Opening Concert Leading Voices

LIVE
headline concert
composing - conducting - managing - teaching
Wednesday 20.30hrs
TivoliVredenburg

The opening concert of Leading Voices is a celebration of our means of communication: through soundmusic, words, and movement. Our voices connect us all and are being heard even stronger by using movement, body language or symbols. Either by sound like speech or singing, or by writing or creating images we make ourselves visible and we are able to connect to others. A connection that nurtures thoughts and emotions and overcomes distances in space and time. A connection that builds bridges between generations.

The opening concert stages five different choirs and ensembles from the Netherlands that each have their own unique sound and style. Their performances will be melted together by a musical collective. The concert is directed and choireographed by Panda van Proosdij.

Choirs performing in the opening concert

Nederlands Kamerkoor

Nederlands Kamerkoor

For more than eighty years, the Dutch Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) has enjoyed a place at the top of the international choral world. Since the very beginning the choir has been known for being adventurous and innovative. It owes this reputation to commissions of works by both well-known composers and young talent, and a continuous search for new formats and exciting collaborations. This results in concerts that appeal to all the senses. The choir has been praised by critics in and outside the Netherlands: “fearless” and “highly rewarding”, according to The Times (London, 2017) and NRC Handelsblad (Amsterdam, 2019): “amazing singing” and “highly relevant”. The choir will perform a brand new composition by Mathilde Wantenaar and will be conducted by Boudewijn Jansen.

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ZO! Gospel Choir

ZO! Gospel Choir

ZO! Gospel Choir is composed out of the best singing talent that the Netherlands has to offer. The choir was founded in 2010 in the Bijlmermeer which is situated at the South East of Amsterdam. Over the years ZO! Gospel Choir has grown into the best and most sought after choir of Netherlands. This multi-ethnic choir is under the inspiring musical leadership of Shirma Rouse and the “Dutch Queen of Soul , R & B and Gospel ” Berget Lewis.

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National Female Youth Choir

National Female Youth Choir

The National Female Youth Choir (Nationaal Vrouwen Jeugdkoor) was founded in 1996 and consists of young women between the ages of 16 and 30. Artistic director is Wilma ten Wolde. The choir performs a wide range of music from 1500 to the present day on professional stages at home and abroad. It regularly works with international guest conductors.

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VOISZ Vocal Projects

VOISZ Vocal Projects

VOISZ is a group of talented a cappella singers who want to touch and inspire. They search for the boundaries of light music by cooperating with other art disciplines. In each new ‘vocal project’ they look for a form of joint expression, with the aim of strengthening each other. Every collaboration results in a unique, experimental project. Our motto: anything goes as long as musicality and creativity are given free rein, while also keeping a high level of quality. The group is currently led by Ruben Grevelink.

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Netherlands Student Chamber Choir & Utrecht Studenten Cantorij

Netherlands Student Chamber Choir & Utrecht Studenten Cantorij

This special project choir is formed out of singers from both the Netherlands Student Chamber Choir and the Utrecht Studenten Cantorij. Conductors of those choirs are Béni Csillag and Fokko Oldenhuis. On this occasion Béni Csillag will conduct the two different pieces the choir will perform.

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Concert design

Panda van Proosdij - director

Panda van Proosdij - director

The opening concert will be directed by Panda van Proosdij with the help of Imre Ploeg (Netherlands Chamber Choir), Jeroen van Geffen (light design) and Dennis Essens (video). Panda gives workshops and masterclasses all over the world and created prize winning programs for choirs. She is a experienced director of musicals, concerts and operetta.

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About tickets

The opening concert is included in the registration fee of the passe partout.
Single tickets of the concert can be bought from 2 June 2022 via this dedicated link.