Famed choir sweeps awards in prestigious Europe competition
Arezzo, Italy— U.P Philippine Madrigal Singers swept the award categories and emerged the Citta D’Arezzo Grand Prize Winner, which qualifies the choir to compete next year for the much-coveted European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (EGP).
Waiting with bated breath were 10 choirs who had been competing in grueling rounds in the previous days. The U.P Philippine Madrigal Singers (aka Philippine Madrigal Singers) emerges as the Grand Prize winner of the 64th Polyphonic International Competition Guido d’Arezzo. The “Madz”, as the choir is referred to by its fans, bested choirs from France, Slovenia, Iceland, Italy, Sweden, Bulgaria and the Ukraine,
Aside from winning the Grand Prize, the Madz garned the following awards: 1st Prize in Compulsory Program (required competition pieces), 1st Prize in Musica Sacra, 1st Prize in Monographic Music (where the group performed original choral works by Madz resident composer and current member Matthew Ily Maniano), 2nd Prize in Secular Music and Special Listening Committee Awards in Folk Song, Pop, and Renaissance Performances.
Touted as the group whose supreme artistry allows them to sing anything and everything with equal aplomb, the Madz is now eligible to compete for its 3rd European Grand Prix (EGP)in Tolosa, Spain in 2017. They are the only Philippine Choir to have won this prestigious award, and the only choir in the world to have won twice.
Founder Andrea Veneracion (National Artist for Music) led the choir at the first EGP win in 1997. Current choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio took the helm in 2001 and continued the Madz legacy of choral excellence and ushered the choir’s way to its 2nd EGP in 2007. Carpio is a respected faculty member of the University of the Philippines and a highly-recognized choral adjudicator for his achievements.
Since its inception in 1963, the 53-year old choir has spawned hundreds of alumni choristers, who rallied via online chat as the announcement in Arezzo was being made, delivered via live feed from Madrigal Alumni based in Europe. Candy Cauilan, Madz alumna and impresario in the choral world of Italy provided the live video. Up to the minute announcements were reported by Alfred John De Veyra, Madz alumnus and author of the commemorative book “The Madz.”
Los Angeles will be host to the world-renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers on December 11, which is part of the American leg of its Europe-USA Tour. For Early Bird reservations and tour inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, text or call (818) 587-6123.