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"... It isn't worth much if we sing for ourselves, it's better if two sing together, and then more join to the choir, a hundred, a thousand, til sounds the great harmony in which we are all one. Only then can we say: Joy to the whole world!" Kodály Zoltán

 

The "Béla Vikár" Mixed Choir of Kaposvár was originally formed in 1924 as the Kaposvár Choir of Industry Workers.The Choir's aims were as follows creating coherence between workers by spending their spare time in a useful way, participation in patriotic festivities and having individual concerts. In 1949 the choir won the title of "Excellent Choir". Later the choir was united with the "KIOSZ" Men's Choir and with the Teachers' Choir of Kaposvár.In 1952 the united choir won the first prize on a competition which was held on the occasion of the National General Assembly of OKISZ.In 1962 the choir took the name "Béla Vikár". With its activity the choir has been trying to preserve the name of the famous Hungarian etnographer and folksong collector.Since 1964 the choir has been conducted by Zsolt Zákányi, a well-known conductor even in those days owing to his results gained with his children's choir. In 1968 the choir got the title "Excellent Ensemble" Since then the choir has regularly has concert opportunities at the Hungarian Radio and Was invited to Bulgaria for a couple of concerts.Since 1980 the choir has taken part in international competitions and festivals every year.The concustor, Zsolt Zákányi received Liszt - and Leo Weiner - awards for his activity.Since 2001. the Choir has been conductad by Géza Ludmány, honoured teacher at he Teacher's Training College of Kaposvár. The choir regularly presents musical works from all parts of music history. They sing a capella as well as oratorial pieces.The choir considers of great importance to present regularly the pieces of Zoltán Kodály and Lajos Bárdos. The most important results of the choir so far achieved are the following:


Hungarian awards an titles:
  • Concert Choir title
  • Award of Kaposvár Minicipality
  • 1987 an 1995 - Somogy County's Artistic Award
  • Excellent Ensemble title
  • 1997 - Concert Choir Summa cum Laude
  • 2003 - Concert Choir Cum Laude
  • 2006 - Concert Choir Ars Magna 
  • 2010 -  Concert Choir Ars Maior

Foreign awards:

1980 Llangollen (England) Misec category - 1st prize
Female category - 2nd prize
Festival Award
 
1982 - Arezzo (I) Folk-lore category- 1st prize
 
1985 - Gorizia (I) Folk-lore mixed category - 1st prize
 
1988 - Cantonigrós (E) Folk-lore category - 1st prize
Female category - 3rd prize
Special Award
 
1989 - Tours (F) Female category - 1st prize
Special Award
 
1989 - Colle di Fuori-Rome (I) 1st prize
 
1990 - Colle di Fuori-Rome (I) 1st prize
 
1992 - Cantonigrós (E) Mixed category - 1st prize (best of all choirs)
Female category - 2nd prize
 
1993 - Colle di Fuori-Rome (I) 1st prize
 
1998 - Frascati-Rome (I) 1st prize



Other important events:

Choirfestival
  • 1984 - Savigliano (I)
  • 1986 - Dierdorf (D)
  • 1987 - Galánta
  • 1990 - Soave (I)
  • 2000 - Savigliano (I)
Concert trip
  • 1967 - Krakko (Poland)
  • 1969 - Burgasz (Bulgaria)
  • 1971 - Bjelovár
  • 1977 - Szofia (Bulgaria)
  • 1992 - Bath (England)
  • 1993 - Marosvásárhely (Ro)
  • 1994 - Ciampino-Rome (I)
  • 1994 - Neunkirchen (A)
  • 1994 - Virovitica (Ho)
  • 1995 - Le Mans (F)
  • 1996 - Europa Cantat I. Junior Kaposvár (H) - individual concert
  • 2000 - Bath (England) - concert trip
  • 2003 - Koprivnica (Croatia)
  • 2004 - Nantes - St. Sebastian (F)
  • 2006 - Rauma
 
 

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