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The Adorate Choir was founded by music-loving and music-making amateurs. They have been an active part of the music life of Újpest. Their colourful repertoire includes religious and secular pieces from Gregorians to contemporary works, in about fifteen languages. The ensemble is willing to take part in events of local and national choir life, both as active players and organisers. The main goal of this group of approximately twenty-five, besides high-level choir singing, is to form a community of people who love singing. The leading conductor of the choir is Benedek Hetei-Bakó.
AIKEM Choir (I)
AIKEM Choir is the National Choir of AIKEM, the Italian Kodály Society. Its purpose is to study music with the method of the Kodály Concept. Teachers and students, musicians - professional and amateur - are the members of the choir. They have an extensive repertoire which is based mainly on contemporary music. The choir is directed by Teresa Sappa.
Argenteus Vocal Workshop
The choir is a successor of the Mixed Choir of the Gyula Juhász Faculty of Pedagogy of the University of Szeged, led by their conductor Dr Gábor Kovács since 1998. The ensemble took the name Argenteus in 2010. From September 2018, the choir continues its work under the name Argenteus Vocal Workshop. The choir has old as well as new singers, and its doors are always open for keen applicants. The ensemble enjoys experimenting with various solutions at its concerts, and is an active member of Szeged’s choir life. They will join the Night of Choirs for the third time, bringing an early music delicacy.
Arte Semplice Chamber Choir
The Arte Semplice Chamber Choir was founded by Heltai-Duffek Ildikó in November, 2011. Originally friends who loved singing formed its base which has gradually extended over the years. Their repertoire ranges from the Renaissance and early Baroque to 20th century and contemporary music. The choir often participates in religious and secular events, including several choir festivals both in Hungary and abroad, and they also regularly give individual concerts. They have been awarded several times at choir competitions as well.
Bástya Chamber Choir
The Bástya Chamber Choir was founded in the autumn of 2001 in Székesfehérvár, in a little Bástya Street flat. The solid core of the choir had been a small group of Lovrek students who went to the Kodály Institute, who were complemented by family and friends in the past nineteen years. Their musical world is characterised by classical choral music, yet they are not afraid to sing from contemporary Hungarian and international composers. What they consider the most beautiful from the past years are the uplifting singing and laughing during rehearsals and concerts, the honourable attention of their audience, flourishing choir relations, the grand tour in the Andes, and the small children growing up in a loving choir environment.
"Beatitudo" Chamber Choir (PL)
Beatitudo Chamber Choir was founded in 2006 by their conductor, Krzysztof Dudzik. The members have always taken part in parish life at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Chorzów - Klimzowiec, which brought about the choir forming initiative of the members. Their repertoire includes polyphonic liturgical songs and sacred choral compositions from the Middle Ages to contemporary music. The choir sings mainly at church celebrations in its own parish and in familiar parishes, at choral meetings and festivals. Choir members share not only the passion of singing but experiences through common holidays, as well as the values and interests they believe in.
Budapest Show Choir
Having a history of 10 years, Budapest Show Choir is a cheerful ensemble of mainly university and high school students, performing covers of popular music. Its members come from diverse areas of life (varying from lawyer via pastry cook to landscape architect), but they have one strong common feature: a passion for music. Their repertoire ranges through various genres: pop music, rock, musical, jazz, gospel, spirituals, movie themes and more, spiced up by movements, dance and live instrumental accompaniment. On the Night of Choirs they will focus on a capella compositions. The artistic director of the choir is Krisztina Eőry.
Budapest Lantos Choir
The predecessor of the choir celebrating its 70th anniversary this year was formed in 1950, which operated as the Budapest Youth Choir from 1990 until the spring of 2017. Their name was changed to the present one in honour of their founding conductor. The age range of the 45-member choir is between 20 and 65, and they are led by Ágnes Gerenday. Their repertoire contains masses, oratories, a cappella pieces (liturgical choral works, poems set to music, folk song adaptations). Throughout its long history, the ensemble successfully participated in numerous national and international festivals and competitions. They contributed to various CD recordings and published their own ones as well.
