Cor di Jëuni Gherdëina at the 8th WORLD CHOIR GAMES

Jul 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Choir Events, Personal Reports, World Choir Games


© Diego Moroder

By Diego Moroder

The Cor di Jëuni Gherdëina from Gröden / Val Gardena in South Tyrol (Italy) might join this year’s World Choir Games for the first time. From July 8-14 we spent unforgettable days together.

With much effort and discipline we prepared ourselves months-long for this major event and could not wait any longer to finally take on our journey. Our expectations were not disappointed: Right from the beginning we noticed a smooth planning in Riga, which lasted until the last day. At our arrival at the airport Inga, our „Choir Assistant“ picked us up. She now stayed with us all week long and became part of our group.
We were looking forward to many events such as workshops, Friendship Concerts, impromptu street concerts along with choirs from South Africa, and not least the great opening ceremony. Finally, it was the time: the excitement was huge when we were allowed to show the jury what we had practiced. Our conductor Samuel Runggaldier mastered the situation confidently and encouraged us to approach loosely to the cause.

At the Awards ceremony we could not believe it: In the category “Mixed Choirs” we got a Silver Medal with 74,50 points, and in the category “Spiritual” we were awarded Gold with 81,13 points. Of course, we celebrated loudly our achievement at the Arena Riga. Never in life we had hoped for such a result, because after all we were participating for the first time.

The CDJG is made up of young people from the small Ladin Grödnertal. The joy of singing to convey is of course the main concern of the choir. Nevertheless, the social aspect plays also an important role for us: The exchange between male and female singers from a small valley with only 10,000 inhabitants is something very special!

One thing is certain: After this week together our choir is even more grown together to form a group and we had the opportunity to learn about many different cultures. This is why we cannot wait, soon to be back.

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