2019 World Choral Conducting Competition
11 – 15 July 2019 | Hong Kong
Official Competition Choir
Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir
Founders and Artistic Directors:
Prof. Ragnar RASMUSSEN & Prof. Ursa LAH
The Utopia & Reality Chamber Choir is a versatile and international choir established in 2011. Their members comprise of talented young singers from different countries to perform contemporary choral music on a high artistic level.
In addition to their upcoming Residency at the 2019 World Youth & Children’s Choir Festival – Hong Kong (which follows the Conducting Competition), the Choir was invited to perform at a number of international festivals including Musical Evenings (Piran, Slovenia, Jul 2011), International Choral Festival “VOCE!” (Bosco Chiesanuova, Jul 2013), “Concerti nel Chiostro” (Verona, Italy, Jul 2013), The Nordlysfestivalen (Tromsø, Norway, (Jan 2014), The 12th China International Choral Festival (Beijing, China, Aug 2014), The 2nd City of Derry International Choral Festival (Oct 2014).
The Choir was then invited as “Artist in Residence” for The 3rd City of Derry International Choral Festival and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland organized a tour for the choir in Northern Ireland in October 2015. In 2016 the choir was guest of the concert cycles of Glasbena Matica in Ljubljana and of Simfonic Voices in Koper. In 2017 the choir was invited to perform an evening concert in Mariinsky Theathre in St. Pétersburg in the frame of the II. Festival Maslenitsa in Song and was also “the choir in residence” at the International Choral Festival in Preveza, Greece.
The Choir has also been invited to make a number of recordings, most notably with the publisher Cantando Musikkforlag.