Canterino Mixed Choir
The choir was established in 1948. During the ‘80s and the ‘90s it was led by the conductors Miklós Csík and Miklós Király. In the 2000s, their profile was shaped by two ladies: Erika Závori and Margit Mózes. In the meantime, they became the choir of the Hungarian Red Cross. In December 2006 they took the name Canterino Choir. One and a half years ago Dániel Árvai took the leadership of the group, who is also an active member of the Hungarian music scene. Throughout the years they have become a strong community: although the members have different drives and motivations, they are connected by the love of singing.
Cheeky is the world music chamber subsection of the Csíkszerda choir family. The dream of Rita Kardos and Eszter Vadas, a joint musical creative workshop was realised in the spring of 2018. Their repertoire mostly consists of pieces originating in or inspired by folk music, from all corners of the world: from Hungarian folk music, via Africa to Lapland. Besides exotic pieces, they like combining styles and attempting to incorporate improvisational techniques.
Cisz-harmónia Vocal Ensemble
The choir has been singing together for one and a half years as the Cisz-harmónia Vocal Ensemble, a ten-member mixed choir (previously they had performed in a similar form but with slightly different members for two years). Due to their number, they represent a transition between smaller ensembles and larger choirs. They like to choose pieces from different styles (religious and classical choir pieces, or pop music arrangements) and to perform these to their audience.
Clarus Cordis Youth Mixed Choir
The Clarus Cordis (‘With a pure heart’) Mixed Choir was founded in the beginning of the 2000’s, when getting closer to graduation, the first members of the school choir founded in 1998 decided to continue singing in the choir. The youngest members of the choir are about to graduate now, while the oldest members are already working adults. They all are former or current students of the high school. Their common motivation for singing and experience during concerts is the love of music and the bonding power of their choir community. The name of the choir refers to the poem of Attila József, and their conductor is the former music teacher of Árpád High School.
Contrapunto Chamber Choir
Contrapunto Chamber Choir was formed in Budapest, Rákosmente in September of 2014. The five-year-old choir, led by Márton Jakobey, has been the frequent guest of the Night of Choirs festival since 2015. Besides maintaining the legacy of Kodály and performing a traditional repertoire, they find it important to present choral singing in unusual forms, at extraordinary places cooperating with other types of arts. Their work has been acknowledged in several choir contests. They are particularly proud of their victory in the category of chamber choirs and the two Golden Diplomas, which they were awarded at the International Lake Garda Choir Festival in 2018.
Despite the extraordinary circumstances the eleven-year-old Csíkszerda, including a Monday, a Wednesday, and a Thursday choir as well as two children’s choirs, keeps on rehearsing. In their last live concerts they performed madrigals and vespers. Currently they work on various projects with pieces of music about the love of nature (the trees and the stars) on new platforms. The choir’s community is not left alone in lockdown. Experimenting with freshly acquired skills it is held together with new creative genres and events (e.g. the Quarantine Song, the so called Csík Buffet talk show, and the usual pub talk online after the rehearsals). The conductor and the artistic leader of the choir is Árpád Tóth.
Diósdi Female Choir
The choir celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Their repertoire includes religious and secular pieces from Gregorian to contemporary music, of both Hungarian and foreign composers. They have also founded a chamber choir called Schola Gregoriana Diosdiensis for the presentation and promotion of Gregorian music. They have around 18 to 25 concerts each year in Hungary and abroad and they have built friendships with several foreign choirs. The choir is a committed votary of the art of Zoltán Kodály and in honour of his art they have been organising choir biannual meetings in Diósd since 2005. Since 2013, they have been the member of the Hungarian Kodály Society. Their concerts are often in support of charity aims. Since 1999, their conductor has been Kinga Sirákné Kemény.
