From 28 April to 7 May, the Russian capital will host the first Moscow Spring A Cappella international contest. More than one hundred vocal groups from Russia and abroad have applied to participate.
“A hundred and six applications have come in so far – 65 from Russia and 41 from the UK, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Singapore, and Georgia,” said Alexei Nemeryuk, Head of the Moscow Department of Trade and Services.
The Russian a cappella groups that have shown interest in taking part in the contest are based in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Volgograd, Perm, Krasnodar, and other cities.
The contest is part of the Moscow Spring festival, which will turn city streets, public gardens, squares in front of railway stations, shopping centre atriums and administrative building balconies into impromptu stages.
Applications will be accepted until 31 March, complete with a performance video recording and an informal oral account of the vocal group. Groups are allowed to have from 3 to 20 singers. The age range is 18-55. Only those with a 12 month minimum concert record are eligible.
Elimination round winners will perform to Muscovites and tourists at the Moscow Spring festival. Contest winners will be chosen by the public and a jury, and will receive money awards.