The choirs - The Netherlands’ finest
The repertoire of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, a full-time professional ensemble of 24 singers, consists primarily of a cappella music, covering the whole range from the Middle Ages up until the present day. For this reason the choir works with conductors who are specialists in particular periods of music. The choirmaster is Klaas Stok. Every season the choir brings its subscription series of a cappella concerts to 10 Dutch cities, as well as giving other performances both at home and abroad. In recent years, for instance, the choir has appeared in Canada, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Singapore, the USA and in many European countries. The Nederlands Kamerkoor has produced more than 70 CDs.
Collaboration and special projects determine the CV of the choir:
Guest conductors include: Paul Van Nevel, Tõnu Kaljuste, Eric Ericson, Uwe Gronostay, Simon Rattle, Ed Spanjaard, Ton Koopman, Grede Pederson, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Dijkstra, Frans Brüggen, Stephen Layton, Reinbert de Leeuw, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe
Projects with instrumental ensembles: Schönberg Ensemble, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Combattimento Consort, Orchestra of the 18th Century
Awards: Edisons in 1998 and 2000, Diapason D’Or and the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis
Netherlands Radio Choir
For more than sixty years, the Netherlands Radio Choir has been synonymous with top-level music performed with passion. The largest professional choir in the Netherlands with 74 vocalists, its repertoire ranges from a cappella Renaissance works to contemporary music.
The Netherlands Radio Choir has worked with guest conductors such as Marcus Creed, Peter Dijkstra, Stefan Parkman and Kaspars Putnins, with early music specialists such as Frans Brüggen, Philippe Herreweghe and Ton Koopman and in the extensive choral-symphonic repertoire with names such as Jaap van Zweden, Markus Stenz, Reinbert de Leeuw, John Adams, Sir Simon Rattle and Mariss Jansons. Brazilian conductor Celso Antunes has been chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir since the 2008-2009 season.
The 2009-2010 season displays the versatility of the Netherlands Radio Choir in a broad repertoire, ranging from Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time, conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Jaap van Zweden and Rachmaninov’s Kolokola with Hannu Lintu to the premiere of the prologue from the opera Wake by Klaas de Vries and the world premiere of the revised version of Tristan Murail’s Les sept paroles du Christ en croix. For choir a cappella there is work by Ton de Leeuw and Alphons Diepenbrock, conducted by chief conductor Celso Antunes. Naturally, the choir once again takes centre stage in great operas, including Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Catalani’s La Wally and the rarely heard Donizetti opera Caterina Cornaro. In various smaller groups, the choir will also perform a special programme of work by composers such as Schütz, Cavalli, Purcell, Sandström and Nystedt, conducted by Jos van Veldhoven, and Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, conducted by Frans Brüggen. The English version of two oratorios will be performed: Haydn’s The Creation with Philippe Herreweghe and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, where the choir will work for the first time with the Japanese conductor Masaaki Suzuki.