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Lustrum Concert: Rossini – Petite Messe Solennelle

Saturday evening 17th November, the Temple Hall in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Sunday afternoon 18th November, the Groene Kerkje, Oegstgeest

Our big anniversary concert took place in November. We performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle twice. A very challenging piece – “the work is more swirling than contemplative and demands endurance and virtuosity of choir and soloists that are less common in liturgical music”, so that we didn’t have time to get bored in the second half of our lustrum year.

Conductor: Jeroen Spitteler
Piano: Femke de Graaf
Harmonium: David Jansen
Soprano: Francis van Broekhuizen
Mezzosoprano: Elsbeth Gerritsen
Tenor: Guy Cutting
Bariton: David Visser

With special thanks to our sponsors:
Fonds 1818
VSB Fonds

Summer Concert: And There Was a Great Calm


Sunday 17th June 2018,
Lokhorstkerk Leiden

2018 year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War – a war that changed the world. Convinced that they were fighting for a worthy cause and would return home victorious after a short battle, soldiers departed enthusiastically for the front. But there were no winners in this war, only losers. The First World War claimed millions of lives. Empires and kingdoms disappeared. Families and communities were disrupted. All that remained was a feeling of utter futility.

On 17th June, the Leids Kamerkoor gave a concert entitled ‘And There Was a Great Calm’. With this concert, we not only wanted to commemorate, through the consoling beauty of music, those lost in this terrible war, but also to cherish the precious happiness of living in peace and freedom.

Programme

Ēriks Ešenvalds Trees
Jacob Handl Ecce quomodo moritur
Herbert Howells Requiem
Rudolf Mauersberger Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst
Maurice Ravel Trois Chansons
Ahmet Adnan Saygun Çanakkale İçinde
John Tavener Funeral Ikos
Tomas Luis de Victoria Caligaverunt Oculi Mei
William Monk Abide with Me
Anneke Wittop Koning The Sun is Couched

 

Leiden Hofjes Concerts 2018

Monday 21st May 2018, Leiden

Top music in top locations! On 21st May, Whit Monday, the Leids Kamerkoor was invited to sing in the 10th edition of the Leidse Hofjesconcerten: a festival where the Leiden audience can enjoy a variety of artists and music styles in the beautiful ambience of more than twenty Leiden courtyards (hofjes). Beautiful locations throughout the city – covered and in the open air – where performances take place.

We sang pieces from our summer concert And There Was a Great Calm.

For information and the full programme, visit the official website of the Leidse Hofjesconcerten.

Heritage Open Days 2017

10th September 2017, Pieterskerk, Leiden

Heritage Open Days 2017 took place across the Netherlands during a weekend in September. Thousands of monuments, recognisable by the Open Monumentendag flag, opened their doors to the public for free. On this occasion, the Leids Kamerkoor was invited to sing in Leiden. We performed excerpts from the Cycles Poétiques concert – poems set as musical miniatures by composers like Britten, Hindemith and Lauridsen.

Programme

Louis Andriessen  Un Beau Baiser
Anoniem 14de eeuw  Virgo Splendens (El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
Anoniem 14de eeuw  Laudemus / Splendens
David Lang  I Lie
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)  O La Biche / Un Cygne (Six Chansons)
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)  The Evening Primrose (Five Flower Songs)
Morten Lauridsen  La Rose Complete (Les Chansons des Roses)
Sergei Rachmaninov  Bogorodjietse Djevo (Vespers)

See the official Open Heritage Days website for more information about the event.

Summer Concert 2017: Cycles Poétiques

Sunday 26th June at 3.15pm, Chapel of the Bonaventura College, Leiden

Jeroen Spitteler, director

The bouquet that Benjamin Britten sent his friends Leonard and Dorothy Elmhirst in 1950 for their 25th anniversary will never wither.  He composed the “Five Flower Songs” song cycle specially for them.

These flower songs were at the heart of the Leids Kamerkoor’s “Cycles Poétiques” summer programme, along with some other 20th and 21st century song cycles.

