For more than eighty years, the Netherlands 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”.
Participation and talent development play a vital role in the choir’s mission. The Netherlands has thousands of amateur choirs and numerous youth choirs. The Netherlands Chamber Choir provides coaching and workshops, and ‘adopts’ choirs as support act for their own concerts. Additionally, the choir invests in talent development by offering traineeships to talented young singers, allowing them to create and develop new musical ideas and styles at the highest level possible.
Since September 2015 Peter Dijkstra has been chief-conductor of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. He is one of the most in demand choral conductors world-wide and is known for his sparkling performances. Amongst his predecessors were such renowned conductors like Uwe Gronostay, Tõnu Kaljuste, Stephen Layton, Risto Joost and founder Felix de Nobel.