The choir was founded in 2010 from ex-members of the Lajos Bárdos Children’s Choir from Hajdúszoboszló, led by Edit Csikainé Holoda. In 2013, Tímea Szűcs took over conducting roles. Dr Sarolta Deményi has been leading the choir since 2016. Their repertoire includes choral pieces from all ages but focusses on pieces of contemporary Hungarian composers. The choir has won various accolades, and participates in several county and national festivals and concerts, its members paying special attention to the enrichment of their town’s cultural life by singing on its events and by independent initiatives and programmes.
Golgota Gospel Choir
The Golgota Gospel Choir was started in November of 2002 as a ministry of Golgota Chapel Budapest. Anyone can join the choir, the only requirement is the enjoyment of gospel music. The choir is accompanied by the Golgota Gospel Band of four members, all professional musicians. In addition to regular concerts in Budapest at Easter and Christmas each year, the choir has traveled to towns across Hungary as well as to Romania, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Serbia on short tours. One of the main goals of the choir is to share, through music, the joy and the good news - the 'gospel' - of Jesus Christ.
Mixed Choir of the Greek Kodály Conservatory (GR)
The Greek Kodály Conservatory’s Mixed Choir (GKCMC) was founded by conductor and director of the Greek Kodály Conservatory, Michalis Patseas in 1989. Its members are mostly music students of the conservatory, but there are also amateur singers amongst them. The ensemble works regularly as the Choral Laboratory of the GKC’s Conducting class. Their repertoire is mostly a cappella, but they also perform at least one larger scale piece with small orchestral ensemble in each academic year. This would have been the second time for the GKCMC to visit Budapest to take part in the Night of Choirs, under the organisation and artistic direction of assistant conductor Eirini Patsea.
Inferno Minor Choir
The Inferno Minor Choir was formed in the autumn of 2013 from students of the Bolyai Self-Instruction Workshop. One of the earliest debuts of the chamber choir that casually refers to itself as Poklocska (Little Hell) happened during a Night of Choirs and they are happy to attend it ever since. Besides this, they perform at other events and give independent concerts as well. Pieces are always chosen from the choir members’ favourites. Together with classical pieces, they regularly have lighter works – spirituals and pop adaptations – on their repertoire.
Jazz And More
There are very few genres that would not fit into the repertoire of the Jazz And More choir. They have tasted everything from jazz via musicals, pop songs, film scores to contemporary works. The group has contributed to productions of numerous renowned Hungarian artists and is happy to participate in theatrical pieces and to give charity concerts as well. These zestful people were fuelled by energy even during the pandemic and remained active during the restrictions. In the usual time of their rehearsals, they held online rehearsals twice a week and channelled their love for music into multiple quarantine productions.
The Kalevala Choir was established in 1991 with the intention to promote Finnish songs in Hungary. Their repertoire includes both Hungarian and universal choir songs. They often show up at choir festivals in Budapest and in the countryside as well, in church concerts and in museums. They had the opportunities to travel the Nordic countries several times and also have visited Hungarian areas outside of our border. The members are linked together not only by the love of the music, but also by other programs, like hiking and other gatherings. Since 1996, the leader of the choir has been Katonáné Malmos Edit.
The KisSingers choir was formed in 2018, in the 12th district of Budapest. In the beginning, the KÖZépPONT Self-supporting intellectual community space, creative workshop and charity shop provided the venue for the initiative and since January 2020, the Hegyvidék Cultural Salon is where they have their rehearsal once a week. Since March, all eighteen choir members have been practising in the online space with undiminished enthusiasm. Their repertoire contains odd rhythmic folk songs, French chansons, African songs, adaptations of famous pop songs as well as Kodály’s Evening Song. Their artistic director is Eszter Béres.
Korona Vocal Ensemble
It is no joke but their real name. The famous Pelsőc roadhouse is named Korona, as was the old money of Upper Hungary. The choir is strongly convinced that music crowns everyday routines. “Korona” also means fermata/pause in Hungarian musical terminology. They have this many arguments – how many does the virus have? Members of the choir live in Upper Hungary, in Gömör County, near Pelsőc. When there is no coronavirus and there indeed is Korona choir, they organise concerts, reunions, extension courses, concert-goings, camps and they prepare for competitions and travel – because they love being together.
