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Residentie Bachkoor (english)

The Residentie Bachkoor was founded in 1872 and took its current name in 1964. Over the years it acquired its reputation of a high-quality choir, at present with some 90 singers. Since 1995, Jos Vermunt has been the conductor of the choir. The works of Johann Sebastian Bach play a central role in the repertoire of the choir. Six times a year, the choir sings a cantata during a special service which takes place in the Kloosterkerk of The Hague each month. In addition, at least one of  Bach’s major works is performed every year. Moreover, the choir has expanded its repertoire with vocal works by Händel, Mozart, Verdi, Bruckner, Brahms, Fauré, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Britten.      

Besides working on a regular basis with the Residentie Bach Orchestra, the choir frequently collaborates with other orchestras. With the Bellitoni Symphony Orchestra Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Second Symphony were performed. The choir also regularly works with the Residentie Orkest, with which it sang in Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze as well as in the St Matthew Passion in the Concertgebouw, both under the direction of Jaap van Zweeden. With this orchestra, the St Matthew Passion was also performed under the direction of Arnold Östman, Peter Schreier, Jan Willem de Vriend and Richard Egarr. Jos Vermunt conducted the première of the Dutch translation of the St Matthew Passion by Jan Rot, which was also recorded by Deutsche Grammophon. Bruno Weil conducted the performances of the Weihnachts-Oratorium.

The Residentie Bachkoor made several concert tours throughout Europe. For example, in 2011, the choir gave 2 successful concerts in Vienna, where it sang in the Hofburgkapelle and the Stefansdom.   

Since 2007, The Residentie Bachkoor, together with the Residentie Kamerkoor (chamber choir), has sung the hymns of the national commemoration of the Dutch victims who fell during World War II in Asia. The Residentie Bachkoor also performed during the funeral service of members of the Dutch Royal Family.