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Horto Choral Course

    Period: 22 – 30 July, 2023

    Conductors: Timothy Brown (UK), Robert Sund (Sweden)

    Alexandru Pascanu Chindia 
    Einojuhani Rautvaara Suite de Lorca 
    Pärt Uusberg Öhtul
    Roine Jansson ABBA Cappella
    Steve Dobrogosz Mass

    Concert: Saturday 30 July, 21:00, Horto Open Air Theatre

    If you are interested in participating or would like more information please complete the form below.

    The project is realized with the support of the Beijerstiftelsen/ The Beijer Foundation.

    The project was first launched in Horto in 2017 under the direction of Timothy Brown. In the 2023 programme we are hosting for first time the Swedish choir conductor Robert Sund who, together with Timothy Brown, will share the preparation and direction of an exciting choral programme. The diverse backgrounds of composers from countries such as Finland, Norway, Estonia, Estonia, Romania and Sweden converge in the choral writing of the music of our day. Our summer artistic team is joined by pianist and conductor from Israel, Zvika Vogel, who will accompany the choir from rehearsals to the concert.

    The English choral conductor Timothy (Tim) Brown received his initial musical training as a chorister at Westminster Abbey, and later as a member of the King’s College Choir, Cambridge. For many years Tim was Director of Music at Clare College, where he directed the College Choir, bringing it to international fame through recordings and concerts around the globe. He was the founder-director of the professional chorus English Voices, and The Academy of English Voices, which brings together professional and amateur singers, with which ensembles he has toured internationally.  In 2011 he set up the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, a professional chorus in Zürich associated with the Tonhalle Orchestra, which he directed until 2015. Until 2020 he directed the Berwang International Holiday Music Course, and is a popular choral clinician around the world, conducting many workshops for Europa Cantat since 1978. He has been the musical director of the Horto Choral Course since its inception in 2017. Away from choral singing Tim is a composer and editor and was a co-editor of the complete William Walton Edition for Oxford University Press.

    Robert Sund is a distinguished Swedish composer and conductor. He was for many years artistic director and conductor of the mixed choir Allmanna Sången and the male choir Orphei Drängar (OD) and founded and was the leader of both the women`s choir La Cappella and the youth choir Uppsala Musikskolas Kammarkor. Since 2004 he has also directed the Robert Sund Chamber Choir and for 17 years he has been teaching conducting and ensemble leadership at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 2003 Robert Sund was awarded an honorary stipend from the Municipality of Uppsala and also the Peter Cornelius Plaque in Mainz. In 2004 he received the King’s Medal of the 8th Magnitude with a bright blue ribbon for valuable service as director of the male choir Orphei Drängar. In 2008 he was awarded the Gustaf Adolf Medal in gold from Uppsala University for his important achievements as a choir leader, music creator, and developer of choir traditions by the University of Uppsala. In 1993, Robert Sund was named Conductor of the Year by the Föreningen Sveriges Korledare (Association of Swedish Choir masters). His choral music is based on sacred and secular themes and texts and is well-known throughout the world. 

    Zvika Vogel – conductor and pianist born in Israel in 1986. A graduate of the music department of Wizo High School of Art and of Rubin Music Conservatory in Haifa. Served in the army as an outstanding musician. Completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music inTel Aviv University: Bachelor degree in Piano, under the instruction of Prof. Michael Bogoslavski and Prof. Tomer Lev; Master’s degree in choir conducting, under the instruction of Prof. Avner Itai and Mr. Ronen Borshevsky at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University and of Professor Stephen Layton and Tim Brown at the University of Cambridge (England). Over the years won Sharett Fund Scholarships as well as scholarships for academic excellence from The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Also won awards in solo piano and chamber music competitions. Played as soloist with leading orchestras in Israel and participated in live radio broadcasts, in music festivals and in subscription series. During his studies, served as an assistant in The Vocal Octet and the Chamber Choir of the Buchmann Mehta School of Music, was invited to conduct various projects including The Cantata “Rayuk” by Shostakovich and the  opera “Dust Song” by Joseph Bates, and conducted leading choirs, including St. John’s Choir, Oratorio Choir of Cambridge, King’s College Choir and more. Currently plays in chamber music ensembles, conducts the Haifa Chamber Choir and is regularly invited to international festivals and workshops abroad as a pianist and conductor. Along with Natalie Goldberg founded Nona Vocal Arts Center, where he serves as Music Director, conductor and pianist.

    Registration fee: €195 / €145 (for singers up to 28 years old)

    Deposit: A €50 booking fee will be required. This is non-refundable.

    Early Bird Reduction
    Registrants who pay the €50 booking fee before January 1st will be eligible for a 10% reduction (€20).The balance of the registration fee will be due by June 1, 2023

    Refund Policy
    The registration fee will be 100% refunded in case of cancellation before April 1, 2023 and 50% refunded after April 1, 2023 up to June 1, 2023. The registration fee is non-refundable after June 1, 2023

    Music scores
    Music scores will be available at the start of the course and will cost €20 to be paid with the registration fee before June 1, 2023      
    Alternatively, music scores (pdf format) will be available free of charge upon request before the course but not during the course.

    Course Cancellation Policy
    The Foundation reserves the right to cancel the course if necessary. Registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee and music score cost. However, the Foundation will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of course cancellation.

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