MUCE 2022 Choir Festival

Music Connects Europe

MUCE 2022 Choir Festival will take place between 21-23 July in Budapest. The participants will come from 7 countries. The choirs will present the oratorio “Reunion of Babel” by Kayamar, (Viktor Magyaróvári), composed for 7 choirs, consisting of 13 movements. Solo and conductor: Viktor Magyaróvári


  • Cappella Ecumenica (Wroclaw, Poland), conductor: Andrei Karatysheuski
  • Encuentros Vocal Ensemble (Argentina), conductor: Sylvia Leidemann
  • Ensemble 20.21. (Chambéry, France), conductor: Cyrill Colombier
  • neuer chor berlin (Berlin, Germany), conductor: Marina Kerdraon-Dammekens
  • Visszhang Choir (Kolozsvár, Romania), conductor: Botond Molnár
  • Seljo Mixed Choir (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina), conductor: Tijana Vignjević
  • Örökifjú Zenebarátok Kórusa (Budapest, Hungary), conductor: Veronika Belejné Apró
The festival is organized and hosted by the Örökifjú Zenebarátok Kórusa.

The antecedent of MUCE 2022 was VOCE 2014-2018 (Voices from Citizens of Europe) Choir Festival, which took place in different countries for 5 years, where the Örökifjú Zenebarátok Kórusa (“Ageless Music Lovers’ Choir”) also took part. The VOCE Festival began in Sarajevo in 2014 and ended in 2018 in Berlin. The message of that festival was that singing together, we remember the victims of World War I, and also, we show a mutual commitment to peace.

Most of the choirs arriving in Budapest participated in VOCE Festival, but there will be some newcomers, too.

The singers are currently rehearsing the parts of the oratorio. Several parts are in English, some are in the language of the participating choirs, and the finale is in ’camirami’, which is a made-up language, created by the composer, Kayamar.

Before the presentation, the choirs will have common rehearsals with the instructions of the composer, in order to ‘harmonize’ the complete piece.

The premiere takes place at 5 p.m. on July 23 in the
House of Music Hungary. (1146 Budapest, Olof Palme sétány 3.)

Prior to the premiere, at 6 p.m. on July 22, the participating choirs will perform “mini concerts” in the garden of
Gül Baba Türbe (1023 Budapest, Mecset u. 14.)

The mission of the festival is that with the common language of music we all have to vote for peace.
MUsic is the common language of peaCE.

Both concerts are free of charge.


Cappella Ecumenica

Wroclaw, Poland

The Chamber Choir "Cappella Ecumenica" was founded in 1999. From the very beginning of its existence the choir has concentrated on a repertoire of various religions and cultures to the joy of its audiences as well as its performers, led by Adam Rajczyba. The music director and conductor of the choir since 2021 is Andrei Karatysheuski.

It has been the choir's main premise to sing to the glory of God without any religious prejudice and to build a basis of tolerance and respect toward others. Music itself is the universal medium rooted in the idea that the choir and the church music have an even deeper dimension - it's our thankful prayer to God for the talents He himself has bestowed upon us.

Every year Cappella Ecumenica participates in many liturgical feasts performing the repertoire appropriate for the liturgical period and, in this way, enriches many of Wroclaw's church services. The choir is also invited to many secular events, performing music to exhibitions, national and university ceremonies, city celebrations and different anniversary feasts. Due to the nature of the choir's profile and performed music, Cappella Ecumenica is also engaged in many ecumenical meetings and happenings.

The choir’s repertoire consists of classical choral music (both sacred and secular) from the early Renaissance through the Baroque period to contemporary music. Capella Ecumenica also performs gospel and spiritual music.

Encuentros Vocal Ensemble


The Encuentros ('Encounters') Vocal Ensemble was found by the Argentinian-Hungarian conductor Sylvia Leidemann by the students of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1986. Nowadays it mainly consists of professional musicians, representatives of Hungarian musical and musical pedagogical life, conductors, music teachers and performers. The Encuentros Ensemble endeavors to present to the European audience beyond works of early music the wondrous rich world of the living South American folk music through choir arrangements. Besides, the ensemble always entertains its audience with popular melodies and works of tango, bossa nova and other 20th century Latin music styles too.

