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History of the International Choir Days

Between May 12 and 16, 1988 the first International Choir Days took place in Mainhausen under the auspices of Dr. Walter Scheel, former President of the Federal Republic. The International Choir Competition did attract 12 children respectively youth choirs, 19 mixed choirs, 7 women choirs and 7 men choirs from 17 countries. The results were as follows:

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1988
                1. International Choir Days

Women choir

Name Country  
Czech Republic
2.  Chor Pardubice Czech R.
3.  Rodna pessen Haskovo Czech R.
     Canzona Prag Bulgaria
     Capella Caecilla Antwerpen Czech R.
     Sacre´ Choeur   oUppsala Belgium
ohne Wertung
Sweden
     IKIB Bandung Indonesia



Men choir

Name

Country

 

1.  Siegerländer Vocalensemble

Germany

2.  Lindenq Quartett Weimer Wallmerod

Germany

3.  Krakauer Akademischer Chor

Poland

     Cäcilia Lindenholzhausen

Germany

     Sacre´ Choeur Uppsala

Sweden

    ohne Wertung

Indonesia

     Männerchor Orpheus

Greece



Mixed choirs

Name

Country

 

Philippines

2.  Eskifaia Abesbatza Hondarribia

Spain

3.  Kammerchor Aleko Sofia

Bulgaria

3.  Kammerchor Cantemus Kaarst

Germany

     Sacré Chouer Uppsala

Sweden

     Akademischer Chor Pardubice

Czech R.

     Capella Caecillia Antwerpen

Belgium

     Rodna pessen Haskovo

Bulgaria
     Universitätschor Szeged Hungary
     Jerusalem Oratorio Choir Israel
     Oktett All Antico, Lódz Poland
     Jahász Gyula Tanárképzö Föiskola
     
Vegyeskara Szeged 
Hungary
     Heinrich Schütz Chor Aachen Germany
     Singgemeinschaft Neuburg Austria
     France Preseren Celje Slowenia
     Cantilena Odense Denmark
     Paul Hindemith Chor Seligenstadt Germany
ohne Wertung
     Videoton Chor Székesfehévár Hungary
     IKIP Bandung Indonesia
 
More guest than citizens did have Mainhausen that weekend was written in the well known Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in their May 17, 1988 issue. The national choir competition was running parallel and overall there were almost 100 choirs with about 5000 voices from 17 countries in Zellhausen that day. The winner’s concert alone did attract 1.500 persons and everybody was enthusiastic about the songs presented by the Siegerländer Vocalensemble, the wonderful voices in the women choir „Dzintars“ from Riga, Latvia and the marvelous „Concert Chorus of the University of the Philippines“ with a charming but almost professionally precise, show-like presentation. “Choir music at its best” wrote the press unisono.