Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with
Ave Maria Children’s Choir Foundation Inc.
DATE/ TIME/ VENUE:
October 16, 2016 | 4:00PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)
Inspired by Jude Roldan’s composition, Halina’t Umawit (Come, Let us Sing!), a choral festival was organized as the highlight of the 10th founding anniversary of the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir in 2009. It was formed as part of choral masters, Jude and Theresa Roldan’s advocacy to support and strengthen the children’s choral movement in the Philippines.
Through the efforts of the Ave Maria Children’s Choir Foundation, Inc., the very first festivals were participated in by the finest children’s choirs from Metro Manila, nearby Bicol and Pangasinan who won in international competitions. In 2014, the use of the main theatre of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the most prestigious venue in Metro Manila, gave more aspiring choirs the opportunity to showcase their talent.
Now on the 8th year of Halina’t Umawit, the festival organizer is taking on a different twist by featuring an all-girls choir, the MidtVest Girls choir from Denmark and an all-male choir, Boscorale, to grace the occasion. The MidtVest Girls Choir and the Boscorale will showcase their own unique brand of musicality.
There will also be a special participation from our solo guest performer, Dr. George T. Yang. Together with the Mandaluyong Children’s Choir and the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, 8HU lives on with the comely invitation for young choristers to sing joyfully!
ABOUT HAIL MARY THE QUEEN CHILDREN’S CHOIR:
In 1999, the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir was conceived by its founders, Ulan and Dinna Sarmiento, primarily as a parish choir at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Quezon City. In 2001, they turned trans-parochial when they became part of the music ministry of the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills and Christ the King Parish in Greenmeadows in 2004. Today, the choir continues to serve these parishes, grounded on its core values of excellence, commitment, discipline, service and prayer.
Through the expert choral musicianship of Prof. Ma. Theresa Vizconde-Roldan and Music Director, Jude Roldan, the choir has evolved into a world class concert chorale. Spanning sixteen years, HMtQCC lays claim to many firsts in their choir story: the first Filipino Champion in the Bremen Choir Olympic in Germany in 2004, the First Children’s Choir of the World in the 67 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales, United Kingdom in 2013. In June 2015, they were the first Asian choir to be invited at the Pacific International Choral Festivals in Eugene, Oregon, USA. They were also the featured artist at the Oregon Bach Festival on the House concert held at the prestigious Hult Center.
The choir’s commitment to service started when several organizations asked their help in their fund-raising projects or for artistic exhibition. They performed for diplomatic gatherings at Malacañan Palace and rendered concert series in the Greater Los Angeles, USA in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015. They also performed at Disneyland in 2007, 2011 and 2015. In January 2015, the choir sang for Pope Francis during his encounter with the youth and recorded together with Ms. Jamie Rivera, “We are All God’s Children”, the official theme song for the Papal Visit.
In recognition of their multi-awards, they received the Ani ng Dangal from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2009, 2013 and 2014. Last June 2015, the honourable mayor of Eugene, Oregon, Kitty Piercy proclaimed June 24, 2015 as the Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir Day in honor of their exemplary feat.
In the recent APEC summit, the choir performed at the Welcome Dinner for the delegates at the Marriot Hotel and they also performed exclusively for the spouses during their Intramuros tour at the San Agustin Church.
To this day, their resounding call, “Our song, Our prayer” permeates their every performance.
BOSCORALE: Don Bosco Technical Institute – Makati
Consisting of all-male high school students, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Makati's Boscorale is considered as one of the best high school choirs in the metro. Since 2007, the group has been participating and winning various prestigious competitions local and abroad. In July 2014, they had participated in their first international competition entitled Orientale Concentus VII held in Singapore. They received 2 gold prizes and won category winner in the Ensemble Category.
Moreover, the Boscorale was adjudged 1st Runner Up and grabbed the Best Interpretation of Contest Piece in the 2014 National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and the Grand Champion in the 2014 Philippine Travel Mart Eco-Tourism Competition. Furthermore, the group emerged champion in Korus Klef Youth Choir Festival in 2011 as well as FEUROPA Competition for 5 years 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Recently, the group bagged the GrandPrix in 2nd Bohol International Choral Competition last June 2015. The group also bagged the category winners in both Folk Category and Ensemble Category respectively. The group also won 1st prize in ensemble category of 2nd Andrea Veneracion International Choral Competition bested choirs from different parts of the country, Indonesia and Italy. In December 2015, the group won Grand Champion (Children’s Category) in MBC National Choral Competition held in Aliw Theater.
Driven by the words of St. John Bosco that "a school without music is like a body without a soul," the Boscorale continuously offers its music in the service of the Lord Almighty.