News from Tenso 

News from Tenso Network Europe 

August 2014

In This Issue
Tenso Europe Chamber Choir concert tour and looking back
Tenso Days Mechelen
Tenso Young Composers Workshop
Tenso 14-18 : From poetry to music
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Our summer kicked off with Tenso Days in Mechelen (BE), followed by the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir summer school in Sigulda (LV), of which the result can be heard from 22-24 August in the Netherlands, Finland and Estonia. In September, we will have the second round of the 2014 Tenso Young Composers Workshop and Tenso 14-18 : From poetry to music is off to a flying start!

Tenso Europe Chamber Choir


Tenso's summer project investing in a new generation of singers. The result of the summer school that took place in Sigulda (LV) can be heard during a short tour around Europe. If you around, come and listen!



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Fri 22 Aug 20:00 - Grote Kerk, Lochem (NL)
Sat 23 Aug 19:00 - Temppeliaukion kirkko, Helsinki (FI)
Sun 24 Aug 17:00 - Niguliste kirik, Tallinn (EE)Sigulda 2014



looking back at the 2014 summer school


In July, young professional singers from 11 European countries, average age 26, came to Latvia for a summer school with conductor Kaspars Putniņs and coaches Geert Berghs and Zane Kreicberga. The ten days were closed off with two concerts in Sigulda and Rīga.

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Tenso Days Mechelen (BE)


Tenso Days Mechelen impression
Tenso Days Mechelen video impression

Tenso Days Mechelen brought concerts of three of the best of our 'Northern' choirs: DR Vokalensemblet, Latvijas Radio Koris and RIAS Kammerchor, with varied programmes with premieres and highlights of the repertoire. Together, they performed a world premiere of Belgian composer Joris Blanckaert. Plus a masterclass of Sigvards Kļava, our composers workshop, singalong, and more ... see the short video impression.


Tenso Young Composers Workshop

Tenso Young Composers Workshop 2014 round 1
Tenso Young Composers Workshop impression

During Tenso Days Mechelen, James Wood, Leo Samama and the DR Vokalensemblet worked with six young composers on fragments of scores. Three composers were selected for the second round:


Francesca LeLoh� (UK)
Nuno da Rocha (PT)
Georgi Sztojanov (HU)

The next round of the workshop will be organized in September. One of the composers will receive an award : a commission for a new work for chamber choir. The award will be announced during Tenso Days Riga.


Have a look at a short clip of the workshop.


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Tenso 14-18 : From poetry to music

Our project From poetry to music - creating new music for chamber choir based on texts dating from 1914-1918 - has taken a flying start with a new composition of Eugene Birman, winner of the previous Tenso Young Composers Award, which was premiered by Latvijas Radio Koris during Tenso Days Mechelen. Festival composer Joris Blanckaert also chose three war poems for his new work for three chamber choirs, as did four of the six young composers who participated in the workshop.


Thanks to the growing number of contributors, there are now more than thirty poems on the site, and the number grows every week. The design of the website, including advanced live filter and search, is our work in progress for the coming months. 


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The activities of Tenso Network Europe are supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union. 


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