About

Meesters&Gezellen is a series of concerts by young professional singers (Gezellen) and experienced colleagues (Meesters). Twenty Gezellen and four Meesters from the Helsinki Chamber Choir will prepare a challenging programme under the musical direction of Nils Schweckendiek (chief conductor of the Helsinki Chamber Choir). They will perform eight concerts throughout the Netherlands.

The project’s goal is to offer young singers experience in ensemble singing at a high level, in addition to their solo-singing education. Participants will become acquainted with Finnish repertoire, the Finnish sound, and the Finnish way of working together.

The repertoire

Erik Bergman – Finland – (1911-2006): Sommarnatt (1945), Swedish
Jean Sibelius – Finland – (1865-1957): Rakastavara (1893), Finnish
Kaija Saariaho – Finland – (born 1952): Nuits, Adieux (1996), French
Beat Furrer – Zwitserland – (born 1954): Enigmas I-III (2006-2008), Italian
Einojuhani Rautavaara – Finland – (1928-2016): Vespers (1971), Finnish

The repertoire contains substantial solo parts, to be performed by the Gezellen.

We are looking for:

Young professional singers, with well-developed solo voices.

We offer:

• Intensive preparation with singing coach Geert Berghs and singers of the Helsinki Chamber Choir.
• Rehearsals and concerts conducted by Nils Schweckendiek.
• A reasonable fee per concert. The final amount will depend on the awarded grants.

Do you want to participate?

For additional practical information, as well as the application procedure, click here.

Young singers tell why they participated

Looking back at Meesters&Gezellen 2015

Listen to fragments of the 2017 edition

Click here for an overview of all Meesters&Gezellen editions.