NKK NXT: Choral singers of the future

In concert season 22/23, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is collaborating with Rosa Ensemble for the newest edition of NKK NXT, the traineeship programme of the choir! For NKK NXT 22/23, the trainees become co-creators in a new co-production by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Rosa Ensemble: Minamitori. Click here for more information about NKK NXT 22/23.

The Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) makes impact: through innovative programming, unexpected collaborations and partnerships, and through a relevant artistic story. We consider training and preparing talented young singers to be a vital part of our mission and do so through our trainee programme NKK NXT. In the past years this has proven to be more than successful: NKK NXT 20/21, who presented their own performance: BLOOM to the public in the spring of 2021, have been touring with Wende in her new performance WILDERNIS. The trainees of  NKK NXT 21/22 presented their performance Re:quiem in April 2022. For NKK NXT 22/23, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is collaborating with the Utrecht-based Rosa Ensemble in an exciting new co-production in which trainees will collaborate, write and sing as co-creators. Read more about about NKK NXT 22/23 on this page!

NKK NXT is the talent development program of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The choir invests in the education and development of these talented your singers through a paid part-time placement as trainee, with extensive coaching by professionals from the choir and the cultural field. NKK NXT is a bridge between the musicians and creators fresh out of music school and the professional cultural field: a chance to gain valuable stage experience, but also a place to experiment, develop as an artist and creative professional, and to make new connections.

 

A scene from Kaapdiegoeiekoop, a beach opera developed in collaboration with Silbersee and Gouden Haas. The performances were cancelled because of Covid-19, but these video clips were made for the online version of festival Oerol in 2020.

The trailer of the performance BLOOM from NKK NXT 20/21.

The succes of NKK NXT has been proven by now – the first three editions resulted in engaging and moving performances, based on themes and subjects from the lives of these young singers. Pioneering group NKK NXT 17/18 explored the subject of burn-outs among young people, the second year developed an alarming vision of a post-human world where technology gained a place among the singers. The NKK NXT group 19/20 consisted of 9 young women, who created a performance on beauty ideals and the power of the female voice. Part of the NKK NXT trainees continue with their shows after the program ends and are still performing at festivals. Other partner organizations of the Netherlands Chamber Choir are also making use of the growing pool of talented young singers, leading to collaborations with for example Oerol, Gouden Haas, Silbersee, Chantal Acda and Wende.

 

“A breathtaking vision of the future…Phenomenal is an understatement.” – de Theaterkrant on NKK NXT 18/19: I want to be like you.

 

During the NKK NXT program, trainees are not only coached on artistic matters like ensemble singing and voice use, but also on matters which prepare them for a life as a creative professional, like stage presence, artistic and theatrical development and other 21st-century dealings of artists. This way the trainees balance between a profession as ensemble singer and theatre maker, between tradition and innovation and between co-creating and personal leadership.

Do you have questions about NKK NXT in general? Please get in touch with Imre Ploeg, artistic leader of NKK NXT and education manager through nxt@nederlandskamerkoor.nl.

The Netherlands Chamber Choir is looking for trainees! Are you, or do you know someone who wants to develop as an ensemble singer of the future? Apply now for one of the positions as a trainee in the new season of NKK NXT and participate as a co-creator in a new co-production of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Rosa Ensemble! Click here for more information.