THE UST Singers are again the Choir of the World after besting 91 participants from across the globe at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in the United Kingdom last July 10.

The Singers are the first choral group to receive the Choir of the World Award twice. The group also took home the Pavarotti trophy named after the great Italian tenor who competed on the Eisteddfod stage in 1955.

In the Mixed Choir competition, the UST Singers placed first with 94 marks, beating groups from Indonesia, Sweden and Wales.

UST also placed first in the Youth Choirs competition with 180 marks, outshining groups from the United States of America, England, and the Czech Republic. The group landed third in the Chamber Choirs competition where Cywair from Wales and De La Salle University place first and second, respectively.

The UST Singers are a finalist in the Folk Song competition, where results have yet to be announced.

The Singers received their first Choir of the World award in 1995.

Established in 1947, Llangollen has become one of the world’s greatest music festivals.

The UST Singers have been reaping awards in their European tour this year, bringing home four first prize awards in the 17th Bangor International Choral Festival in UK held April 22 to 25, two special awards at the 56th Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland April 28 to May 2, and three first prizes at the 6th Mundus Cantat International Choral Competition in Poland last May.

In June last year, the UST Singers won three awards in the California International Choral Festival and Competition, including the People’s Choice Award. Rommel Marvin C. Rio

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