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Above is a video of the Johnston Heights Secondary choir performing Ay Ay Ay O Pag Ibig at the Golden Hall in Vienna, courtesy of Dale Chupik.
The Johnston Heights Secondary School Choir won first place and was given an "outstanding" designation at a global music competition in Austria.
The choir, the only group from Canada at the Summa Cum Laude (SCL) International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, out-performed ensembles from Australia and China, which placed second and third, respectively.
The 80-member Surrey choir has been preparing for the competition for three years under the direction of teacher Alan Holmes. The students sing songs in Spanish, Latin, English German, a Nootka dialect and Tagalog. During the trip, they have toured through Holland, Germany, Austria and Prague, performing close to a dozen concerts over 14 days in impressive venues such as the Cologne and Salzburg cathedrals.
The SCL competition included more than 2,000 youth participants from 12 countries. It culminated with the Johnston Heights choir and soloist Deanna Miranda performing the Summa Cum Laude anthem in front of an audience of 2,000 at one of the most famous concert halls in Europe: the Vienna Konzerthaus (below).
See the full results HERE.