This week saw Norwegian vocal ensemble Pust (breathe) taking home the first prize in the Contest for Vocal Ensemble at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival in Finland. This marks the first time a Norwegian ensemble has been awarded the first prize in the contest’s 30 year history.
Pust consists of six professional performers with a background in such central ensembles and institutions as the Norwegian Soloists Choir, Oslo Chamber Choir and the Norwegian State Academy of Music.
Says Pust member Geir Arne Servan: “This contest has served as a stepping stone form many vocal ensembles and to win it represents a significant amount of acknowledgment for us. With a jury of this calibre, it is a marvellous form of recognition. This represents a unique opportunity to broaden our network and to continue to focus on music and a form of vocal expression that we believe strongly in.”
The jury was made up of chairman John Potter (of Hilliard Ensemble Fame) (GB), Anna Maria Friman (SWE), Anders Jalkéus (of The Real Group fame) (SWE) and Anna-Mari Kähärä (FIN).
The Tampere Vocal Music Festival is staged on a bi-annual basis and as winners Pust will be invited to perform in Tampere in 2007.
More info on the Tampere Vocal Music Festival here.