In its first European competition in decades, Seattle Girls Choir took second place — out of 11 competing choirs — in the children’s folk song choir category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.
In its first European competition in decades, Seattle Girls Choir took second place — out of 11 competing choirs — in the children’s folk song choir category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales last week.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddford, a 71-year-old cultural festival that welcomes some 150,000 people a year, draws choirs from around the world.
Seattle Girls Choir, founded in 1982, last competed in the festival in 1987, when it took home a first-place prize. It hadn’t applied to return in years, focusing instead on touring and on local collaborations, said Jennifer Alexander-Hill, director of development and special events for Seattle Girls Choir.
But “coupled with the 35th anniversary of the choir, some alums felt it was one of the best experience of their lives,” Alexander-Hill said. In addition, the choir realized it was “at such a level that we should be competing.”
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The group submitted recordings of songs it intended to compete with. “It was really a big honor to be invited to go back,” she said. “The cream of the crop only got to go. And they were able to place that high among all of them.”
The choir also placed sixth out of 17 groups in the open choir category, open to choirs including adult, children and college-age.
Seattle Girls Choir currently has 170 members, ages 5 to 19, and six different choir levels. The 29 members who competed were in the senior choir, conducted by Jacob Winkler, Seattle Girls Choir’s artistic director.