The 14th Polish Christmas Carols Competition – the largest choir festival of carols in the country – took place on January 19, 2019 in Chełmno.
After the auditions and discussion, the committee composed of: Joanna Łukaszewska, Michalina Spychalska, Izabela Łuckiewicz and prof. dr hab. Andrzej Ryłko, the chairman of the jury, decided to award the following prizes and distinctions.
The Grand Prix and the cash prize of PLN 2,000 went to the Cantus Vocal Ensemble from Leszno directed by Tomasz Sowiński!
The Golden Bands were awarded to: Chamber Choir Piu Mosso from Wrocław (conducted by Dominik Jarocki), Choir of the Jan III Sobieski LXXV High School in Warsaw (conducted by Liliana Bach), Chamber Choir Endorfina from Warsaw (conducted by Michał Rajewski), Vocal Ensemble Omnis Mea from Warsaw (conducted by Michał Rajewski, Edyta Sędzik), Vocal Ensemble Modo Maiorum from Warsaw (conducted by Michał Straszewski) and the Echo Choir from Łódź (conducted by Ewelina Bień).
The choirs Harmonia Sphaerarum from Gniew, Laudate Dominum from Wejherowo and Canto Alegre from Łódź received the Silver Bands and bonuses. Bronze Bands and valuable prizes were given to the the choirs: Sonore from Kleszczów, Lutnia from Więcbork, Cantate Domino from Malbork, Lutnia from Czersk, Lutnia from Luzina and Chawera from Swarzędz.
The jury also awarded several special prizes: for the Best Conductor to Dominik Jarocki – a cup funded by the Artistic Director of the Michał Rajewski Competition; for the best performance of the Lulajże Jezuniu carol to Modo Maiorum Vocal Ensemble from Warsaw; for cultivating the Kashubian language to Choir Lutnia from Luzina; and for the sound qualities to the Piu Mosso Chamber Choir from Wrocław.
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