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Contributed by Sr. Ma Anunciata, SPC

Date: July 21, 2019Posted by: Marionette Martinez

Ramon Lijauco Jr., Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) student of SPU Manila and Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus’ Filipino conductor and music director, won the Jayne Davies Prize for Most Outstanding Conductor during the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival’s Choir of the World 2019 held in Wales, United Kingdom.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a music festival which takes place every year during the second week of July in Llangollen, North Wales. It is one of several large annual Eisteddfodau in Wales. Singers and dancers from around the world are invited to take part in over 20 competitions followed each evening by concerts on the main stage. Over five thousand singers, dancers and instrumentalists from around 50 countries perform to audiences of more than 50,000 over the six days of the event.

Famous performers at Llangollen have included Luciano Pavarotti (who first competed in Llangollen in 1955 with his father and a choir from their home town Modena, and for whom the Eisteddfod's principal trophy – the Choir of the World Pavarotti Trophy – is named.)

Lijauco also led Thailand’s Suanplu Chorus to win the 1st Prize in the Open Category of the competition held on 7 July 2019.

“I am delighted and honored to be among you, Suanplu Chorus. You have given your all and did your best to this musical endeavor, and have achieved such a high level of performance. I am proud of you,” Lijauco said in a Facebook post.

Ending with the highest score of 93.7 percent, the judges also praised Suanplu Chorus for its artistic arrangements and high standard of vocals. Established in 2000, Suanplu Chorus has been a pioneer in combining the beauty of Thai music with Western choral tradition. Lijauco started leading the choir in 2017.

Ramon Lijauco Jr. also brought the Adventist University of the Philippines Ambassadors to the same competition in 2011, bringing home the top awards in three categories, including the Choir of the World title and the Pavarotti trophy. (from GoodNews Pilipinas)