The Shchedryk Children’s Choir performed at the Harmonie Festival in Germany

The Shchedryk Children’s Choir from Kyiv performed at the Harmonie Festival in Lindenholzhausen, Germany. Since 1981, it has been held regularly every six years and is one of the largest and most famous choral and folklore festivals in the world.   

Photo: Serhiy Mamin 

This year’s festival took place from 9 to 12 May and brought together more than 5,000 participants from four continents. The Shchedryk Choir took part in 8 concerts, presenting works by contemporary Ukrainian composers Victoria Polyova, Valentyn Silvestrov and Roman Surzha, as well as arrangements of folk songs for choir by Anna Havrylets, Mykola Leontovych, Roman Kofman, Ihor Shamo, Borys Liatoshynskyi and others. Western European and world choral music was also performed. ‘The Shchedryk Choir introduced the performing and composing choral art of Ukraine to listeners from 35 countries.  

The Ukrainian Institute was an organiser of the Shchedryk’s performance in Germany.  

The Shchedryk Children’s Choir was founded in 1971 in Kyiv. Since 2003, Marianna Sablina has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the choir. Over the 50 years of its existence, Shchedryk has trained more than 2,000 choristers. The choir has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Roy Thomson in Toronto, and others.