-The Philippine Madrigal Singers won the Grand Prix at the recently concluded 64th International choral Competition held in Arrezo, Italy
-Qualifying for the European Grand Prix to be held in Tolosa in 2017, the Madrigal Singers is one of only four choir groups to ever win to Grand Prix
-The Philippine choral group was founded by Prof. Andrea O. Veneracion in 1963
The Philippine Madrigal Singers bagged the Grand Prix at the 64th International choral Competition held in Arezzo, Italy on Saturday, August 27.
Chris Millado, vice president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, shared the news in an announcement on Facebook. This win grants them a ticket for the European Grand Prix to be held in Tolosa, Spain in 2017.
According to Chris, this is the second time that the Philippine Madrigal Singers (or more popularly known as the Madz) to win the European Grand Prix. He added that should the Madz win in Tolosa this 2017, they will be the only choral group in the world to win the Grand Prix 3 times.
The proud singing group posted on Facebook their thank you message to everyone.
"Para sa bayan, sa iyo Ma'am OA, at sa ating Panginoon!" (For country, to you Ma'am OA and to our Lord.)
Currently, the chorale group is on tour in Europe and the Middle East along with their choirmaster Mark Anthony A. Carpio.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers is one of the most popular choral groups in Asia. They have won various accolades including the grand prize in the European Choral Grand Prix in Choral Singin in Tours, France way back in 1997, and the grand prize at the Florilege de Tours choral competition in France back in 2006.
The group was founded and established in 1963 by the late Andrea O. Veneracion. The Philippines-based choral group is the first in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice. To date, only four choir groups have attained this achievement.
The group is best known for its trademark performance stance; singing seated in a semicircle without a conductor.