The Netherlands Chamber Choir is lauded by critics at home and abroad for its homogeneous sound and the soloist quality of its individual singers. The choir concentrates first and foremost on a cappella choral repertoire from the early Middle Ages to the present day. The Netherlands Chamber Choir has commissioned works from composers including Mauricio Kagel, James MacMillan and Sir John Tavener.
Felix de Nobel, its founder, served as the choir’s chief conductor from 1937 to 1972, a post held subsequently by Uwe Gronostay, Tõnu Kaljuste and Risto Joost.
Peter Dijkstra, who had previously held the post of principal guest conductor for ten years, has served as chief conductor since August 2015. Such leading conductors as Eric Ericson, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman have made guest appearances on more than one occasion with the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Paul Van Nevel is the choir’s honorary guest conductor.
The Netherlands Chamber Choir has a shared history with the Concertgebouw Orchestra dating back to 1946. The choir collaborated on three RCO concert programmes during the 2015–16 season, the female members of the chorus performing music by Benjamin and Ligeti in September and the full choir featuring in works by Bach in October and April.