The World Choral Day

The World Choral Day is an international choral event to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

The world is living through severe and continuous crisis of self destruction. There are no possible reasons that can justify these actions. The majority of the human race wants to live in peace with dignity. It is time to show, with more power and strength, that our choral family contributes, through music to break down the artificial barriers product of politics, different ideologies, religious differences, and racial hatred that separate human beings. We must be able to show that MUSIC, the divine art, is more than the mere search of formal perfection and interpretative beauty, music should serve to extol the values of solidarity, peace, and understanding . We cannot work isolated, we have to make all possible efforts to have our voices heard and to let music work its own paths of communication.Alberto Grau,
Helsinki in August, 1990, within the framework of the 2nd World Symposium on Choral Music

Thousands of choirs have joined in the celebration of World Choral Day on or around the 2nd Sunday in December in the past twenty years. Millions of singers across the globe have been involved in World Choral Day concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars, Days of Friendship and other events.

A World Choral Day event may take many different forms. However, it typically includes this:

  • someone reading the World Choral Day Proclamation (PDF-file). It has thus far been translated into many different languages and is available for download from the World Choral Day and IFCM websites.
  • Theme: The IFCM announces themes for World Choral Day. In the year 2012 the theme will be “Solidarity”. Many people are suffering because of disasters, earthquakes, tsunamis, draught, hunger, poverty, terror, war, and so on and so forth. All over the world choirs are expressing their solidarity with the victims of these catastrophies, sometimes raising money, often raising awareness or singing to help people deal with these issues or overcome their grief. Choirs are invited to do something with this topic of “solidarity”, either in connection with the proclamation (see below) or musically or both.
  • Choirs wanting to be involved in World Choral Day can use the official WCD logo.

More information: ICFM WCD Website