KVV Chamber Choir
The love of music and the joy of singing has made the choir an energetic and happy community that breathes in unison. Its members are amateur singers with all kinds of backgrounds. For them, singing is true love. Under the hands of their founding conductor, Viktor Magyaróvári (Kayamar), they attempt to show their high-quality, unique repertoire which unites the values of both classical and pop music. The chamber choir also serves as the so-called musical instrument for Kayamar, as their favourite a cappella pieces to sing are either composed or arranged by him.
Lipa CYC S.Core (PH)
The Lipa CYC S.Core (CYC – S.Core) is a non-auditioned church choir based in the Parish of San Sebastian, Archdiocese of Lipa in Lipa City, Philippines. It started off as a youth choir consisting of members of various secondary schools in the community. However, by today, the sheer love of singing and serving the church made the members stay even beyond their affiliation with their schools. The group is now composed mostly of young professionals who transitioned from their younger days and still find purpose in singing together.
Lyceum Chamber Choir
The Lyceum Chamber Choir was founded in April 2009 from graduated members of the mixed choir of István Báthory Lyceum in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), led by the retired music teacher, Katalin Halmos. Later external members joined as well, attracted by the combination of fun atmosphere and high musical standards. The choir regularly gives concerts in Kolozsvár, performing church and secular music from various periods. Their women’s choir won a special award at the Italian Sacile choir festival in October 2018. In 2019, the ensemble celebrated its 10th anniversary giving a concert including its former members.
Meridian Secondary School Choir (SI)
The Meridian Secondary School Choir was formed in Singapore in 1999. It aims to bring out the best in the members through rigorous training to develop their vocal techniques as well as their musicality. The 70-piece choir is currently led by conductor Ms Tham Pei Wen. The MSS Choir firmly believes in providing its members with unique and valuable opportunities to work with fellow musicians to bring music to the world. In perfecting their art as a family, they are inspired by the quote: “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato)
Musica Laudens Chamber Choir
The Musica Laudens chamber choir was established in 1995. As per their name (‘joyful music’), the members are linked through the love of music, the joy of singing together. The choir is led by Péter Balás who does it in a playful and professional way. Their repertoire is based on classical choir pieces; however, occasionally they take a journey toward other genres as well. They sang along with Los Gringos and the Bolyki Brothers, too. Beside concerts in Budapest and the countryside, they have had shows in Olomouc, Prague, Nevers, and Bad Ischl. They also took part in the Europa Cantat held in Pécs and in Tallinn.
Chór przy Muzeum Śląskim w Katowicach (PL)
The Chór przy Muzeum Śląskim w Katowicach had its debut and was welcomed enthusiastically during the interdisciplinary Biennale Industrii 2019 Festival. The choir is led by Krzysztof Dudzik, a conductor and music educator with exceptional expertise, and a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The Choir's activities meet the programme realised by the Muzeum Śląskie, and its repertoire completes major events held at the museum. The choir comprises almost 100 people, some of whom are the museum's employees. The choir's characteristic feature is the generations’ bond.
PálFeri Chamber Choir
The PálFeri Chamber Choir was founded in February 2018 by seventeen members of the religious PálFeri community who attend the Tuesday lectures of Father Ferenc Pál. They regularly sing during his masses, so half of their rehearsals consists of learning religious pieces. The other half is dedicated to fine renditions of pop music, which they perform during PálFeri community events and at other occasions. Their unofficial title is “Bottomless Lakers Band”, since after their rehearsals they often go out to the nearby Lake Feneketlen to continue singing and jamming, often involving the passers-by of the public park. Their artistic leader is Boglárka Vörös.
Pax et Bonum Chamber Choir
The religious music group was formed in 2008 by adventurous students and teachers of the Lutheran Cantor Training Institute of Fót. They are young, and whether professional musicians or not, they are enthusiastic, joyful and professional when participating in the choir’s activities. Since their formation, they are regular participants of religious prayer services, their repertoire encompassing both early music and contemporary pieces. Besides mostly church concerts - both national and international -, casual performances and flahsmobs are also near and dear to them: the love of singing keeps the choir’s community together in all genres.
