- The multi-awarded UST Singers bagged the 2019 Choir of the World of Champion of Champions, making them the only choral group to achieve an astounding feat
- The Manila-based singers have also won the title in 1995 and 2010
- They won in an online poll organized by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod where 32 more groups vied for the title
The University of Santo Tomas Singers became the winningest choral group in the world after bagging the 2019 Choir of the World Champion of Champions title for the third time.
The multi-awarded choral group emerged as the winner in an online voting organized by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod based in the United Kingdom, where the public was given the chance to choose the best choir from all the past 32 grand prize winners of the music festival, a report said.
Through Llangollen.TV, online voters were able to view the performances of the contestants during the music festival that takes place every year on the second week of July. Some of the countries, which also vied for the title, were the United States, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Hungary, and Bulgaria.
Online voters were given more than a month to cast vote for the best choral group in the world. It started from the first week of June until the second week of July. Last July 8, the Espana, Manila-based choral group received the good news declaring them as the winner of the online poll; making them the only group to ever bag the award three times.
Before this year, the UST Singers previously won Choir of the World Champion in 1995 and 2010 under the direction of its founder and conductor, Professor Fidel Gener Calalang Jr.
Their performance of “Pok Pok Alimpako” by Francisco F. Feliciano and conducted by Calalang made them the competition’s winner in 1995 while their performance of “Her Sacred Spirit Soars” composed by Eric Whitacre and text by Charles Anthony Silvestri led them to win the same title in 2010. It was also conducted by Calalang.