The members of the National Women’s Youth Choir (NWYC) are between 16 and 30 years old and come from all over the Netherlands. Wilma ten Wolde is the artistic director and conductor and Irene Verburg is the vocal coach.
The choir regularly performs in series such as ZaterdagMatinee and Vrijdag van Vredenburg, with orchestras such as the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker. For ten years in a row the NWYC provided the music during the National Remembrance Day on 4 May in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam.
The choir released several CDs, including ‘Hjärtans Fröjd’ with the renowned Swedish choir conductor Eric Ericson. In 2015 the CD with the world premiere of the St. Luke Passion by James MacMillan was released at Challenge Classic. The choir sang the demanding Christ party. Erik Voermans wrote in Het Parool: “… those flawless and vibratoloos singing young voices cut through your soul.” In September 2016, the CD recording of the Gurre-Lieder by Arnold Schönberg, directed by Markus Stenz, to which the choir participated, was awarded a “Gramophone Choral Award”.
In 2017 the NWYC made a concert trip to Aarhus, Denmark (European Cultural Capital of 2017) and a trip to Kecskemét, Hungary, where the choir gave concerts and acted as a practical choir in a conductor master class organized by the Liszt Academy.
Last season, among others, was performed: “Le Miroir de Jesus” by Caplet with the Doelen Quartet by Ed Spanjaard, the world premiere of the “Totaliter Aliter” and “Mädchen Prozession” from the opera Aus Licht by K.H. Stockhausen.
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