Polifónia Mixed Choir
The Hatvan-based Polifónia Mixed Choir is led by Zsolt Regős, a multiply awarded conductor, emeritus chorus master of National Theatre of Miskolc, and contributor of Bartók Plus Opera Festival. In the past 35 years the choir has traveled several times to Hungary and abroad, to choir meetings and professional competitions. Their repertoire includes folk song arrangements, madrigals, Hungarian and foreign composers’ pieces, spirituals, and religious pieces. The choir was awarded of the “Concert-Choir” title and the “Pro Urbe” Award of the Municipality of Hatvan.
Regősné Gömöri Csilla
Prelude Mixed Choir
Prelude Mixed Choir is a traditional, “old-fashioned” amateur choir, whose members are motivated by the joy of singing and the exploration of the deepest layers of momentous choral pieces. Although it’s a hard, tiring and often trying task, it’s worth going along. They believe that by going along this way they can make such musical discoveries and get enriched by such spiritual experiences that can open an entirely new dimension for amateur musicians.
ProVocal Vocal Ensemble
The ProVocal ensemble was founded in the autumn of 2019. Within pop music, their aim is to bring high quality, creative polyphonic covers in various genres closer to their audience.
Sarlós Boldogasszony Choir
The members of the choir give a regular liturgical service at the Roman Catholic Parish Church Our Lady of the Visitation at Budapest-Újlak. The choir’s repertoire mainly consists of classical pieces connected to the devotion to the Virgin and choral works of contemporary composers. Each year around the feast of Visitation (2 July) a new composition of Magnificat is presented to the audience. The choir was qualified as Gold with Praise degree by the Hungarian Board of Choirs. Once a year they usually participate with increasing success at competitions or events, recently at a Christmas feast with a street-flashmob.
Song Factory Budapest
Song Factory Budapest is a community of young people, a multicultural choir performing popular music covers of Hungarian and international pieces, led by Benedek Hetei-Bakó. They are devoted to sharing the inherent joy and beauty of choral music. They create a bridge between the audience and choral singing by performing a distinctive and varied repertoire: pop/rock/jazz songs, gospels, spirituals, and motion picture soundtracks. The singers represent a community of people from diverse backgrounds, connected through several years of performing and singing together.
Staccato Vocal Ensemble
Staccato Vocal Ensemble was originally formed by students of the University of Debrecen, and since 1996 the circle of friends that form the choir have been based in Budapest. The choir has been led by Zsófi Fekete ever since the beginning, later they were joined by Bogi Berkes as second choir leader, and since then they have operated with two choir leaders. They enjoy singing madrigals, Hungarian folk song adaptations, modern pieces (contemporary and jazz) and gospel. Their annual season ending concert takes place at the Scottish Church in Vösörmarty utca, but they also perform elsewhere. Beside singing together the members of the ensemble share many other experiences and trips.
Starmen is a creative and cool choir based in Budapest. They are open for singers of all ages and abilities, and have members from all around the world. They have a rich and diverse repertoire, and enjoy incorporating theatre and dance elements into their rehearsals and performances. The choir is led by Klára Göttinger and Elvira Mambetova.
Street Art Choir
The dynamic, young a cappella group was founded in October 2013 in Budapest, led by Zsófia Sváb. It currently has 16 members. Their goal is to show that today's choral music is not only for the choir fans, but for “everybody out there”. This is why they are called “Street Art”. They follow the trend of singing a cappella that has been getting more and more widespread in the past few years. Their repertoire includes pop-rock mash-ups, medleys as well as main themes of popular gamer and fantasy pieces performed in their own style. The singers have different jobs, but they share the same passion: they love singing together.
