The UK’s first ever non-competitive youth singing festival will be held in Worcester on 19-27 July, when 11 choirs from nine different countries will descend on the town.
The Worcester International Festival for Young Singers (WIFYS) will see choirs from Belgium, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hong Kong, Germany, Lithuania and the UK giving concerts across the town and surrounding areas, culminating in a gala concert at Worcester Cathedral (26 May) – the programme for which will include the world premiere of a new work by Bob Chilcott, Five Days that Changed the World, which will involve all 400 9-25-year-old singers.
The competition is organised by Sing UK with the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat, which has for 60 years been running pan-European singing events in the hope of creating ‘a more peaceful world through the bringing together of young people in the universal language of music’.
During the week of the festival, each visiting choir will have the opportunity to present one concert in a church in Worcester and one in a town or village elsewhere in the area. Choirs will also sing at church services in the area on the Sunday morning of 21 July.
Tickets for the welcome and gala concerts via Worcester Live Box Office: 01905 611427. Full listings of concerts in local churches available online.