Over the Hull International Choir Competition, the streets were alive with the sound of music!
In April, Conference Hull welcomed Interkultur’s first International Choir Conference and it’s safe to say the event was a phenomenal success.
- 1000 delegates
- 27 choirs
- 10 nations
- 8 venues
- 2000 hotel room night stays
- 1 opening ceremony
- 9 competitions
- 1 Gala Concert
- 6 friendship concerts
- 69 volunteers who volunteered 373 man hours
- …and 1 spectacular closing ceremony
The team at Conference Hull worked closely with Interkultur to make all aspects of this event successful. The Conference Hull team coordinated site visits, liaised and booked multiple venues and locations, arranged accommodation for all visiting delegates, created an array of marketing materials and city dressing, coordinated volunteers and a whole host of other added extras to make sure the choir competition had that special Hull touch.
Conference Hull approached a collection of local artists and tasked them with creating trophies to reflect Hull and its heritage. 9 trophies were collaboratively handmade by 3 artists, each one as unique and spectacular as the choir they were awarded to. The designs were inspired by Hull’s rich maritime history and reflected the overseas journey necessary for many of the choirs. Interkultur were overwhelmed with the uniqueness and attention to detail of the trophies.
A Warm Welcome
It is noted by locals that one of the most successful things to come out of Hull being City of Culture in 2017 was the HEY Volunteer Programme. The programme allows local residents to volunteer at a variety of events to help provide extra support in a range of different capacities. HEY Volunteers acted as ‘hosts’ for the choirs across the weekend, guiding the around the city, answering their questions about the region and becoming their biggest supporters. Having these dedicated volunteers not only helped choirs to arrive to their venues on time but also encouraged them to explore further in Hull, visit local attractions and fall in love with our city. The bonds created between the choirs and the volunteers were incredible (the last day was very emotional) highlighting just how special our HEY Volunteers really are.
The streets of Hull were awash with green and white as the Conference Hull team worked hard to not only advertise the weekend to local residents but also to make our visitors feel truly welcomed. Banners, posters and leaflets were created plus the extra special feature of lighting up the city centre buildings in green and blue to reflect the competition’s branding colours.
The team at Conference Hull look forward to welcoming back Interkultur and Hull’s 2nd International Choir Competition in 2025!