the St John's festival.

Apart from the workshops and master-classes, the invited choirs spend their days providing free performances in various locations about the city. Concerts in the Afternoon and The World of Music concert series both feature up to four choirs performing individually and as a group led by one of the invited conductors.

The highlight of Festival 500 is the Grande Finale concert held at Mile One Centre, a sports and entertainment centre in downtown St John’s, in which massed choir presentations are supported by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about Festival 500 visit the official web site at http://www.festival500.com

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