A Voyage of Songs: International Choral Festival
Since its humble beginnings at Genting Highlands, Malaysia in December 2003, A VOYAGE OF SONGS International Choral Festival (AVOS) has grown to become one of the region’s leading choral competitions and attracted choirs from all over the world. To date, AVOS has hosted more than 7,000 choristers from countries in the region such as Indonesia and The Philippines, as well as many who have travelled from Africa and Europe.
As part of the programme, participants engage in musical and cultural exchanges with clinicians and choirs from other countries. Since its inception, the biannual AVOS has been held in Shah Alam (Malaysia), Pattaya (Thailand), Penang (Malaysia), Zhuhai (China) and Bangkok (Thailand).
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Konzert & Fortune Travel proudly presents the 7th A VOYAGE OF SONGS, International Choral Festival, to be held on 26th – 29th November 2015 in Penang, Malaysia.
This festival was first held in Genting Highlands (Malaysia) in 2003, Shah Alam (Malaysia) in 2005, Pattaya (Thailand) in 2007, Penang (Malaysia) in 2009, Zhuhai (China) in 2011 and Bangkok (Thailand) in 2013. All 6 festivals took place successfully with more than 7000 participants from all over the world gathering to compete in one of the premier choral festival in Asia-Pacific.
The objective of the festival is to promote greater appreciation of choral music, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, through an exchange of music and culture between choristers from different countries and the various judges. This would strengthen the choral movement in the region and establish friendships among the participants.
To celebrate its success for being one of Asia-Pacific’s premier choral festival, the Grand Prize winner of the 7th A VOYAGE OF SONGS will receive a special cash prize of SGD 5000.
Award winning choirs like the Cantamus Girls Choir (UK), Estonian TV Children’s Choir (Estonia), Novo Concertante Manila (Philippines), Victoria Junior College Choir (Singapore), Tianjing University Beiyang Chorus (CN), The Australia Voices Ensemble (Australia), St. Stephen’s Girls College Choir (Hong Kong), Taipei Philharmonic Children’s Choir (Taiwan), Karangturi Choir (Indonesia) and many more have already participated in previous instalments of A VOYAGE OF SONGS.
A Voyage of Songs 2015
Watch past years competition videos
A Voyage of Song 2013 - Thailand
Widely known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is one of Asia's most famous islands. Its natural beauty and exotic heritage have been attracting curious visitors for centuries. Penang or its Malay name of Pulau Pinang is made up of a turtle-shaped island and a strip of land called Seberang Prai on Peninsular Malaysia .
Penang today is very much an amalgam of the old and the new – a bustling port, a heritage city and a modern downtown. Perhaps it has more to offer per square mile than any other place in the world. Its capital, Georgetown was recently included as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, there you will see modern skyscrapers rise from one of Southeast Asia's largest collections of pre-war buildings.
You will find century-old church, a Chinese temple, an Indian temple, and a Muslim mosque all within a five-minute walk from one another. Likewise, tall urban structures stand beside the red-tiled roofs of Chinatown and "Little India" is just across the road, while the Malay kampongs lie just on the outskirts.