During concerts the members of the ensemble also perform as instrumental or vocal soloists and many times provide instrumental accompaniment too, however illustrious Latin American guest artists also often contribute to the performances.

The Encuentros Ensemble undertook to promote several fields of music along the researches of its artistic director and chief conductor Sylvia Leidemann. Spanish Renaissance works and Baroque a capella pieces play significant role in its repertoire, as well as South American and Hungarian Baroque religious works, i.e. the still unknown and unpublished pieces from the collections of the Bolivian Jesuit Mission of Chiquitos and the Lutheran Archives of Sopron. (The comparative analysis of the two latter sources of Baroque music – on request of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – is the main research theme of Sylvia Leidemann, who lives in Buenos Aires but also often visits Hungary due to her musical activities.)


Ensemble 20.21.

Chambéry, France

Created in September 2006, Ensemble 20.21. is a mixed choir specialized in music of the 20th and 21st centuries and open to contemporary creation. It brings together 20 amateur and professional singers from Savoie and the Rhône-Alpes Region, all looking for a repertoire open to contemporary aesthetics, reporting a strong musical ambition and a risk-taking on forms of production.

Its primary goal is to support the practice and dissemination of music of the 20th and 21st centuries welcomes other artists at the turn of its various creative projects.

The ensemble 20.21. is constantly open to any artistic opportunity beyond the purely musical framework, it is a force of innovative proposals whether in the search for concerts, meetings with other choirs and other artistic disciplines.

The set 20.21. wishes to be at the initiative of various artistic and educational projects:

  • dissemination of contemporary vocal music in its diversity
  • meeting with new audiences
  • openness to partnerships (artistic, institutional and private structures)
  • meeting with other vocal and instrumental ensembles
  • invitation of composers, choral conductors, to enrich the projects

The artistic direction is in the hands of Cyrille Colombier, Choir Director and Music Teacher in Annecy, Haute-Savoie.


neuer chor Berlin

Berlin, Germany

The “neuer chor Berlin” was funded in 1987. The choir consists of 25 – 30 singers, performing a-capella-music from all musical periods with an emphasis on contemporary compositions. Over the years, the choir performed the choral works of several contemporary composers including premieres of their works.

The choir has performed in different locations in Europe and especially took part in the European VOCE-Project in 2017 and 2018.

In 2019, Marina Kerdraon-Dammekens took over the position of choral director. The present delegation at the MUCE-Festival in Budapest is happy to keep the contact to the partner-choirs.


Örökifjú Zenebarátok Kórusa

Budapest, Hungary

The Ageless Music Lovers’ Choir (Örökifjú Zenebarátok) was founded in 2014 by singers of Jeunesses Musicales Choir Hungary after its director’s death. We are following the 50-year legacy of our respected founder conductor Gábor Ugrin. Our predecessor choir gave numerous concerts in Hungary and in foreign countries, among others in France, Belgium, Italy, Great Britain and Austria. Their renowned performances covered several music genres, including oratorios. The Ageless Music Lovers’ Choir is dedicated to follow these traditions, supplemented by keeping pace with the new musical trends, enabling the choir to perform both classical and lighter genres. Our repertoire consists of oratorios, masses, Kodály choir pieces and modern, popular vocal arrangements as well.

The Music Director was Viktor Magyaróvári (Kayamar) till 2021. As he is a composer too, we are continuously presenting the pieces composed by him. From August 2021 Veronika Apró Belejné is our new conductor, who also used to sing in the Jeunesses Musicales Choir. By her inspiration, the choir is indulging in the afore mentioned traditions, aligned with a wide scope of foreign and Hungarian contemporary choir pieces.


Mixed Choir SELJO

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Mixed Choir Seljo, a part of the Academic Cultural Center of the University of Sarajevo "Seljo" , after downtime during the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, was formed again and began working in 2007.

The choir cherishes the traditional music of Bosnia and Herzegovina, songs by authors from the region, as well as the classical choral repertoire. It gathers amateur singers of different ages and is always open to new members.

