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Philippines’ Aleron all-male choir to hold concert series in Europe in 2017

Aleron all-male choir goes on tour in Europe in 2017. Photo courtesy of Aleron.

Aleron all-male choir goes on tour in Europe in 2017. Photo courtesy of Aleron.

Aleron, one of the country’s top all-male choir recently launched their debut Christmas album “Dakilang Hiwaga.” Some of the songs will be used in their upcoming European Concert and Competition tour repertoire.

The choir aims to promote the world-class artistry of Filipinos especially in the field of music by koining prestigious choral singing festivals and competitions from May to July of 2017.

A major leg in the group’s tour is the 11th World Symposium for Choral Music in Barcelona, Spain. The event is hosted by the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) and will feature the world’s finest choirs and choral leaders. Aleron is one of IFCM’s ambassadors for 2017, and they are the only Filipino performer to have been invited to the event.

The group’s name, Aleron, is translated from Latin as “the winged one,”

Aleron was established in 2006 as the alumni ensemble of the Ateneo de Manila High School Glee Club under the musical direction of Christopher Ong Arceo. Today, the group is composed of male choristers from different backgrounds: most of which are from the Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines musical networks.

Aleron has been working towards broadening the all-male choral genre by continuously commissioning and premiering new works throughout its concert seasons. Among these composers are established names like Josefino Chino Toledo, Robin Estrada, and Mary Katherine Trangco.

The group has reaped several awards including the 1st Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival in August 2013; First Place at the 10th Busan Choral Festival and Competition (Busan, South Korea) (October 2014) ; Grand Prix Overall winner at the 31st Takarazuka International Chamber Chorus Contest in Takarazuka, Japan, July 2015; ;and 1st International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM), November 2015, to name a few. Featured choir from the Philippines

Music experts and critics have lauded the choir’s talent and achievements.

Prof. Eudenice Palaruan, acclaimed choral pedagogue, noted: “Aleron is not just an excellent choir, but an ideal community.”

According to Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng, conductor (Ateneo College Glee Club); Professor (UP College of Music), “Every time Aleron performs, they tell a convincing story. Excellent singing, substantive repertoire, innovative programming, and a humble presence that uplifts the soul.”

“A new instrument has emerged! The performances of ALERON have left the audience in awe and admiration. The broad spectrum of solid male voices of the group will surely provide reason and inspiration for composers to write new and interesting works for the expressive instrument that the group is becoming. We look forward to seeing and hearing more of ALERON and hopefully, for a long, long time,” said Mark Anthony Carpio, choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Dr. Robin Estrada, acclaimed Filipino composer, shared, “It is truly rare to find choral groups, especially non-professionals, who are daring enough to tackle and perform contemporary compositions. But what also sets them apart, is the sincere interest and dedication of each singer to learn, understand, and critique these new works and a willingness to collaborate with the creative process of the composer. The Philippines, has found a new treasure in this group.”

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