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September 29, 2003


London Times

If you live within 100 miles of London and possess two ears and half a soul, you would be mad not to look in on World Voice. It’s a 17-day festival that brings some of the world’s great choirs to the South Bank and other venues in the capital.

First up was the amazing Tapiola Choir. The repertoire specially written for them by Scandinavian composers used all sorts of wacky vocal techniques: jibbering, barking, glissandos, squeaks, even heavy breathing. It generally evoked primordial legends, and often incorporated ancient chants. These virtuoso numbers were interspersed with genuine folk songs. Whatever they sang, however, these remarkable children utilised beguiling, unforced timbres and put the music across with spellbinding vivacity.

Posted by acapnews at September 29, 2003 3:12 PM


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