By Jakob Buchanan Release 22nd September 2023
Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir
Among some of the oldest European musical traditions are the cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradi- tion in Scandinavia.
Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training at the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School, Sankt Annæ Gymnasium. Since 1959 the choir has been resident at the Copenhagen Cathedral, and as part of its duties performs at ofﬁcial state visits and during royal visits abroad. With a compre- hensive repertoire ranging from the earliest polyphony to advanced works commissioned" "at composers of our time, the choir has gained a reputation for being one of the ﬁnest of its type and has received numerous distinctions. The choir tours extensively and has performed all over the world. Famous guest conductors include Benjamin Britten, Ernest Ansermet, Raphael Kubelik, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Andrew Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others. The CRCC has performed world premieres of numerous works by leading contemporary composers, including Poul Ruders, Palle Mikkelborg, Per Nørgård and Knut Nystedt.