The Kaohsiung Chamber Choir (高雄市內合唱團) and the Taipei HuaShin Children's Chorus (台北華新兒童合唱團) will be joining the 11th Karuizawa International Choral Festival (KICF) in Japan on Aug. 22.
Launched in 2005 at the Japanese town of Karuizawa, KICF was inspired by the Choral Seminar, a session in Tokyo aimed at cultivating chorus singers in Japan. Over the past decade, KICF has invited many experienced choirs from Japan and other countries to participate in the concerts and workshops hosted by professional composers and conductors every summer.
Upon the invitation of KICF artistic director Ko Matsushita, the two Taiwanese choirs will perform on the second day of the 3-day festival, with Taipei HuaShin Children's Chorus presenting first. Directed by Chen Yun-hung (陳雲紅), the choir is one of the few children's choirs that is fully funded by the government. With roughly 160 members, the choir has received acclamation nationally and abroad for their excellent performance.
The Kaohsiung Chamber Choir led by Weng Chia-feng (翁佳芬) will perform later that evening. The choir is the only music ensemble outside Taipei supported by Ministry of Culture. Founded in 2002, the choir brings together many local music professionals to enhance the cultural life in southern Taiwan.
The annual festival gathers renowned choirs and artists for choral music appreciation. KICF hopes that by inviting ensembles from different countries, cross-border peace and understanding can be promoted through music.
‘Karuizawa International Choral Festival'