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Radio Choir

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The Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) has always been, since it was founded shortly after the Second World War, the only choir in the Netherlands that performs the symphonic repertoire for large choirs at professional level. Choirmaster of The Groot Omroepkoor since 2015 is Klaas Stok, Peter Dijkstra is principal guest conductor since 2018.

The choir is closely associated with the Dutch public broadcasting world and regularly sings in radio concerts series, notably the NTR Saturday Matinee, AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert and Het Zondagochtend Concert (The Sunday Morning Concert). The repertoire in these series ranges from contemporary music (for instance commissioned works by MacMillan, Henze and Adams and Dutch composers including Wagemans, Visman and Vleggaar) to works from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and opera.

Many CD’s in the choir’s versatile discography received international praise, including its recording of  James MacMillans Sun-Dogs. In 2017 the choir and the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra together won the Concertgebouw Prize.

The choir has for long been allied to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. One remarkable moment in music history was the Netherlands and continental premiere of Britten’s War Requiem under the baton of the composer and Bernard Haitink in 1964. It was this work the choir and the RCO performed together in October 2018, this time under the baton of Mariss Jansons – who once praised the choir for its ‘the exceptionally high level’ during his time as Chief Conductor of the RCO.

The Groot Omroepkoor (Netherlands Radio Choir) has always been, since it was founded shortly after the Second World War, the only choir in the Netherlands that performs the symphonic repertoire for large choirs at professional level. Choirmaster of The Groot Omroepkoor since 2015 is Klaas Stok, Peter Dijkstra is principal guest conductor since 2018.

The choir is closely associated with the Dutch public broadcasting world and regularly sings in radio concerts series, notably the NTR Saturday Matinee, AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert and Het Zondagochtend Concert (The Sunday Morning Concert). The repertoire in these series ranges from contemporary music (for instance commissioned works by MacMillan, Henze and Adams and Dutch composers including Wagemans, Visman and Vleggaar) to works from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and opera.

Many CD’s in the choir’s versatile discography received international praise, including its recording of  James MacMillans Sun-Dogs. In 2017 the choir and the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra together won the Concertgebouw Prize.

The choir has for long been allied to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. One remarkable moment in music history was the Netherlands and continental premiere of Britten’s War Requiem under the baton of the composer and Bernard Haitink in 1964. It was this work the choir and the RCO performed together in October 2018, this time under the baton of Mariss Jansons – who once praised the choir for its ‘the exceptionally high level’ during his time as Chief Conductor of the RCO.