The Tadeusz Tylewski Medical University of Gdańsk Choir is one of the oldest academic choirs in Poland. In the year 2006 it celebrated its 60th anniversary. The choir is a prize winner in many Polish and foreign competitions and festivals, including Knokke (Belgium), Middlesbrough (England), Cork (Ireland), Arezzo (Italy), Spittal an der Drau (Austria), Varna (Bulgaria), Tolosa (Spain), Rumia (Poland), Hajnówka (Poland) and Pardubice (the Czech Republic). The choir has given concerts in 25 countries around the world. Apart from cappella music programmes, it also performs gospel, with a band, and oratorios. It cooperates with cultural institutions of the Gdańsk region. For its performances so far, the Choir has been awarded a Golden Honor Badge (Złota Odznaka Honorowa) by the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras (Polski Związkek Chórów I Orkiestr). Since 1988 Jerzy Szarafiński, a graduate of the Music Academy in Gdańsk, has been the conductor and artistic director of the choir. In the year 2006, The MUG Choir conducted by Jerzy Szarafiński, won the golden medal in the Chamber Choirs category and two silver medals in the Musica Sacra and Gospel I Spirytualis categories, at the World Choir Olympics in Xiamen, China. Over 400 choirs from around the world took part in the Olympics.