So far, the choir has participated in several local festivals (Baščaršijske noći 2007, 2008 and 2009, Festival of Choirs of the Cultural and Artistic Associations Sarajevo 2007, 2008, 2009, Review of choral creativity Bosanska Krupa 2009 and 2015), and in addition to concerts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Seljo choir traveled to Vojvodina (R Serbia, 2008), Ohrid (Macedonia, 2009), where it won the third prize at the international competition of choirs, Balkan folk-fest in Kiten (Bulgaria, 2010), the Netherlands in 2011 and France in 2012, as part of the project La Viva, which fights for human rights with its singing, and Croatia 2014. In May 2016, the choir won a gold medal at an international choir competition in Bijeljina (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and not long after that had a concert tour in Munich (Germany). In 2018 Seljo participated in the Choral festival at Montecatini (Italy), where they met a choir from Zalaegerszeg (Hungary) and had mutual concert visits the following year.

In the concert season 2012 /2013 chorus was a regular participant in the evenings with the prominent Bosnian poet Abdulah Sidran at the Chamber Theatre 55 in Sarajevo.

Choir Seljo collaborates with numerous choirs from abroad (Finland, Netherlands, France, Serbia, Croatia, Norway, Hungary...). The conductor of the choir is Tijana Vignjević.



Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Enthusiastic students (but not exclusively) who don't study music, but love to sing, can try their voices in the Visszhang (Echo) choir. We are actually celebrating the choir’s 45th anniversary this year. The choir is composed of nearly 40 members, who study or studied computer science, physics, economy, management, languages, sociology, physiotherapy and many more. It's so good to be part of a community of likeminded people, but even more amazing is to sing beautiful harmonies together. The repertoire of the choir matches the diversity of its members, so everyone can find something to like: from early baroque to contemporary classical music, even rock and pop music adaptations. Since the summer of 2008, the choir has been exploring the secrets of music under the direction of Botond Molnár, a physicist. The main driving force of the Visszhang choir is the inexhaustible level of enthusiasm of its members, which allows them to serve the audience with unique and exciting musical cocktails.



Sightseeing programs

# Name Description Time Link
1 Traces of Franz Liszt guided tours and walk Music Academy 15:00, 50 min, Old Academy of Music 16:10, guided tours, Heroes' Square brief Hungarian history 3h
2 Opera house guided tour Opera guided tour and small concert with opera singers 2h30m
3 House of Parliament guided tour A walk through the House of Parliament - guided tour 1h
4 Walk on the bank of Danube MÜPA (best accustic hall in the world in 2014) Tram No.2 Belvárosi Church Serbian Church The Pesti Vigado from the outside Walk on Danube promenade Building of MTA Building of House of Parliament from outside 3h

5 Central Market Hall (Fővámtér) Small group walk in the hall with the possibility of shopping, possibly with a traditional buffet upstairs 1h30h
6 Art Deco Cafes - walk Gerbeaud Párisi Passage Café Central Grand Cafe New York Café 3h30m

7 Pest, inner city walk Museum classic style 1800, Kalvin square, Kecskemét gate, Medieval City wall, Bástya park, Serbian church, Flood level in Pest 1835, Károlyi palace classic style garden, Váci street, Remains of the Roman, Map of the Roman settlements along the Danube in the square, Belvárosi church gothic and baroque + lookout from the baroque tower 3h30m

8 Castle district - walk Europe park, Institute of Musicology, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Royal Palace, Castle Garden Bazaar 3h30m

9 Excursion in the green forest of Buda By bus nr.11 to the terminal station, Walk: Apáti-Rock, then down to the tram station, with tram to Hűvösvölgy, with the Children's Railway to Jánoshegy stop (ticket), Jánoshegy, down with a chairlift (ticket) 3h30m


Download the lyrics of Reunion of Babel (HUN)     
Download the lyrics of Reunion of Babel (ENG)     
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dr. Gábor Halász

(Ageless Music Lovers' Choir)

Zsuzsanna Horváth

(Ageless Music Lovers' Choir)

dr. Dóra Horváth

(Ageless Music Lovers' Choir)