THE PARTICIPANTS OF V INTERNATIONAL ST. JAMES FESTIVAL
Mosaic is a lively group of singers based in Woking, although we travel from all over Surrey, Hampshire and London for rehearsals. Our blend of musical expertise, ranging from music graduates, ex-Cathedral choristers, operatic soloists, to members of dance bands and highly experienced choral singers, enables us to perform music from a wide range of genres.
Mosaic aims not only to perform to a high standard but also to entertain our audiences. We sing music from Renaissance to the present day, both secular and sacred. Composers range from Tallis to Tavener, Bizet to The Beatles and beyond. In addition our concerts are often interspersed with vocal and instrumental solos performed by some of the talented musicians in the group.
Schola Cantorum has had high ambitions throughout its existence. The chamber choir has built an international reputation and made a trademark of including newly written music in its programmes. Today Schola Cantorum is one of the leading chamber choirs in Norway. Almost all choir singers have higher music education.
The choir’s purpose is to work towards as high an artistic level as possible for an amateur choir. Founder Knut Nystedt (1915-2014) started Schola Cantorum at the music department of the University of Oslo in 1964. His own music became a vital element of Schola Cantorum’s repertoire.
Tone Bianca Sparre Dahl has been Schola Cantorums conductor since 2002 and was also director of the Norwegian Student Choral Society for a period. Tone is currently an Associate professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music and teaches at the music department of the Waldorf School in Oslo. She regularly receives invitations to appear as a guest conductor and seminar holder in Norway and abroad. She is a treasured speaker on the subjects of communication and choral work, and has written a book on these subjects: The Choir. Singing – Leading – Communicating.
Šiauliai boys’ and youth choir Dagilėlis is one of the most prominent groups performing in this genre in Lithuania. Dagilėlis annually organises dozens of concerts. Hundreds of people in the audience applaud the choir in various Lithuanian and foreign concert halls. Young singers enchant the hearts of the audience with emotional performance, delight them with excellently performed music and clear voices. The contribution of Dagilėlis choir into the culture of Šiauliai and life of Lithuania, cherishing of the traditions of choral singing, and representation of the Lithuanian choral art abroad is awarded by the letters of acknowledgement of the Presidents of the Republic of Lithuania, diplomas, nominations by the Lithuanian Folk Culture Centre and the World Lithuanian Song Festival Fund Golden Bird (Aukso Paukštė). The choir received the “Our name- Lithuania” special award for fostering the traditions of the Lithuanian Song Festivals, which is included on the UNESCO list of non-material heritage.
In 1990, Šiauliai boys’ and youth choir Dagilėlis was created and is currently directed by Remigijus Adomaitis. Dagilėlis promotes the name of Lithuania in the prestigious concert halls in Europe, United States of America and China. This is the only Lithuanian group, which performed in the State Hermitage of Saint Petersburg (Russia), Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden (Germany), Kimmel Centre for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia (United States of America), famous Maria Laach Abbey (Germany), and the prestigious Beijing Grand Hall of the People (China).
Last year, Šiauliai state chamber choir Polifonija celebrated its 40th year of existence, and is one of the oldest professional choirs in Lithuania. It developed from a vocal ancient music ensemble founded by conductor Sigitas Vaičiulionis. Later the choir was named Polifonija and received the status of a professional group. Since 2011, the group is directed by Tomas Ambrozaitis.
Broad repertoire of the choir includes compositions from the Renaissance to the present day music. The choir performed with the Lithuanian National and State Symphony Orchestras, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Klaipėda State Music Theatre and Chamber Orchestra, Vilnius Sinfonietta, the Orchestra of Lithuanian Armed Forces, the State Wind Instrument Orchestra Trimitas, the State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus, Lvov Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), as well as with such ensembles as Musica Humana, Academy of Ancient Music (Russia), and other prominent music groups.
The state wind instrument orchestra Trimitas is the flagman of the Lithuanian wind orchestras going through its 59th season. The orchestra cooperates with the famous Lithuanian and foreign performers, composers and conductors ensuring the highest performance level, culture and traditions of wind music performances. This is a versatile group performing classical, modern, sacral, popular, jazz compositions, and works of the world and national composers. Director – Deividas Staponkus, principal conductor – Ugnius Vaiginis.