Simon Juhász Sándor
Choirs of Szent Angéla Ferences Általános Iskola és Gimnázium
A special singer training class started in the school in the academic year of 2009/10. It is different from the classes specialised in music and the music school itself. It is present in all the 8 years of the primary school today, always in one of the parallel classes. The students use special coursebooks. Their education is based on the following: Gregorian music as the ancient musical experience of humanity, Hungarian folk tradition, heritage of the European and Hungarian religious and secular music, regular parochial liturgical service and concerts as well as nurturing Hungarian choral traditions. Students have the opportunity for individual voice training and boys can study special solo genres of religious singing.
The Lalala Choir (IE)
The Lalala Choir has been making its mark in Dublin since 2015 with their focus on improvisation and an inclusive philosophy that says 'music is for everyone'. Their interactive performances have graced stages, courtyards and fields alike at Electric Picnic, Body&Soul, Ballymaloe Litfest, the Night of Choirs Festival (Hungary). They also produce their own concerts and pop-up performances around the city, and regularly collaborate with other artists (Glen Hansard, David Keenan, Inni-K to name a few). While the group are used to putting their own spin on things, from Mozart operas to surf rock, they recently stepped over the blurry line from improvisation to fully-fledged compositions and despite working from home, they continue to find ways to make new music.
There should be a choir! This thought motivated future members when gathering for their first rehearsal in the summer of 2017. Because they had no scores, only enthusiasm, they first looked for familiar canons and folk songs in their children’s solfeggio books. Their artistic director is Krisztián Dömény who inspires the choir with wonderful compositions and creativity. Thus, their repertoire consists of songs created together during rehearsals. While in quarantine, they carried on singing together and are enthusiastically preparing for their next concert on the 3rd Rukkolj Elő Festival.
Manton Márta, logó: Onucsán-Sipeki Ágota
Új Advent Choir Company
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) To sing along with God like Him is a privilege - they believe. What the members have in common is that they love God, like each other, life itself, and like to sing. New Advent, because they are waiting for the second coming of the Messiah. Choir Company, because the members are committed from the beginning of the project until the end of it; however, the majority of the members are permanent. In their opinion miraculous carols were born to glorify the Lord - if they could, they would sing them all.
Vasas Művészegyüttes Vass Lajos Choir
The Vasas Choir was established in 1903 as a male choir and has been a mixed choir since 1948. Their main profile consists of contemporary Hungarian music, a cappella repertoire and the performance of oratories. The choir took the name of its one-time conductor Lajos Vass in 1994. All age groups are represented in the choir, preserving decades of tradition. Their outstanding prizes include the following: Summa cum laude qualifications 1996, 2000, 2004; Csokonai Vitéz Mihály Prize 2014; 15th International Choir Competition of Budapest 2015, 1st Prize; Hungarian Cultural Heritage Prize 2016; and the KÓTA Prize 2019. Their conductors are Judit Bárd and Dániel Szűcs.
Vörösmarty Music Community
The Vörösmarty Music Community is the fusion of music groups, instrumental and vocal soloists of the Vörösmarty Mihály Secondary Grammar School in Józsefváros, Budapest. Beside the school choir they also have a school band and a student-teacher mixed choir. The choir’s repertoire includes classical pieces, poems set to music, as well as pieces of popular music. This year at the Night of Choirs they will perform gospels and spirituals in the dramatic style of the Ptyíca ensemble that was also founded at Vörösmarty Secondary Grammar School.
The Vox Mirabilis Chamber Choir is one of the most active and creative ensembles in Hungary. They are certified by the Ars Magna diploma and are known all around Europe. The choir is a community that provides art as well as spiritual experience for its members. Their operation is based on the principles of service, love and unity, which gives an additional dimension and value to their concerts. They organize numerous concerts, choir events, and professional programmes, and have had their own concert series for 10 years. They were the first to be awarded the Value Creating Communities award founded by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2020. The choir’s leader is the award-winning Katica Zemlényi.
Young and Talented (PL)
What happens if you put a group of random teenagers together with a charismatic and involved conductor in one place at the same time? This is where the magic begins. Magic and bonds that go way beyond the walls of the school. That's what the choir is for them: the opportunity to make music together and create something special - Young and Talented. This would have been the second time for them to visit Budapest for the Night of Choirs Festival.