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Round One – 12 July @ Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

  • 12 candidates
  • Each candidate has 20 mins in total with the Choir.
  • Within this time frame, this Round takes place in two parts.
  • The First Part is a performance of one of the following pieces without any rehearsal with the Choir. The jury will tell the candidate on the spot which piece they have to perform.

Repertoire of Round One, First Part:

  1. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847): Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe. Gloria
  2. Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998): The third Hymn from “Three Sacred Hymns”
  • The Second Part, which continues without a break after their performance of Mendelssohn/Schnittke, will take place in the form of a rehearsal and performance with the Choir. Candidates will draw lots on the arrival day (11/7) to decide which piece from the following list they will rehearse and perform with the Choir in this part. Candidates should rehearse this piece as good as they possibly can (i.e. to go deep into the music) and to perform it before the Second Part ends. Each piece will appear twice in the lots (i.e. each piece will only be conducted by two candidates).

Repertoire of Round One, Second Part:

  1. Knut Nystedt (1915-2014): Prayers of Kierkegaard
  2. Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016): Suite de Lorca
  3. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen? op. 74, No. 1
  4. Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951): Friede auf Erden op. 13
  5. Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc(1899–1963): O Magnum Mysterium
  6. György Ligeti (1923-2006): Éjszaka, Reggel
  • For the candidates who draw Nystedt, Rautavaara or Ligeti, they can decide which movement to work on and perform at the end of the session.
  • For the candidates who draw Schönberg, they can choose which section to work on and perform at the end of the session.
  • The results of this Round (i.e. candidates who will enter Round Two) will be announced in the evening of the same day.

 

Round Two – 13 July @ Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium

  • 6 candidates
  • Each candidate has 30 mins in total with the choir
  • Within this time frame, this Round takes place in three parts.
  • The First Part is a performance of one of the following pieces without any rehearsal with the Choir. The jury will tell the candidate on the spot which piece they have to perform.

Repertoire of Round Two, First Part:

  1. Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630): Dennoch bleibe ich stets an dir
  2. Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548 – 1611): O magnum mysterium
  • The Second Part, which continues without a break after their performance of Schein/Victoria, will be a performance of Vers 3 (Trotz, dem alten Drachen) and Fugue (Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich) from

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Jesu, meine Freude

  • The Third Part will take place in the form of a rehearsal and performance with the Choir. Candidates will draw lots on the previous day (12/7) to decide which piece from the following list they will rehearse and perform with the Choir in this part. Candidates should rehearse this piece as good as they possibly can (i.e. to go deep into the music) and to perform it before the Third Part ends. Each piece will appear twice in the lots (i.e. each piece will only be conducted by two candidates).

Repertoire of Round Two, Third Part:

  1. Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591): Gaudeamus omnes fideles
  2. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Zefiro torna e’l bel tempo rimena (á 5)
  3. Henry Purcell (1659–1695): Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • The results of this Round (i.e. candidates who will enter the Final Round) will be announced in the evening of the same day.

 

Final Round – 14 July @ Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall

  • 3 finalists
  • Each finalist will construct their own program (max. 20 mins) using pieces from the list below. The only requirement is that the program must contain the commissioned work by Zechariah GOH Toh Chai, which will be made available in March/April 2018.

Repertoire of Final Round:

  • Compulsory piece: New work by Zechariah GOH Toh Chai
  • Other pieces:
  1. Nana Forte (1981): Libera me
  2. James MacMillan (1959): Miserere
  3. Ko Matsushita (1962): Usquequo Domine
  4. Sven-David Sandström (1942): Credo
  5. Randall Stroope (1953): The Conversion of Saul

Each finalist has a 1-hour rehearsal with the Choir to prepare this program for the public performance which will take place at the Final Round of the competition.

  • The results of this Round will be announced shortly after the end of the performances.