Pinoy choir returns after successful tour in Europe


Posted at Jun 27 2019 03:28 PM

Pinoy choir returns after successful tour in Europe 1

MANILA -- Aleron is back in Manila after a successful month-long concert-competition tour in different parts of Europe.

The Filipino all-male choir performed in Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland under the theme "Exploring Identity."

Aleron emerged victorious in the second Limburg Male Choir Festival in Germany, winning championships in the Men’s Vocal Ensembles and Male Choirs Open categories.

The only non-European choir in the roster was also given the Special Prize of the Hessian Prime Minister, a distinction given to the group that earns the highest score across the entire competition.

Aleron's ensemble director, Christopher Arceo, was among the two conductors awarded the Special Choirmaster Prize, the other being Matthias Rajczyk of Germany.

After Limburg, the choir joined the Svenska kyrkans gosskörsförening’s (Swedish Church’s Boy’s Choir Association) Gosskörsfestival (Boy’s Choir Festival) held in the municipality of Rättvik. The annual festival brings together boy’s choirs from all over Sweden in a non-competitive setting.

Aleron also performed in iconic venues such as the Uppsala Cathedral, Linköping Cathedral, and Lund Cathedral, and sang at the 11th Filipino Marian Pilgrimage at the Zisterzienserkloster in Bochum, Germany and at the Clarakirche in Basel, Switzerland.

Members also had the privilege of meeting Philippine ambassadors Leo Herrera-Lim (Denmark) and Denis Yap Lepatan (Switzerland and Liechtenstein) as guests of honor at the 121st Independence Day commemoration at the Philippine Embassy in Berne and the Yehudi Menuhin Forum.

Aleron was established in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club.

The group has been a consistent recipient of financial grants by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in support of its international endeavors.