Festival Fever and a Vocal Jog XXL
by Florian Städtler, Vocal Blog chief listener and roving reporter
If you’ve read my blog post about amarcord and their Festival für Vokalmusik Leipzig, you might be a bit envious of me, when I tell you that I’m going to spend 3 full days at one of the finest vocal music events in Germany and Europe. Tomorrow, 6:52am, a train is going to take me to Bach’s hometown and I’m looking forward to seeing two world-class, classical vocal ensembles performing live: amarcord (Friday, 20th of April), who traditionally have the privilege of opening the festival and VOCES8 (Saturday, 21st of April). For all of those who think “Why is it always that guy that gets invited to fantastic events like that?” I want to add, that on Sunday, 10am, I’m becoming a member of the festival team by running my first full marathon in Leipzig. Still jealous – well, if you want to join me, just do it: I will certainly find tickets for those concerts for everybody who will do the 42.2km Vocal Jog XXL with me ;-)
The Leipzig festival isn’t the right event for envious persons anyway: As it lasts 10 days and includes 10 concerts, only a very few people will be able to attend all the events. That’s why I thought it would be interesting to give you an impression of the variety and fantastic quality of the artists coming to the festival from 20th to 29th of April by the festival calendar and a collection of selected YouTube links. Please note, that some of the links I chose have nothing to do with the programme the groups will do in Leipzig. If you want to learn more about the festival programme, check out the festival’s website for more details. And of course the sound quality – as with 99% of all YouTube videos – has only little to do with how wonderful all of these groups sound live.
So if you have time and want to see some of the best vocal groups in the world as well as one of the most beautiful East German cities, check your calendar, book your trip and get your ticket to Leipzig. If you happen to be there this weekend let me know: I won’t drink too many beers in expectation of the upcoming Vocal Jog, but I surely need supporters to cheer me on. But for now, enjoy the YouTube preview of Festival für Vokalmusik Leipzig!
ensemble amarcord (GER), April 20th, 20:00, Gewandhaus Leipzig
VOCES8 (UK), April 21st, 20:00h, Theater-Fabrik Sachsen
LALÁ (AUT), April 22nd, 16:00h, Alte Handelsbörse
Heinavanker (EST), April 22nd, 20:00 Uhr, Thomaskirche
Nordic Voices (NOR), April 23rd, 20:00h Evangelisch-reformierte Kirche
(no video available – so they really want to be listened to by you live!)
Kraja (SWE), April 24th, 20:00h, Gewandhaus Leipzig
Cap Pela (ESP), April 25th, 20:00h, Theater-Fabrik Sachsen
John Potter & Ambrose Field (UK), April 26th, 20:00h, Peterskirche
Audiofeels (POL), April 27th, 20:00h, Werk II, Halle D
Cadence (CAN), April 28th, 20:00h, Schaubühne Lindenfels
Closing Concert, April 29th, 19:00h, Gewandhaus Leipzig
(too good to be captured on video – go and get your tickets now!)
This is the 13th edition of this amazing festival, which for all the people who work to make this happen (Thank you Friederike Frieler, Georg Manthey, Tobias Rosenthal and all those who I haven’t met yet) and for a first-time marathon man is a very lucky number. See you in Leipzig!
Florian Städtler is founder and chief editor of Vocal Blog. He runs SpielPlanVier, an agency which has specialised in international a cappella top acts, recently co-founded the European Voices Association (EVA) and if this wasn’t enough, he started the first professional European vocal music online shop Acappellazone in July 2011. Follow Florian/Vocal Blog via Facebook and Twitter or write an e-mail to email@example.com.