by Thomas Balls-Thies, Bielefeld/Germany
What began in 2001 as a one-time event turns 15 years old this year: the “Internationale A-cappella-Woche Hannover”. The festival’s anniversary has already started with its “on tour” concerts: on the 26th of January with Vivid Voices and tonalrausch at the Stadttheater in Wunstorf and on the 21st of March with JuiceBox. at the CD-Kaserne in Celle.
In addition to many known faces there are also some new to discover with Beardyman (beat boxing), Van Canto (metal), and Voces8 (early polyphony, jazz, pop). LEVELELEVEN is a new name to the festival but the eleven members are well known to the regular audience under the name of “Rajaton” from Finland and “The Real Group” from Sweden. For the anniversary even the founding ensemble of the festival, Modell Andante, who disbanded in 2003, will give a one-off reunion.
|25 April||Opening ConcertLEVELELEVEN (FIN/SWE)||Neustädter Hof- und Stadtkirche St. Johannis, Hannover|
|26 April||JuiceBox. (GER)Beardyman (GBR)||Kulturzentrum Faust, Hannover|
|27 April||Voces8 (GBR)||Johanneskirche, Völksen|
|28 April||Die Feisten (GER)||Schloss Landestrost, Neustadt a. Rbge|
|29 April||Van Canto (GER)||Capitol, Hannover|
|30 April||amarcord (GER)||Kloster Loccum, Loccum|
|1 May||Modell Andante (GER)Basta (GER)||Theater am Aegi, Hannover|
|2 May||A Cappella Nightwinner of the A CAPIDEO Contesttonalrausch (GER)Muttis Kinder (GER)||Kulturzentrum Pavillion, Hannover|
|3 May||Closing ConcertVivid Voices (GER)str8voices (GER)Hannover Harmonists (GER)
and other surprise guests
|Großer Sendesaal des NDR, Hannover|
|25 April – 3 May||A Cappella Sing-alongMartin Jordan, choral conductor from Hannover||Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hannover|
|27 April||School Workshopmembers of Voces8||Christian-Flemes-Schule, Völksen|
|1 May||Stage Presence and Stage PerformanceMarco Billep, singer, dancer, actor and choreographer for various a cappella groups||tbaregistration at firstname.lastname@example.org required|
|1 May||Master Classmembers of armacord||Kloster Loccum, Loccumapplications can be directed to email@example.com|
|2 May||Noon Concertparticipating ensembles of the master class by armacord||Kloster Loccum|
|2 May||CVT Introductory Course with Master ClassEllen Brandstetter und Philipp Sageder, authorized Complete Vocal Technique singing teachers||Kulturzentrum Pavillion, Hannoverregistration at firstname.lastname@example.org required|
A-CAPIDEO Online Video Contest
The online a cappella contest A-CAPIDEO will be held for the fifth time. A cappella groups are called to present their YouTube videos and the winner of the public voting on Facebook will participate in the concert on the 2nd of May.