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04 · 10 · 2017

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir: concert at Capella of St. Petersburg

Unique classical concert of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir under Artisitic Director and Conductor Ebbe Munk and Glinka College Choir under Artistic Director Vladimir Begletsov at the State Academic Capella in St. Petersburg on 28 October at 14h00.


The Choir will also perform at the St. Isaac’s Cathedral together with the vocal ensemble Tendrils on 29 October at 19h00. More


Among some of the oldest European Musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia. The choir’s visit is organised with the financial support of the Nordic Culture Fund.

The Glinka Choir College is the oldest professional academic institution in Russia. Its roots date back to 1479 when the Sovereign’s Chorus of Singing Scribes (founded by Grand Duke Ivan III of Moscow in 1476) opened its Chorus of Young Choristers.

About the Choir. Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in SANKT ANNÆ GYMNASIUM, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School.


Since 1959 the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and as part of its duties performs at state occasions and during royal visits abroad. In fact since Ebbe Munk became director of the choir in 1991 they have undertaken concerts in leading concert halls, cathedrals and festivals all over the world. This includes leading concert managers such as Dell‘Arte in South America, Wu Promotion in China and Sydney Opera House Trust in Australia.


Benjamin Britten, Ernest Ansermet, Raphael Kubelik, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Andrew Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others have each conducted the CRCC. Contemporary Scandinavian composers including Poul Ruders, Palle Mikkelborg, Per Nørgaard and Knut Nystedt have written works specially for them.


Le Figaro has placed the choir alongside the Vienna Boys Choir and that of Kings College, Cambridge as one of the finest in Europe. They work regularly with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and have made numerous CD recordings on EMI, Vanguard, Chandos, Decca, Telefunken, Danica Records and Dacapo.


In 2000 the CRCC received the prestigious Eugene Mortimer Choir Prize by the European Cultural Foundation Pro Europa.


From 2002 the choir has been nominated Ambassadeurs de l’Union by the Fédération Européenne des Choeurs de l’Union in Bruxelles. Also in 2002 the choir received a Grammy in Danish Music Awards for the recording of Buxtehude´s Cantatas together with Dufay Collective, London.


In November 2003 CRCC was honoured in Paris by l´Institut de France-Acadeémie des Beaux- Arts with the Prix Chant choral Liliane Bettencourt 2003.


CRCC was greatly honoured to play a major musical part at the wedding of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Crown Princess Mary in Copenhagen Cathedral in 2004 and at the baptism of their firstborn, Prins Christian in 2005. In relation to these activities the choir also participated in the Reburial of Russian Empress Maria Fjodorovna (born Danish Princess Dagmar) in St. Petersburg in September 2006 in the attendance of the Danish Crown Prince Couple.


Since 1991 EBBE MUNK has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir. In 2000 Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark honoured Ebbe Munk with a knighthood (Knight of the Order of Dannebrog) and in 2015 he was elevated to Knight of the First Rank of the Order of Dannebrog.

Under the Patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark

The visit of the Choir is part of the project on “Nordic-Russian cooperation in music management: strengthening knowledge building and networking of professional music schools in the Baltic Sea Region” financed by the Nordic Culture Fund.