84th season

The PPC´s many commitments in the 2018/2019 season include among others concert appearances at the Dvořák Prague, Beethovenfest Bonn and Prague Spring festivals, a tour in Belgium, a performance in New York´s Carnegie Hall (Mahler´s Symphony No. 2, with the Czech Philharmonic and its principal conductor, Semyon Bychkov; this will be followed up by the recording of the same symphony for Decca Classics), and further work with the Israel Philharmonic, this time under the baton of Manfred Honeck. The PPC´s 2018/2019 concert season will be rounded off by a concert at the Smetana Litomyšl Festival, where it will perform with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev Mussorgsky´s opera Boris Godunov; and finally, appearances, for the tenth time already, at the opera festival of Bregenz, Austria.  

Choir´s activities

  • Choral series

    Every season, the Prague Philharmonic Choir has been organizing a series of purely choral concerts offering audiences an opportunity to enjoy major titles of the Czech and international choral repertoire, works that are often not only beautiful but also pose exceptionally high demands on interpreters. These concert productions likewise regularly feature interesting new choral output previously unheard in the Czech Republic. The series´ programme is conceived by the Prague Philharmonic Choir´s principal choirmaster, Lukáš Vasilek, who also conducts the individual concerts.
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  • Singing workshops

    Singing workshops are organized by the Prague Philharmonic Choir for first-level primary school students in Prague and its surrounding area. Their primary goal is to offer young children a closer acquaintance with choral singing, communicated to them by experienced professional singers. Using accessible and entertaining approaches, the project familiarizes its junior participants not just with the phenomenon of choral singing as such, but also for instance with proper breathing techniques. Each of the hour-long lessons is conducted by two Prague Philharmonic Choir´s members as lecturers.
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  • Concerts for children

    A thematic series of concerts intended for first-level primary school students, located in the Concert Hall of the Prague Conservatory. The Prague Philharmonic Choir regularly invites Prague´s finest children´s choirs to participate in this project. In each of its instalments, schoolchildren are offered a lively and entertaining way of becoming acquainted with a given subject, in a programme counting with their active involvement in the developments taking place on the concert platform. The series is hosted by music publicist Petr Kadlec.
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History

1934

Jan Kühn, founder of Prague Philharmonic Choir

Choirmaster Jan Kühn founded a mixed choir for the purpose of the radio broadcast of the opera Debora by Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster. The opera was broadcast on 8 January 1935 and it was first public performance of the choir that was later established as an integral part of the Czechoslovak Radio. The original name of the ensemble was the Choir of the Radiojournal. For a short while, the choir performed under the name of the Czechoslovak Choir which was changed to Czech Choir immediately after Hitler's occupation of Czechoslovakia. The name was changed once again in 1969 to its present form, the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
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Music samples

Recording

The Prague Philharmonic Choir has built up a remarkably extensive discography. Its recordings are available on various labels, including Supraphon, Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony Classical and others. During the last season, it produced two new releases: namely, Bohuslav Martinů´s Highlands Cantatas (was released by Supraphon in November), and Antonín Dvořák´s Stabat Mater (Decca spring 2017). On the latter recording, the Prague Philharmonic Choir worked with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor, Jiří Bělohlávek.

Partnerships

The Prague Philharmonic Choir takes pride in many prestigious collaborations with, among others, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam or Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. It has appeared in some of the world´s most renowned concert halls and opera houses, including the likes of Milan´s La Scala and the Bavarian State Opera. Figuring on the impressive list of prominent conductors with which the Prague Philharmonic Choir has worked are the names of Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Fabio Luisi, Jiří Bělohlávek, Manfred Honeck or Sir Simon Rattle, among others.

Repertoire

The Prague Philharmonic Choir´s extensive repertoire is centered primarily around a cappella, cantata and oratorio compositions encompassing a time span from the Classical era to contemporary production. The choir works regularly with leading Czech and international orchestras, a significant segment in its activity being allotted to opera projects. There, the Prague Philharmonic Choir has frequently collaborated with, among others, the National Theatre in Prague, and most notably with the Bregenz opera festival whose choir in residence it has been since 2010. In the course of the years of its association with the Bregenz festival, it has appeared not only in its productions of all-time classics of the operatic repertoire, but also in several world premieres of new operas.  

Choral Academy

Since the 2012/2013 season the Prague Philharmonic Choir has been organizing its own Choral Academy. This project offers study programmes spread alternatively over periods of one or two years, targeting the 16 – 26 age group of secondary-school and undergraduate students of singing. In the course of study, Academy students pursue their training in close association with the Prague Philharmonic Choir, accumulate experience and practical skills related to work with choral parts centered around the choir´s core repertoire, and make public appearances in a select series of concerts in this country and abroad. Some of the Academy´s graduates have followed up their study by passing auditions for one of the choir´s voice sections, entailing engagement as regular members of the Prague Philharmonic Choir.
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