The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) – one could easily recast that acronym – is not a happy bunch of bunnies, we hear. In April this year IFCM declared the winner of a competition for new choral music: Frank Corcoran, former Professor at the Hamburg Conservatory.
After some delay in receiving the modest 5,000 Euro prize money, Corcoran received an email from Håkan Wickström, IFCM Treasurer, calling him ‘an idiot’ and… ouch… a ‘backward Finn far north of the Arctic circle’. The winner reached out for sympathy among other members, only to be threatened with breach of confidentiality action.The executive of IFCM has closed ranks behind Wickström. Who thought choir politics could turn so nasty?
The choral world has its major trade fair in Dortmund this weekend. Good opportunity to kiss and make up.