The Netherlands Radio Choir

Groot Omroepkoor, Concertgebouw 2015 (c) Hans van der Woerd

Choir leader: Klaas Stok
Permanent guest conductor: Michael Gläser
First guest conductor (from 01-09-2018): Peter Dijkstra

 

With its 60 members the Netherlands Radio Choir is one of the largest and most versatile professional choirs in the world. Since its formation shortly after the Second World War, the choir has been closely connected with Netherlands Public Broadcasting. It has performed numerous Dutch and international premières of contemporary repertoire, and regularly presents older works that are seldom performed. All its concerts are broadcast by Dutch Radio 4 in the public broadcasting series NTR Saturday Matinee, AVROTROS Friday Concerts and the Concertgebouw's Sunday Morning Concert series. The Netherlands Radio Choir is also a regular participant in special productions of the Holland Festival.

 

In September 2017 the choir received the Concertgebouw Prize 2017, together with its partner, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The choir also regularly works with other orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

 

As from August 2015 Klaas Stok is the choir leader. In September 2010, Michael Gläser was appointed principal guest conductor. From the 2012-2013 season until August 2015 Gijs Leenaars was chief conductor. He was preceded by Kenneth Montgomery, Robin Gritton, Martin Wright, Simon Halsey and Celso Antunes. Peter Dijkstra has been appointed First Guest Conductor starting in September 2018.

 

 

‘Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov took the audience on this musical rollercoaster journey with just the right balance of gusto and sensitivity. He drew rich and beautiful coulours from the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and their performance, as well as that of the Groot Omroepkoor, was at all times no less than captivating.’ (Bachtrack, September 14th 2014. Tsjaikovski – Mazeppa, Amsterdam Concertgebouw)

 

‘The audience jump to their feet the minute conductor Markus Stenz lowers his baton after the final notes of The Rise of Spinoza have drifted away in the ample acoustics of the big hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Groot Omroepkoor and soloists are cheered for minutes’. (Thea Derks, Bachtrack - World premiere of Theo Loevendie’s The Rise of Spinoza, October 11th 2014)