APZ Tone Tomšič is one of just two choirs worldwide to have won the prestigious European Grand Prix twice, in 2002 and 2008. Last year they qualified once again and in August will try to win the Grand Prix for an historic and unprecedented third time. APZ Tone Tomšič is well known in Ireland as well, since one of their greatest achievements was winning First Prize at the 2011 the Cork International Choral Festival. The visit to Dublin is part of the choir’s last tour before attending the Grand Prix Final in Arezzo, Italy, in August.
Conducted by Sebastjan Vrhovnik, APZ Tone Tomšič’s Dublin programme offers a special opportunity to hear this superb choir in works they’ve prepared for the upcoming European Grand Prix Final, alongside contemporary choral pieces and Slovenian folk songs in beautiful arrangements.
Sharing the concert with APZ is New Dublin Voices who will present a programme of striking contrasts between great Renaissance masterpieces by Monteverdi and Victoria, and great contemporary pieces by some of Ireland’s very best living composers.
APZ Tone Tomšič is from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is one of the best amateur choirs in the world. Since its beginnings in 1926 APZ Tone Tomšič has been a guiding force in Slovenian choral singing, not only in performance and technique but also in programming. The choir’s repertoire includes works from all musical periods, while special attention is paid to modern choral music. Through commissions and competitions, APZ encourages Slovenian composers – both young and established – and gives first performances of their pieces to help further their recognition around the world as well as at home. The choir performs all over Slovenia, participates in vocal-instrumental projects, records pieces for Slovenian National Radio (RTV Slovenija), archives and organises educational seminars for choral conductors (with mentors Peter Hanke, Jesper Grove Jørgensen, Denmark and Ragnar Rasmussen, Norway).
New Dublin Voices, founded by its conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, is a leading Irish chamber choir famous for concert programmes that are fresh and innovative span a very wide range of style and period. NDV takes special pleasure in exploring the music of living composers, and is a regular prizewinner on the European circuit of elite choral competitions.
For more information about the event please contact Tilen Kranjc, moc.cjnarknelit@nelit , 085 230 2629.