Every year, around 700 choir members from 10 plus overseas countries and about 1000 choir members from Korea gather at the Busan Choral Festival & Competition, which is the representative choral festival in Asia. Unfortunately this year, the BCFC could not be free from the pandemic of COVID-19.
Sad it is but our music does not stop even in this year. Nothing can stop us from singing together. This is because we believe that our choral music can bring reconciliation and peace to the world. Although choristers from the world cannot gather in Busan physically, we are opening this choral festival in the cyber space.
‘Virtual Choir’ means that choir members create video from where they are and such video and audio clips are gathered and edited to be made into choir singing instead of gathering in one place to sing together. This year, 12 choirs from 9 countries made video clips of their singing and sent them to the BCFC. We are opening Video Choir Festival of the BCFC this evening with these video clips. The clips will be watched by choristers around the world on Youtube in real time. It will show the world our choral music that cannot be stopped. In particular, Angel Peace Art Group, a private art group representing Busan and Male Conductors’ Ensemble of Busan will make tonight all the more beautiful with their wonderful live performances.
The BCFC will continue to build harmony that is made with the people’s voice which is the most beautiful music in the world. I give you my promise that this festival will bring you hope in this time of pandemic.