St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
“It will stay with you the rest of your life!” Michael McGlynn, Ireland
Festival 500 Sharing the Voices is a celebrated international biennial festival of choral music, which takes place in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador over the course of one full week. While it is a non-competitive festival, choirs are required to go through an audition process and must be invited to participate. Choirs are given the opportunity to perform and participate in various concerts, workshops, clinics and master classes – all delivered by world leaders in their respective ﬁelds. The Saskatoon Children’s Choir was a proud participant in July 2007.
Still We Rise!
In December 2006, the choir launched their “Still We Rise!” project, in support of the global ﬁght against HIV and AIDS. In association with this project, the choir commissioned Yo Te Nombro Libertad from Peter Tiefenbach and premiered it at Festival 500 in St. John’s Newfoundland in July 2007. The premiere performance of this piece brought the audience to its feet for a prolonged ovation. It continues, to this day, to be the “signature composition” of the Saskatoon Children’s Choir.