Last night there was another concert at Saisuree Chutikul Music Hall Payap University (Mae Kao Campus) by the Papap University Choir.
Titled Lanna Choral to Cincinnati World Choir Games 2012, it was to raise further funds for the Choir to visit the USA in July, and was their last concert before they depart. The Payap University Choir is one of three choirs representing Thailand.
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It was an evening of glorious choral works, featuring mainly sacred music, but also new works, and traditional songs. The singing by the choir of The Royal Anthem to begin the programme was spine tingling. Their joyful rendition of “O Happy Day” was probably the highlight of the evening. The concluding item, “Choir Olympic Hymn” will be sung by them at the Games accompanied by The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Popular Ayu Namtep and Chaipruck Mekara led the choir.
A very supportive audience obviously wished the choir well at the World Choir Games. With about 48 participating countries and over 360 choirs they sure will need luck!
Payap Choir Win Two Silver Medals
Jul 20, 2012
CityNews – The Payap University Choir returned back on July 18th, from Cincinnati, Ohio where they won two silver medals at the 2012 World Choir Games. The team placed second in the contemporary music and mixed chamber music categories.
The Payap University Choir was conducted by Ajarn Ayu Namthep of the Duriyasilp College of Music and the team was chosen by the Thailand Choral Association. Students had to train for six months and they all were from Chiang Mai. Payap was the only university in Thailand to send a team.
The competition has been described as the Olympics of choral music and is held once every two years, this year 600 teams participated. This year’s competition lasted from July 4th through the 14th. Approximately 20,000 singers from 70 countries participated in 23 categories.
Upon their return to Thailand, the singers was greeted by Gov. Diskul at Chiang Mai International airport. Even though they missed the gold medal, the students greatly enjoyed their time at the competition and the university hopes to attend the 2014 competition.