Sweet Victory: The Philippine Madrigal Singers share winning moment at Int’l Choral Competition in Italy

  • Philippine Madrigal Singers took home the Grand Prix at the 64th International Choral Competition, qualifying them for the European Grand Prix in Tolosa, Spain
  • Popularly called as The Madz, the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (UPMS) is one of the most popular choir groups in Asia
  • They garnered first prize in three out of four categories
  • They shared their winning moment via a video post

The Philippine Madrigal Singers took home the Grand Prix at the 64th International Choral Competition at Arezzo, Italy on Saturday, August 27, qualifying them for the European Grand Prix in Tolosa, Spain in 2017 wherein they will compete with five other choirs.

Popularly called as The Madz, the University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (UPMS) is one of the most popular choir groups in Asia; bagging various awards and the first choir group to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice which were held in Tours, France (1997) and Florilege de Tours, France (2006).

“If they are successful in their bid in Tolosa in 2017 this will make them the only choir in the world to win the Grand Prix 3 times!” said Chris Millado, vice president and artistic director of Cultural Center of the Philippines. “Mabuhay ang Philippine Madrigal Singers! Mabuhay ang artistang Pilipino!” he added.

They garnered first prize in three out of four categories (Compulsory Program, Musica Sacra, Monographic Music), and second prize in Secular Music.

Aside from this, they also won Best Performance of a Renaissance Piece and Listening Committee’s Choice for both Folk Song and Pop Song/Colours categories.

The choir is currently headed by conductor and musical director Mark Anthony Carpio who also joined The Madz on a tour in Europe and Middle East.

The Madz was established in 1963 by the late Andrea O. Veneracion.

Meanwhile, here’s their sweet victory vid clip. Congratulations again!

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