This Easter Defrost went straight to the top in Budapest International Choir Competition in Hungary.
Defrost’s ambitions for this Easters competition was not to just bring home precious metal Norway, but also to win at least one of the categories in the 15th international choir competition in Budapest. And we succeeded by taking gold medals and become champions in both of the categories we participated in; mixed youth choir and pop/gospel.
“The singers have worked hard and focused until competition with a demanding repertoire,” says conductor Thomas Caplin.
Mr. Caplin believe it’s a win for both the Norwegian choir society and the singers when we managed to assert ourselves so well in international competitions.
“To beat internationally recognized choirs from both Sweden and Hungary, confirms choir high level today,” said Mr. Caplin.
“We are a choir who dare to pursue unconventional. One of the pieces in the pop/gospel category, Defrost Mashup is arranged by two choir’s singers; Sigmund Bjørnhaug and Gard Hofshagen. Mr. Caplin says this is something you see very rarely in international choircompetitions.
In class mixed youth choir had Defrost world premiere with the piece Invictus by the famous and renowned jazz composer Ivo Antognini.
“We have confidence that we know the pieces well enough. We let the energy drop from our brain and down to the heart when we perform in order to display radiance and joy on stage. This is something that both the audience and judges experiences. Defrost’s goal is to continue to defrost music and melt peoples hearts” says Mr. Caplin.
Chairman Jørgen Lundsveen is very pleased with the choirs accomplishments:
“It has been joyful and fun to be a Norwegian choir supporter in Budapest this Easter. The singers has been great ambassadors for Norway and has also made a numerous spontaneous appearances there, including a river cruise on Donau river”, he said.