Paul Hindemith, Morten Lauridsen and Anneke Wittop Koning also wrote song cycles that, just like Britten’s, are musically inspired by poems, expressing poetic imagery through musical miniatures.

The medieval pilgrim songs from the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat provided a wonderful complement to all this modern music.

Programme

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Five Flower Songs
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) Six Chansons
A. Wittop Koning The Earthen Door
Morten Lauridsen Les Chansons des Roses
Louis Andriessen Un Beau Baiser
David Lang I Lie
Anoniem 14de eeuw El Llibre Vermell de Montserrat

Click here for the poster.

Winter Concert 2017: from Dusk to Light

Sunday 29th January
Petruskerk, Leiden

Jeroen Spitteler, director

In the bleak midwinter, as daytime slowly lengthened, the Leids Kamerkoor performed its “from Dusk to Light” programme. The serene, timeless sounds of Hildegard von Bingen, soothing polyphony by Palestrina and Lassus. But also contemporary sounds of Gjeilo, Pärt and Whitacre.

Programme

Orlande de Lassus Miserere mei Domine
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Super Flumina Babylonis
Ad te levavi oculos meos
Felix Mendelssohn Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren
Arvo Pärt Triodion
Cyrillus Kreek Taaveti Laulud
Charles Villiers Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Eric Whitacre Sleep
Ola Gjeilo Northern Lights
Urmas Sisask Benedictio
Hildegaard von Bingen De Sancta Maria

Heritage Open Days 2016

Saturday 10th September 2016
Hooglandse Kerk, Leiden

Heritage Open Days 2016 took place across the Netherlands during the weekend of 10th-11th September. Thousands of monuments, recognisable by the Open Monumentendag flag, opened their doors to the public for free. On this occasion, the Leids Kamerkoor was invited to sing in the monumental Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden.

Programme

Healey Willan Rise up, my love, my fair one
Fair in the face
Eric Whitacre Three flowers songs – I hide myself
Josquin des Prez Mille regretz
Jeroen Spitteler Cantilene
Nicolas Gombert Amours vous me faictes gran tort
Francis Poulenc 8 chansons françaises – La belle si nous étions
8 chansons françaises – Ah, mon beau laboureur
8 chansons françaises – Les Tisserands

Summer Concert 2016: Rise up, my Love !

Sunday 26th June, Lokhorstkerk, Leiden

Jeroen Spitteler, director

On Sunday 26th of June we gave a concert at the Lokhorstkerk, titled ‘Rise Up, my Love’. Music about love, and what surrounds it…

Varied music from this, last, and also the 16th, century. A text from the biblical Song of Songs set the tone for the first half. An exuberant opening with strident rhythm. The ‘Three Flower Songs ” then challenged with its many triplets. Just before the break, some renaissance music with “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennett, which we sang by heart. During the break the audience could admire works of art by some of our choir members.

After the break we sang – again by heart – more renaissance music by Nicolas Gombert and Josquin Desprez, followed by a contemporary piece “Cantilene ‘, a “landscape of sound” composed by our conductor Jeroen Spitteler. Singing, we drifted to random spots in the church, transforming from the 16th into the 21st century.

After the atmospheric ‘Hey, góry z, z góry!’ from ‘Five Kurpian Songs’ by Górecki, we performed Francis Poulenc’s “Chansons Françaises”. Dutch translations of the text were read out by Jeroen and Heidi, respectively the conductor and the author of these fitting translations.

The audience was enthusiastic, which was not only reflected by their applause but also their smiling faces. Members of the choir shared a private joke while bowing to the count of “sinaasappelkastjes” …

Programme

Healey Willan Rise up, my love, my fair one
Fair in the face
Francis Poulenc 8 chansons françaises
Eric Whitacre Three flowers songs
Benjamin Britten Rosa mystica
Henryk Górecki Five Kurpian songs
Jeroen Spitteler Cantilene
Josquin des Prez Mille regretz
Nicolas Gombert Amours vous me faites
John Bennet Weep, O mine eyes

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