Dear a cappella fans,
the “a cappella” competition has to be canceled this year. To our great regret, the 13th international a cappella competition scheduled for April 27th to 30th cannot take place as planned: the difficult situation with rehearsals, performances and travel due to the corona pandemic still has the young a cappella talents under control in such a way that some of the ensembles already admitted to the competition still have difficulties rehearsing together or making the journey to the competition. More and more ensembles have recently had to cancel their participation, and in view of the spread of the omicron variant, it must be expected that other groups will also be forced to do so in the short term. Extensive and fair competition is therefore no longer possible. It is therefore with a heavy heart that the competition has to be canceled this year.
However, the cancellation will only affect the competition itself, which is planned for April 27th and 28th: We would still like to offer the other competition offers to national participants who are able to travel to Leipzig and to the festival audience. As usual, there will be an “a cappella master class” with Stephen Connolly for the approved German ensembles on April 29, which you can follow free of charge. The popular “a cappella showcase” will also take place on the same day – but due to the smaller scope of the program, entry will also be free this time. Anyone who has already purchased tickets for the Showcase can now have the tickets they have already purchased refunded – or donate the purchase price and use the purchased ticket as a seat reservation: For all previous buyers who do not exchange their tickets, they will be refunded when purchasing the Tickets are reserved for selected seats. All other interested parties are cordially invited to spontaneously come to the “a cappella showcase” and support the young ensembles.
It was not easy for the a cappella team to cancel the international a cappella competition for the third year in a row. We are therefore all the more hopeful about next year: the international a cappella competition will then take place from May 3rd to 6th, 2023. The concerts of the 2022 festival will take place from April 22nd to 30th as planned.