News from Tenso 

News from Tenso Network Europe 

October 2014

In This Issue
Tenso Days 2014
Tenso Young Conductors Workshop
Tenso Professionals Meeting Berlin - looking back
Dear all,

Another edition of the Tenso Days festival coming up, this time in Riga (17-22 October). A new generation of singers will present itself in Riga in a challenging multi-disciplinary performance. And, we hope to welcome a new generation of conductors in our masterclass that will be organized in 2015. We hope to see you !

Tenso Days 2014 Rīga | 17 - 22 October


Tenso Days is an international choir festival aimed at a large and general audience of music lovers - a showcase of the very best of chamber choir performances.  This year's second edition will take place in Rīga, European Cultural Capital of 2014!

Below you'll find some of the highlights. For the full programme, have a look here.



Europe's best choirs 


With concerts of four prominent Tenso members, festival visitors can enjoy some of the best choirs Europe has to offer.


SAT 18/10 Symphonies and Fairy Tales

Latvijas Radio Koris, RIAS Kammerchor, DR Vokalensemblet


WED 22/10 VOX. Ancient Spiritual Chants in World premieres

Latvian Radio Choir, Musicatreize, Sinfonietta Rīga 



Tenso Europe Chamber Choir


Under Kaspars Putniņs, Tenso Europe Chamber Choir (TECC) will perform 'Brightness. The Series', a music theatre performance for mixed choir, soloists, electric guitar, and DJ, composed by Kristaps Pētersons.


FRI 17/10 Brightness. The Series

Tenso Europe Chamber Choir


SAT 18/10 for invitees only




Open Masterclass Song of Songs


Latvijas Radio Koris and Sarband Ensemble will offer the open masterclass "Song of Songs". 


This masterclass is one in a series of gatherings for which seven composers have been asked to write music.

During the masterclasses, all participants - singers, instrumentalists and composers - will collaborate on creating a new, unique sound. 


TUE 21/10 Song of Songs


Composer Bushra El-Turk and conductor Kaspars Putniņs >



Text and Music Round Table


At a round table session, Leo Samama, Antonio Chagas Rosa, Georgi Sztojanov and others will discuss the relationship between text and music.


WED 22/10 Text and Music Round Table



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Announcing the Tenso Young Conductors Workshop


Now that the Tenso Young Composers Workshop and the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir have been going strong for the last couple of years, Tenso's will take the next step in its talent development programme.


Starting next year, conductors Daniel Reuss (Cappella Amsterdam, right) and Fredrik Malmberg (Eric Ericson Kammarkör) will pick up the baton for the first Tenso Young Conductors Workshop. Young promising conductors will be offered the opportunity to work with some of the best chamber choirs, under supervision of two renowned choral conductors.


More details will be announced in November. If you are specifically interested in the Tenso Young Conductors Workshop, you can sign up here (make sure to tick "(4) news for conductors").



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Tenso Professionals Meeting Berlin - looking back


In April 2014, some 30 choral music professionals gathered in Berlin for the annual Tenso Professionals Meeting.


Tenso will play a role in furthering three of the ideas that came up during the Berlin meeting:


1. Define a must-have skill set for ensemble singers

2. Appoint ambassadors for choral music

3. Develop an engagement programme for young professionals in choral music

More on our website.


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


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