The Netherlands

A passion for singing challenging music at a high level connects the 12-16 singers of women’s chamber choir Hera. The ensemble was founded in 2019 by conductor Raghna Wissink and from the first concert it is highly regarded with an interesting, multi-voiced, classical and contemporary a capella repertoire.

The women of Hera differ in age and background and share a very broad singing and choral experience. They stimulate each other to take musical initiative, step outside their comfort zone and work hard together. In this way they know how to understand the sometimes complex music and convincingly convey it to their audience. With parts from the debut program ‘Fear thou not’, Hera won the Vocal Festival in Utrecht in February 2020 and also became the favorite of the public.

For 2023, the focus is on the Hanseatic Year, a great Christmas program and Hera’s first international contacts as a participant in the CantaRode International Choir Festival. Hera works intensively with Dutch composers and likes to be invited by special clients, including the Stolpersteine Foundation.

Raghna Wissink – conductor
Conductor Raghna Wissink (1988) discovered her passion for music, singing and conducting as a child at the Koorschool Midden-Gelderland in Ede. At the age of fifteen she became conductor of her first children’s choir. She has been working as a teacher with the young, talented singers of the National Choirs for years. In addition to conducting, Raghna can regularly be heard as a singer, both in a professional ensemble and as a soloist. Her most recent performance was in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (retranslation Jan Rot) and Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers.