sing und swing ChorVerband NRW e.V. WDR4 dortmund 2011

Why ?

Almost 10 years ago, when the current president of the CV NRW, Hermann Otto, met the jazz choir's representative in the music committee of the CV, Brigitte Elke Koch and the former country choirmaster Prof. Michael Schmoll to advise how the growing scene of jazz, pop and barbershopchoirs could be integrated in an "antiquated" Choral Association.

Soon they realized that a singing contest, already existing in the classical field for already 50 years, could also be attractive for these choirs. But it should be more than just a competitive event - it should be a festival with the intention of meeting between choirs and the fans of a cappella - music in the modern genre.

The "Sing and Swing Festival” was born and it took place for the first time with about 10 choirs even in the same year in Siegen. It got around quickly and so the second attempt in Dortmund already tripled the number of joining choirs.

The terms and conditions as well as the "Guidelines" were revised and the title “MASTERSCHOIR” is now a motivation within the choirs of pop, jazz and barbershop. All choirs agree that it is important to get to know each other. Many joint concerts, exchange of literature, workshops and more arose from this idea.

Cologne 2009 was the next mile-stone.  After the CVNRW had been so overwhelmed with inquiries from the entire republic and the neighboring countries, it was decided to open the singing competition as well as the festival to choirs, ensembles and jury members beyond the North-Rhine-Westphalian borders . And we proudly presented a veritable star to be our partner: “The Real Group”!

We will go on this way for our choirs’ positive advancement!

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