WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR THE ENGLISH CHOIR BERLIN'S CHANT COMPOSING COMPETITION
We are very pleased to announce that HELENE L. HAUGLIN has won The English Choir Berlin's first Chant Composing Competition.
What began last autumn as an idea over a few glasses of wine resulted in seven individual singers from The English Choir Berlin submitting twelve different and original Anglican-style psalm-chants.
The jury consisted of the Choir's conductor Kathleen Bird and Nick Way. Nick's own chant compositions have been sung many times at Choral Evensong in the Berliner Dom.
Known to her fellow singers as a very engaged choral soprano, who knew that Helene Hauglin harboured such talent for composition? Resident in Berlin, Helene stems from Oslo, Norway. She is also an accomplished flautist and sings in several other choirs in Berlin.
"I sang in the Oslo Cathedral Youth Choir. And, there I made my first acquaintance with the Anglican tradition of Choral Evensong, My lifelong love for classical music spurred a move to Vienna, where I lived for a decade before moving to Berlin."
The chants were first submitted to a Choir member familiar with music-notation software. He first standardised the format before passing the music anonymously to the jury. Both judges were impressed with the very high standard.
Intriguingly and quite unusually, the winner's double chant is set for SAATB. "...the chant was not just written for The English Choir Berlin, but also for the Dom: the peculiar acoustic made me aim for melodiousness of each part (hence a couple of cardinal harmony sins were knowingly made). So I am very excited to hear it being performed on Saturday (16 February 2019) - in *that* space!"
The Choir began to rehearse it over the two rehearsals before choral evensong on the 16 and Helene was able to hear it actually sung in the rehearsal room at the Berliner Dom. As it happens, this will also be the first work by a female composer to be sung by The English Choir Berlin at Choral Evensong.
Psalm 84 is the psalm set for in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) for evening prayers on every 16th of the month. At Choral Evensong in the Berliner Dom on Saturday, 16 February 2019 at 18:00, Helene's Anglican chant will be given its world premiere