In June 2022 members of the world famous Latvian Radio Choir – conducted by Sigvards Kļava – will acquaint the Gezellen with the 20th century work of exclusively Latvian composers.
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Listen to the podcast made by Leo Samama, explaining the programme.
Edition 2021 in retrospect: ‘Dutch Harvest’ led by Daniel Reuss
In September 2021 the Meesters joined Cappella Amsterdam and were led by conductor Daniel Reuss. Together with 20 enthused Gezellen they performed 7 concerts throughout the entirety of the country.
Edition 2021: ‘Dutch Harvest’ led by Daniel Reuss
“The Netherlands are, in every single way, a country of choirs and choral singing. Not just since the Reformation in the 16th century, but already – as a part of the Low Countries – with Flanders and Northern France since the late 14th century. And up to this day, Dutch composers have guarded our reputation as a choral country,” writes Leo Samama in the programme of the 2021 edition ‘Dutch Harvest’, led by Daniel Reuss.
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Edition 2020 in retrospect: ‘Ensemble Aedes’ led by Mathieu Romano
In January and February of 2020, four members of the French a cappella choir Ensemble Aedes and their conductor Mathieu Romano visited the Netherlands to acquaint 20 young, professional singers with their reportoire and French culture. They could be heard on seven different stages throughout the country, performing music by Poulenc, Hersant, Barbara and Brel.
You can listen to a selection of the recordings over here and see who joined in this year!
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Edition 2019 in retrospect: ‘The Magic of the Finnish Night’ led by Nils Schweckendiek
From the 6th until the 14th of March, the Meesters&Gezellen could be heard performing throughout the country with the 2019 edition ‘The Magic of the Finnish Night’. Naturally the romantic Jean Sibelius would be a part of the programming, but the ensemble truly shined when it performed work by the Finnish composers Kaija Saariaho and Erik Bergman, the father of Finnish modernism. A highlight were the Vespers by Einojuhani Rautavaara: modern music with its roots in the old liturgy of the Orthodox Church. Recordings can be listened to below and more information can be found here.
Edition 2018 in retrospect, led by Daniel Reuss
The 2018 edition revolved around both contemporary and ancient notes, combined with three renowned masterpieces from the repertoire. The programming had been put together by Daniel Reuss who has successfully, both nationally and abroad, demonstrated how a chamber choir can reach the highest levels. –> Read more
Recorded in the Sint-Janskerk in Maastricht. Thanks to Ognjen Milivojsa and Albert Jan de Boer.
Listen back to Edition 2018
Recordings: Albert Jan de Boer / AJdB Multimedia.
What makes ensemble singing so special?
The maestro, the Meesters and Gezellen, initiator and singing coach Geert Berghs, and composer Lucas Vis talk about what makes singing in an ensemble so special.
Video: Jochem Bosselaar
Edition 2017 in retrospect: ‘Northern European choral traditions’, led by Sigvards Kļava
This year the Latvian maestro Sigvards Kļava put together a programme emphasizing Northern European choral traditions, consisting of works by the Finnish Einojuhani Rautavaara, the Estonian Arvo Pärt, the Latvian Pēteris Vasks and Ēriks Ešenvalds, and the Swedish Sven-David Sandström.
Take a listen
- The last few editions can be listened to over here.
- The concert of February the 28th, performed in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam and broadcast by Avondconcert on NPO Radio 4 (Omroep Max) can be listend to over here.
Young singers talk about their favourite compositions
Video: Stefan Saalmink
Edition 2016 in retrospect: Avondconcert on NPO Radio 4
The concert of February 10 was performed by Meesters&Gezellen in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam. The performance was broadcast during Avondconcert on NPO Radio 4 by Omroep Max on the 14th of February.
Edition 2015 in retrospect
Video: Pergamijn Film