Wednesday 28th June 2017: ‘Driekorenconcert’

Photonen vocal ensemble closes this season with a festive ‘Driekorenconcert’ (Three choir concert) together with Utrechts Vocaal Ensemble, both ensembles are conducted by Jeroen Spitteler, and renowned Kammerchor Manila  from the Filipines and now on tour in Europe with its conductor Anthony Villanueva.

Programme ‘Driekorenconcert’:
Guerrero  Ego flos campi
Jeroen Spitteler  Bloem der bloemen
J.P. Sweelinck  Canticum

Utrechts Vocaal Ensemble (UVE)
Tchaikovsky  Cherubic Hymn no. 3
Vytautas Miškinis  Angelis suis Deus
Put on the armour of the Lord (spiritual)
Nobody knows (spiritual)

Together Photonen and UVE will perform: Samuel Barber’s Agnus dei

Kammerchor Manila
Claudio Monteverdi  Zefiro torna e’l bel tempo rimena
Z. Randall Stroope  We Beheld Once Again the Stars
Eudenice Palaruan  Pasigin (Filipino folk song)
Moses Hogan  Elijah Rock (spiritual)
Nilo Alcala  Kaisa-isa Niyan (Filipino ethnic song)

Kammerchor Manila from the Filipines, conductor Anthony G. Villanueva, originated as a church choir and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It recently performed a special programme Argentum on several occasions througout the Filipines. The choir is now on its 4the tour in Europe, visiting seven countries. Kammerchor Manila won many prizes and received honours in festivals and competitions, among which in 2014 in Olomouc (Czech Republic) the ‘Absolute Winner Award’ in the Lied-competition. Kammerchor Manila is a versatile and enthusiastic choir, consisting of ca 30 dedicated and partially professionally trained singers. It has its own distinct ‘sound’ and colourful presentation, and performs all kinds of styles, from early music to pop ballads. Recent tour info can be found here.

Wednesday 28th June 2017 – 8 p.m. – De Krijtberg, Singel 446, 1017AV Amsterdam
One hour concert. Admission free, donations welcome.

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Sunday 26th March 2017 : ‘Moving Music’

Do you hear the music when you watch a film? Everyone knows the famous theme tune of Star Wars, but how about the moment in The Hobbit when the dwarves sing of Misty Mountains and gold?
Perhaps you don’t always notice how the music makes you feel, swelling into the spaces between the words and telling its own story.

Photonen, the choir featured in the 2017 Dutch television series KLEM, is putting this ‘Moving Music’ centre stage in a performance on Sunday 26th March, at 15.15 in the Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam. The Waalse Kerk (‘Walloon Church’ – a national heritage site) is located in the heart of the city.

The chamber choir of around 26 experienced amateur choral singers has chosen classical and popular music including Dry your tears, Africa by Oscar-winning composer John Williams, I Lie by David Lang, from arthouse film La Grande Bellezza, music from KLEM‚ including Trois chansons by Debussy, and a piece written specially for the choir, Hondsdagen/Dogdays by Martijn Voorvelt – music that is just waiting to find its film.

The concert also includes Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei — featured in films including The Elephant Man and Platoon — the widely-recognised Wagner’s Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (think of Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Star Wars – John Williams is the Man, with John Williams‘ music arranged by Mister Tim.

Come, listen, and let your own images play in your head!

Sunday 26th March 2017 – 3:15 p.m.
Waalse Kerk, Walenpleintje 157-159, Amsterdam

Claude Debussy     – Trois Chansons (Klem)
L. Andriessen         – Un beau baiser (Klem)
Josquin des Prez   –  Mille regretz (Klem)
John Tavener         – The Lamb (La grande bellezza)
Gregorio Allegri      – Miserere (Angela’s ashes / Maurice / Face off)
David Lang             – I lie (La grande bellezza)
Samuel Barber       – Agnus Dei (The elephant man / Platoon / Les roseaux sauvages / Lorenzo’s oil)
Howard Shore        – Misty mountains (The Hobbit)
R. Wagner              – Hochzeitsmarsch from Lohengrin (28 Days, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Out of Africa, and many other movies)
Martijn Voorvelt      – Hondsdagen / Dogdays
John Williams arr. Mister Tim  – Star Wars – John Williams is the man
John Williams         – Dry your tears, Afrika (Amistad)