WORLD YOUTH CHOIR 2020
and National Youth Orchestra of Germany (BJO)
Please note that the audition period is now closed.
In the Summer of 2020, the World Youth Choir will have a special session in the frame of the festivities of the Beethoven Anniversary Year, joining the National Youth Orchestra of Germany – Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) - for a programme with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and a commission work by Tan Dun entitled Nine. The session will be a unique experience for the 80-100 young singers from around the world and for the audiences who will attend their high-quality concerts.
The rehearsal session will be hosted in Bonn from July 30th to August 7th, where the choir and orchestra will have time to work on the pieces both separately and as a combined ensemble. This will be an opportunity to not only make music together but also get to know musicians from other countries and discuss the impact of international cooperation projects on their professional development, through complementary networking activities which will be present in the programme.
Following the rehearsals, the World Youth Choir and National Youth Orchestra of Germany will go on an exciting international tour of concerts, featuring the World premiere of Tan Dun’s piece Nine:
08 Aug - Concert in Bonn, conducted by Tan Dun
09 Aug - Concert in Berlin, conducted by Tan Dun
10 Aug - Concert in Einbeck, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
11 Aug - Concert in Lübeck, conducted by Tan Dun
13 Aug - Concert in Amsterdam, conducted by Tan Dun
14 Aug - Concert in Wiesbaden, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
15 Aug - Concert in Weikersheim, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
16 Aug - Concert in Kassel, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
18 Aug - Concert in Sterzing/Vipiteno, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
19 Aug - Concert in Vienna, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
20 Aug - Concert in Moscow, conducted by Jörn Hinnerk Andresen
The World Youth Choir 2020 will have two conductors, who will alternate in conducting the choir and orchestra during the rehearsals and tour: Tan Dun (CHN) and Jörn Hinnerk Andresen (DEU). Read more about them here.
The 2020 World Youth Choir and Bundesjugendorchester performances will feature four World Youth Choir alumni as soloists. The soloists were selected by the organisers of the session and you can read more about them here.
The repertoire of the 2020 World Youth Choir session, will be fully dedicated to the 250th Beethoven Anniversary Festivities and performed with the BJO. The programme will be composed of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and a commission work by Tan Dun entitled Nine.
You can find further details about the session in this article that was published
on IFCM's International Choral Bulletin (March 2020).