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Sofia Boys Choir

Sofia Boys Choir

Founded in 1968 the Sofia Boys Choir at the Tsar Boris III - 1928 Chitalishte (a cultural community centre) is the first boys choir in Bulgaria.
Lilyana Todorova was founder and conductor of the choir up to 1989. Through diligence and love she managed…


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Founded in 1968 the Sofia Boys Choir at the Tsar Boris III - 1928 Chitalishte (a cultural community centre) is the first boys choir in Bulgaria.
Lilyana Todorova was founder and conductor of the choir up to 1989. Through diligence and love she managed to create a singular choral body, characterized by good musical quality and the young age of the singers.
Dr. Adriana Blagoeva has been conductor of the choir since 1989. With perseverance and artistic daring she worked to permanently integrate the ensemble in the concert life of both capital and country.
The concerting and recording activities of the choir have intensified significantly, alongside improved artistic quality. Christmas and Easter concerts have become tradition. The choir is a desired participant in major national music forums such as the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival, the 'Dobri Voynikov' International Student Choral Gala Days, Shumen and others.

General Structure of the Ensemble
Children from various schools in Sofia between the ages of 8 and 15 years sing in the Sofia Boys Choir. They pass through various groups: preparatory, internship and concerting group. On 1 November 1997 a Youth Formation consisting solely of former members of the boys choir was established. Thus, three concert formations took shape within the ensemble - boys, youth and mixed.

Repertoire
The repertoire range of the choir is varied and interesting. Bulgarian music has a standing representation. Many composers have written songs specifically for the Sofia Boys - Todor Popov, Alexander Tanev, Alexander Tekeliev, Philip Pavlov, Petar Lyondev, Benzion Eliezer, Plamen Arabov, Stoyan Babekov, Peter Krumov and others.
A significant part of the repertoire is comprised of arrangements of Bulgarian folk and Orthodox music.
Works by foreign composers, performed by the choir, are in different musical styles ranging from the 14th century to the present day. Some of the vocal orchestral works by Giovanni Pergolesi, Šimon Brixi Charles Gounod, Gabriel Fauré, Michael Haydn and Benjamin Britten occupy a special place in the repertoire.
The choir's operatic concerts are also popular. Music by Purcell, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Wagner, Verdi, Gounod, Mascagni, Donizetti, Rossini, Borodin, Dargomyzhsky, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Bernstein, as well as Bulgarian composers is performed.

Interaction with Other Cultural Institutions
Sofia Boys Choir has performed together with the Kaval Men's Chorale, Vassil Arnaoudov Sofia Chamber Choir, Sofia Ladies Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Orchestra of the National Opera and Ballet, Orchestra and Mixed Choir of the Bulgarian National Radio, the Svetoslav Obretenov National Philharmonic Choir, New Symphony Orchestra, Classic FM Orchestra, Ars Musica Chamber Ensemble and others.
The ensemble has been engaged in recordings and concerts under the baton of Rossitsa Batalova, Ivan Marinov, Emil Tabakov, Alipi Naydenov, Nayden Todorov, Boris Spassov, Yordan Dafov, Rossen Milanov, Igor Bogdanov and Luciano di Martino.
Sofia Boys Choir regularly participates in productions of the 'Stefan Makedonski' National Music Theatre /Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar/, 'Nikolai Binev' Youth Theatre /Oliver/ National Opera and Ballet /Tosca and others/.

Awards from International Choir Competitions
Sofia Boys Choir has been awarded a Grand Prix, First prize and Second Prize at the Guido d'Arezzo International Choir Competition in the town of Arezzo, Italy /1993/; First Prize at the International May Choir Competition 'Prof. Georgi Dimitrov' in Varna /1997/; First Prize at the Giuseppe Zelioli International Choral Competition of Sacred Music in Lecco, Italy /1997/; First Prize at the International Choral Competition in Neuchâtel, Switzerland /1999/; Second Prize at the First International Folk Choir Competition for Male Choirs in Bolzano, Italy /2000/, where Adriana Blagoeva was also bestowed a Special Prize for Conductors; Two Second Prizes in the Orlando di Lasso International Choir Competition in Camerino, Italy /2003/; First and Second Prize at the International Choral Competition 'Moscow Sounds' in Moscow, Russia /2012/.

National Awards and Honours
1998 - Golden Quill for contribution to Bulgarian culture
- Silver Lyre of the Union of the Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers (UBMD)
2003 - Golden Lyre of the UBMD
- 'Musician of the Year for 2002' in the category Artistic Activity by the Allegro Vivace radio programme of the Bulgarian National Radio
2009 - Crystal Lyre of the UBMD in the Choral Art category
2012 - Crystal Lyre of the UBMD in the Choral Art category
2013 - Golden Quill for contribution to Bulgarian culture

Discography
Under Adriana Blagoeva's conducting the Sofia Boys Choir has recorded and released nine solo CDs. Recordings of the choir are further included in another eight CDs alongside other performers.
The Bulgarian National Radio and Television have likewise many recordings of the choir at their disposal.

Tours
The Sofia Boys Choir has repeatedly given concerts in Russia, Greece, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Belgium and Japan.

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