2018: Lustrum Year
In 2018, the Leids Kamerkoor celebrated its 30th anniversary with a dazzling lustrum year. Such a lustrum is always a wonderful occasion to bring an extra fun and special program to the stage. What’s more, it was a year in which a lot happened and many members of our choir worked actively to make the lustrum a successful and memorable year.
THE LUSTRUM PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
28th January: Kethel Evening Service
Our anniversary year kicked off with a performance in the evening music series at the village church Kethel on 28th January. We sang our program from the Maria concert; an excellent opportunity to share this program with a new audience..
18th February: Children’s Concert, Volkshuis, Leiden
We performed two concerts on Sunday afternoon in the Volkshuis. This concert was especially meant for children, to introduce them to the live experience of music. But of course it also offered our regular audience the opportunity to take their children, grandchildren, neighbors, and stepchildren to their favorite choir.
4th March: Choral Gathering Leiden, Scheltema
The Contact Group for Leiden Choirs organized a Choral Gathering on March 4th in the Scheltema (Marksteeg 1, Leiden) for which we have directly registered our choir. Purpose of the Choral Gathering: a relaxed and inspiring meeting between choirs, listening to each other and singing together. Awesome.
21st May: Leiden Hofjes Concerts, 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 took place. We sang works from our summer concert.
17th June: Summer concert in the Lokhorstkerk – And There Was a Great Calm
Our summer concert was almost a lustrum concert in itself. We had a very special theme: 100 years after the end of the First World War, for which we had already selected some brilliant choral works: Requiem (Herbert Howells) and Funeral Ikos (John Tavener). Anneke Wittop Koning also composed a special lustrum work for us, fitting in with the theme.
17th and 18th November: Lustrum Concert
Finally of course our big anniversary concert in November. We performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle twice in locations that are worthy of our lustrum: the Temple Hall in the Rijksmuseum and the Groen Kerkje in Oegstgeest. 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..