The Cultural Association of Lagoa, Ideias do Levante (Algarve), in partnership with the municipality of Lagoa (Algarve), will organize the 19th edition of Semana Coral de Lagoa (Lagoa Choir Week, www.semanacoral.net), a non-competitive choir festival that will take place within the Council of Lagoa from the 13th up until the 21st of May. The 2017 edition will feature 4 talented groups: The N10 Choir (London, England), Ensemble Vox Angelis (Portugal), Grupo Coral da Sociedade Filarmónica Silvense (Silves, Algarve, Portugal), and Grupo Coral Ideias do Levante (Lagoa, Algarve).
Each year, for one week, singing sweeps through Lagoa, and voices from all places unite in a harmonious feast of melodies and emotions. The Choir Week of Lagoa is already a reference in the panorama of Algarvian choir festivals. It began as the tiny cry of a strong and determined child, then grew with school songs learnt and sung, and now has become a searcher of new sounds and experiences in polyphonic choir singing. Each year it yearns to go farther, to innovate, to dare to fly even higher. Each year, the Choir Week of Lagoa is bigger and more mature. And with it, the singers who participate have also grown at the musical level. Many friendships have been firmed. Many musical ties have been formed. Many songs have been found. According to Roberto Estorninho (executive producer), this is the secret of music, the same musical beat that regulates all hearts, "and this is why we love music - it unites us, and it makes our hearts beat in one single rhythm."
The Choir Week of Lagoa is, according to its first mentor, José Carlos Bago d’Uva, a conference open to the sharing of musical experiences and of unforgettable moments; it is the time of the year when Lagoa sings “in four voices” the (en)chantment of vocal polyphony across the lands of the Levante.
The opening concert with The N10 Choir performing "Adiemus", by Karl jenkins, will be held in Porches Principal Church on May 13, at 21:30. The N10 Choir and Coral Ideias do Levante (Lagoa) will perform together on May 14, at Convento S. José (Lagoa), around 16:30. Grupo Coral da Sociedade Filarmónica Silvense and Coral Ideias do Levante will also perform together on May 18, at Ferragudo Principal Church, around 21:30. The Ensemble Vox Angelis will perform on May 20 at Estômbar Principal Church (16:30) and at Porches Principal Church (21h30), and on May 21 they will also perform at Lagoa Prinicipal Church around 16:30.
The concerts are recommended for adults and children over six years old. All the concerts are for free. Please note that a ticket is required to attend the May 14 concert at the Convento S. José, in Lagoa.
The present edition will also feature a heritage path event preceding two of the concerts to be held in:
Ferragudo, on May 18, around 8.30pm at Praça Rainha D. Leonor
Estômbar, on May 20, around 3pm at Largo da Igreja.
More information about the festival could be found at www.semanacoral.net (in portuguese). More information about the association may be gotten at its website, www.ideiasdolevante.net .
This initiative benefits from the support of Município de Lagoa (www.cm-lagoa.pt), Lagoa/Carvoeiro Parishes Union, Ferragudo Parish, Ferragudo Principal Church, Estorninho (www.estorninho.biz), Sonarsis - Artes do Som (www.sonarsis.com), Solidó - Instrumentos Musicais (www.facebook.com/solidolda), Locauto Rent-a-Car (www.locauto.pt), Pastelaria Algarve (www.pastelariaalgarve.info), Cibercafé Don Rodrigo (Lagoa), Cafetaria Chill Inside (Lagoa), "A Tasquinha" Restaurant (www.atasquinha.info), Vale do Lobo Resort (www.valedolobo.com), and Inforarte (www.inforarte.com).