Tachov Children’s Choir from Czech Republic on Gabriola next week

Nicki Westarp

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Tuesday, July 1 2014

The Gabriola Chamber Ensemble is once again sponsoring a choir from Kathaumixw International Choral Festival which is held every two years in Powell River. This year it will be 30 members of the Tachov Children’s Choir from the Czech Republic. 

The ensemble consists of 160 children aged 5 to 19; it is divided into three preparatory sections and a principal choir with 60 members. The choir visiting Gabriola will have 30 singers, aged 12 to 20 years old, mainly girls.

So far Tachov´s Children have performed in 16 European countries, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and China, and now Powell River. They perform with the Westbohemian Symphony Orchestra of Marienbad.

Winning the Golden Palm at the Feast of Songs in Olomouc 1977 became their first big success.

Josef Brabenec, the choir’s current conductor, founded the Tachov Children´s Choir in 1973. The choir gradually became one of the most successful ensembles in the Czech Republic and, at the World Choir Olympiad in Shaoxing, China (2010), the present singers were awarded two silver medals. Josef Brabenec has been awarded the prizes of František Lýsek and B. Smetana.

The Gabriola Concert will be held Tuesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Gabriola Community Hall. Tickets at the door. Price $25 per family or $15 for individuals.