The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Singers recently won the “Choir of the World Champion of Champions” in an online voting contest presented by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod through its newest on-demand streaming service, Llangollen.TV.
The Choir of the World Champion of Champions featured performances of contestants in over 20 competitions of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, the oldest and one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the world based in Wales, the United Kingdom.
The “Choir of the World,” established in 1987, is the final choir competition at the annual festival featuring all first prize winners from five categories, namely mixed choirs, youth choirs, female voice choirs, male voice choirs and open choirs vying for the grand prize, the “Luciano Pavarotti Choir of the World” trophy named after the legendary Italian tenor, who competed as a choir member at the festival in his youth.
The festival, in its 72-year history, opened an online voting poll for the Choir of the World Champion of Champions, wherein the public could choose the best choir from all the past 32 grand prize winners since its inception in 1987.
Some of the countries represented in this competition were the United States, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Hungary and Bulgaria. The voting period started from the first week of June until the second week of July, leading to the culmination of the festival.
The UST Singers, under the direction of its founder and conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., won the highly coveted title twice in 1995 and 2010, making them the only choir in the competition’s history to achieve this astounding feat.
This new victory is another feather in the choir’s cap, making them uniquely three-time champions.