Syrinx Choir of the University of Veterinary Science folk music
It was created by students of the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest in 2008. The group regularly performs on graduation ceremonies and student concerts, but often gives concerts alone as well. Their repertoire ranges from renaissance pieces to 21st century compositions. The choir’s name has dual meaning: it is the name of the voice-producing body part of songbirds, but the first pan flute was called syrinx as well. The leader of the choir - that has become a community of friends over the years - believes that singing is the purest and most ancient manifestation of the human soul, and being in a vocal ensemble is the most beautiful force keeping people together.
Fotó: Balázs Gusztáv
Arte Semplice Chamber Choir classic
The Arte Semplice Chamber Choir led by Ildikó Heltai-Duffek was found by a group of friends in November 2011 and has grown increasingly over the years. In the repertoire of the choir there can typically be found pieces from the renaissance, the early baroque, the 20th century as well as contemporary pieces. The choir often attends ecclesiastical and secular events, domestic and foreign choir festivals, and gives concerts on its own too. Two of their competition performances – one at the 16th International Choir’s Festival in Budapest in 2017 and one at the 7th Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir’s Competition in 2018 - were given silver certification and special conductor prize.
Fotó: Szabó Eszter
SoulAir Choir of the Bakáts Square Primary School of Music children's choir
The SoulAir Choir of the Bakáts Square Primary School of Music was founded in September 2010, formed from the most talented pupils of the school. Their repertoire includes renaissance, baroque and classical pieces, choral works from the 20th century, as well as high quality contemporary pop music. The choir regularly performs at urban events, festivals, contests, charity concerts and also abroad. In the previous years they visited Transylvania, Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. SoulAir was the choir playing the key role in Kristóf Deák’s Oscar-winning short film, "Sing". They received the Pro Urbe prize in 2018.
Cheeky folk music
The world music chamber choir of the Csík Choir Family. Rita Kardos and Eszter Vadas’ dream came true when establishing the choir in the spring of 2018 in order to set up a music workshop for those who not only like playing music together but also singing. There are Bulgarian, Russian, Sephardi, Finnish and South Slavic tunes in their repertoire. They love singing these songs and they hope that the audience will enjoy their performance as well.
Fotó: Dobcsányi László
Chorus Matricanus classic
The choir of amateur singers was originally named ’Young Singers’. Among its current members there is an accountant, an attorney, an educator, a fleuriste and a shop manager, but also music theory and instrumental teachers - they all take part in the joy of singing equally. The main elements in their repertoire are pieces of 20th century and contemporary composers. The choir has won several awards, for instance the 1st Prize at the International Choral Competition of Preveza, in 2012.
Fotó: Földvári Gergely
Fibonacci 5 early music
The members of the Fibonacci 5 Vocal Enseble are studying together in the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét with their lector Árpád Tóth. They met in autumn 2019 and have been singing together ever since. Although their ages and backgrounds are different, their passion to sing is the same. This multicultural group (they come from the USA, China, Portugal and Hungary) is like a good spicemix: everyone adds their own unique idea and interpretation to the creative process. To the Winter Night of Choirs they pick pieces from a wonderful repertoire of the renessaince and the baroque period.
Fotó: Aditi Bharatee
Gemma Vocal Ensemble early music
Gemma Vocal Ensemble was formed in 1996 in Budapest, led by Márton Tóth. The core of their repertoir consist of early music and contemporary pieces. They mainly perform at sacral venues but are also happy to accept invitations to liturgical and secular events. They try to perform outside the capital as well, and they have also given concerts in the Highland of Slovakia, Transylvania, Austria, the Basque Country and Italy. Shared musical and spiritual experiences born out of their deep workshops have a defining role in the members' lives, and they hope to share this join with their audience as well.
Fotó: Szűcs Ágnes
Jazz and More pop
The Jazz and More is an ’omnivorous’ choir: jazz, pop, contemporary, classical, soundtracks gospel, spirituals, latin or musical – they are delighted to taste every sort of music. The choir sings with Kati Wolf and Attila Serbán, performs in the RaM, the Madách Theatre, the Magyar Theatre and at some interesting places within and outside the country. They participate in the ’Sakk’ performance and did flashmobs at the foot of the Dragon Statue in Krakow. It is all Jazz and More.
