23rd Habaneras Youth Competition in Torrevieja

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THIS WEEK details were finalized for this year’s Habaneras Choral Competition, which wll take place on April 28th and 29th at the Town’s International Auditorium.

The competition, now in it’s 23rd year, will be truly international with choirs competing from Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia and Columbia. In addition representatives from Galicia, Andalucia,Valencia and Madrid will also take part.

Domingo Soler, Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Habaneras Patronage announced that the organisers were very happy with the standard of compettors this year. He said, “ The quality of the choirs competing this year shows that choral singing is in very good health “ He explained that choir members were all born in 1999 or afterwards and added “ Our competition is highly regarded and the choirs know, once selected they have a unique and responsible challenge. They all want to prove they have a place in the choral world where better to perform than Torrevieja, the cradle of the habanera “

The habanera is a form of popular dance music from Cuba, dating back to the 19th Century and all choirs must perform in one single performance, three habaneras with Spanish text, one of which is obligatory for all contestants. They must also sing a song of international repute from their own country as a free choice. After which, the jury comprising David Colado, Ruth Revert and Josu Elberdin, all well known names from the choral scene, will undertake the difficult task of choosing a winner.

Whilst the jury deliberated all the choirs will take to the stage to sing the obligatory Habanera ‘Entre Dos Mares’ in full unison.

The winning choir will receive a prize of 3000€, the runner up 2000€ and third place receives 1000€, plus they all get a trophy.

For more details on the full two day progamme and information on tickets call 96 571 55 79 or 96 670 77 15 or send an e-mail to francisco@habaneras.org

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