According to Interkultur’s annual ranking list, the Norwegian choir Cantus from Trondheim is the World’s Best Women’s Choir in 2013.
Earlier this year, Cantus and conductor Tove Ramlo-Ystad received first prize the prestigious Interkultur competition for best women’s choir, and came in 8th place as the world’s best choir in total. There were over one thousand choirs competing.
Two other Norwegian choirs are among the world’s best, both from Hamar, respectively on 43rd and 64th place.
In November last year, Cantus also won the prominent choir competition in Guanzhou in China.
Trondhjems Studentersangforening (Trondheim Student Choir) and conductor Gavin David Lee is ranked as the 8th best choir in the world according to Interkultur’s ranking list.
For the last twenty years, the international organization Interkultur has guaranteed quality in international choir competitions. Their purpose is to bring choirs from all over the world closer together, and let them compete in various classes. During the major international competitions, the choirs are offered to participate in music workshops.
Interkultur has created their own quality seal called Musica Mundi – an evaluation system and point scale used to rank the competitors. The competition is judged by an international jury.
Cantus concert in Vår Frues Kirke (The Church of our Lady) in Trondheim, 2009.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Photos: Adressa, Cantus