Fotó: Jardek Szabina
KVV Chamber Choir contemporary
The choir's members are colourful individuals who came together to share their love of music and singing, and form an energetic, cheerful team. They are amateur singers: university students, sound engineers, IT engineers, carpenters, music historians, teachers, kindergarden teachers, psychologists, economists and marketing specialists. Led by their conductor Viktor Magyaróvári, they will present a unique repertoire of classic and modern music. This includes their most cherished a cappella songs, either composed by Viktor, or otherwise arranged by him specifically for the ensemble. In April 2020 they also plan to perform the work of Árpád Barabás titled ’Madrigálok’, from which they prepared a couple of excerpts for tonight's performance.
Fotó: Pálinkás Edit
More Than Myself Choir contemporary
Magamnál Jobban (More Than Myself) is an enseble responsive to social issues, founded in 2014. They have performed their own shows and in various theatres in Budapest, as well as an exam production at the University of Theatre and Film Arts. The choir's own performances build on contemporary music elements, improvisational games and techniques. The choir has been led by Bence Juhász, PhD student at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music since 2017. He has also studied in Amsterdam and New York.
Fotó: Dániel Zsófia
R.Y early music
R.Y consists of three girls from Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China. In 2019, they got a scholarship and had a chance to study in Kodály Zoltán Pedagogical Institute of Music for one academic year. At that time, they formed this a cappella group.
Fotó: JiaYi Li
Sarlós Boldogasszony Choir classic
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 Christmas-feast with a street-flashmob.
Fotó: Szabó Kinga
Song Factory Budapest pop
The Song Factory Budapest consists of young people with the conduction of Benedek Hetei-Bakó, and performs Hungarian and international pop covers. They build a bridge between choir and audience by singing a capella and polyphonic songs with high standards. The members of the group, besides they come from different professional background, possess many years of common musical past and performing experience and routine. In their colorful repertoire there can be found covers of pop, rock, jazz songs, gospels, spirituals, and soundtracks.
Free Sounds Vocal Ensemble classic
Szabad Hangok (Free Sounds) was found in 2003 and the choir has been operating as women’s choir for a few years. Their focus in their programme is on modern and contemporary pieces, including pioneer ones which are written for small groups. They work on organic musical selections in project-oriented approach, gladly draw parallels between new and old music. The group dare to perform rarely sung works dedicated to professional choirs (such as all avant-guard a cappella works by Ligeti, choirs of Xenakis, Saariaho, Jeney and Vidovszky) and presents new works of young composers.
Logó: Törőcsik Katalin
Tutti Cantabile Vocal Ensemble contemporary
The Tutti Cantablie Vocal Ensemble was formed in 2006 by the alumni of Eötvös József Gymnasium. Their musical interest and repertoire are focused on early music, contemporary pop genres and many more. The Tutti Cantabile is more than a choir; a group of friends which looks for the most democratic ways of making music together, and is keen on workshops based on learning and experimenting together.
Fotó: Rozslay Miklós
Városminor Chamber Choir contemporary
Városminor Chamber Choir was founded in Budapest by young people who are fond of music. Apart from renaissance pieces, their repertoire consists of 20th century and contemporary choral works from a broad range of composers from Hungary and other countries. Besides European choir competitions, they participated in several Hungarian choir festivals: they won at the Kodály Choir Competition in 2009 and at the International Choir Competition in 2013. On occasion, the group likes to augment their performance with elements of choral theatre and gladly takes part in exciting events such as the Winter Night of Choirs, Budapest100 (a civil festival celebrating architecture, culture and urban history) and Belvárosi Fesztivál (a music festival in downtown, Budapest). Ever since the beginnings in 2004, Városminor has been conducted by the Lantos Rezső Award winner Andrea Ney.
Fotó: Reimholz Júlia
Voces Choir - Kassa contemporary
The name of Voces Choir from Kassa may sound familliar to those who regularly visit the Night of Choirs: they already participated once in the summer and once in the winter edition of the event. Their performance this year differs from the previous ones, as since January 2019 they have been singing in a renewed formation, as a women’s choir. The current musical voice of the group is the joint endeavour of 11 singers who keep themselves to the choir’s original aspirations: sing wholeheartedly, purely and together. Last year Voces sang together with Erika Miklósa, this Winter Night of Choirs they are performing 20th century choral compositions, but their repertoire includes pieces from other time periods as well.
Fotó: Németi Róbert