The Children’s Choir of Wakayama, Japan was hosted by the Sofia Boys Choir on May 10th and 11th. On May 11, 2016, at 6:30pm at Hall 48 of the National Academy of Music Pancho Vladigerov, the two choirs presented a short concert, at the end of which they performed together.
WAKAYAMA CHILDREN'S CHOIR
Dr Nobutada Iwahashi, President Mr Haruhiko Numamaru, Conductor
Established in 1958.
The choir was founded in1958 with 32 children. It belonged to NHK (National Broadcasting Company) but was later separated from NHK and is now an independent choir with children from different schools throughout Wakayama City.
There are 3 categories of members according their age :
1. Boys and Girls choir from 7 to 10 years old
2. Children's choir ( equal voice ) from 11 to 18 years old.
3. Youth choir( equal voice ) from 15 to 18 years old.
The total number of the members is 160.
In 1970 they made their first overseas concert tour to U.S. and Canada. visiting their sister cities. Then, the choir was invited to China and Europe to give concerts as a cultural exchange delegation through musical programs. In 1987 they received the Cultural Grand Prize from Wakayama Prefecture. The choir made 25 overseas concert tours so far.
In 1998 the choir was awarded Gold and special prize at 5th International Choir Competition in Riva del Garda , then in 2000 participated in 1st Choir Olympic in Linz, Austria as a representative of Japan and awarded Gold medal.