Welcome to Utrecht!
Utrecht is located in the heart of the Netherlands and home of some of the finest choirs from the Netherlands like the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Dekoor Close Harmony. The city also houses the Netherlands Student Chamber Choir, Kurt Thomas Course, the national youth choirs of Vocaal Talent Nederland and many other choirs and vocal organisations from the Netherlands. The Pieterskerk presents one of the longest running choral series in Europe, already over 25 years!
In 2009, Utrecht was hosting the EUROPA CANTAT festival, so maybe you’ve visited this medieval city before? With over 100 churches, the state of the art concert venue TivoliVredenburg and many great venues for workshops and lectures only a few footsteps away from each other, Utrecht is the perfect place to house a festival. The city is easy to reach, within 30 minutes you travel with a direct train from Schiphol Airport (AMS) to the heart of the city.
Utrecht & Music
The city has a long, diverse and rich history in the area of music, which is still felt and seen in all of the capillaries of the cultural infrastructure in our city. In earlier times, composers such as Mozart, Händel, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Jochaim honoured the city with a visit and worked here for a shorter or longer period of time. Händel composed the famous Utrecht Te Deum, which is still performed on a regular basis. The city iitself also produced great composers, appealing examples of whom are Johan Wagenaar, Hendrik Andriessen, Peter Schat and Herman Strategier.
Utrecht in 2022, celebrating 900 years of city rights
In 2022, Utrecht will celebrate 900 years of enjoying city rights! Although the city was founded over 2000 years ago as part of the Roman Empire, the city was only the second one in the Netherlands with city rights: the rights to build a wall tio defend itself and to raise certain taxes. In 2022 celebrations will be held between June 2nd and November 11th. As June 2nd is the official day for having the rights 900 years ago and November 11th is the official celebration of St. Maarten (St. Martin), patron saint of Utrecht.
Utrecht houses the largest creative class in the Netherlands, and has an excellent and intricate educational network, in which the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (School of the Arts) plays an important role through the Utrecht Conservatorium (Academy of Music). The Kathedrale Koorschool (Cathedral Choir School) is generally known for its thorough educational approach and special vocal artistic projects. Thanks to its two universities, Utrecht has a flourishing and diverse student musical life with regular performances.
So much more
Utrecht has more! Amongst the many museums in Utrecht you can find the Miffy museum dedicated to the sweet little white bunny created by Dick Bruna. Or the Rietveld House, designed by one of the famous architects in Utrecht. You can find many, many festivals like the Early Music Festival and the Gaudeamus festival and Le Guess Who, all festivals presenting different music genres.
The City of Utrecht, with its inextricable combination of rich past and dynamic present, is a truly unique place. This 2000 year old city invites you to stroll down the quaint streets and along the canals in the Utrecht Museum Quarter and sample the pleasant, intimate atmosphere for which Utrecht is famous. 75,000 students represent the character of this lively city of creative young people. Enjoy our beautiful city!