Webinar ‘Choral Music – The Next Generation’

Replay webinar Choral music – the next generation’


Sunday 31 October 2021

International webinar by CantaRode International Choral Festival and The Netherlands Chamber Choir 

The world of choirs is rapidly changing. Though interest in traditional forms of choral singing is fading, people still want to sing together. How can you as a choir be innovative during this (post corona) time of age? How do you use your repertoire and alternative forms of singing together to kindle the interest of a new generation of singers (and audience)? This will be the main subject of the webinar ‘CHORAL MUSIC – THE NEXT GENERATION’, organized by the International Choral Festival CantaRode together with the Netherlands Chamber Choir (Nederlands Kamerkoor) on Sunday 31 October 2021.

Tido Visser
The Netherlands Chamber Choir (NKK) has basically seen en done everything in its 84 years of existence. From dullness to dynamics, from arrogance and anxiety to brilliance and success.  ‘We have celebrated triumphs in the world’s biggest concert halls, and we have seen fear getting the better of our singers’, says artistic and managing director Tido Visser of the NKK. ‘We organized wonderful pension schemes for our singers, but a couple of years later we had to face ruthless and massive redundancies due to 75% cut-back of our subsidies.’ How did they survive?During the first part of the webinar Tido Visser talks about the transition of the Netherlands Chamber Choir from a choir to an art institute.

Imre Ploeg
During the second part of the webinar the floor will be given to Imre Ploeg, education manager and artistic leader of the new project NKK NXT. He will talk about the innovative way the Netherlands Chamber Choir works with young professionals from different backgrounds in the traineeship NKK NXT. One question is central to NKK NXT: what is the role of ensemble singing in the (nearby) future? Imre questions the role of singers (amateur and professional) and conductors: would it be possible to work in a choir or ensemble, based on joint leadership, joint decision-making and personal urgency? Can a choral performance be more than a concert with beautiful songs and a consenting audience? Can we use choral music to question social issues and if so, what would be a good way to do that?

The webinar CHORAL MUSIC – THE NEXT GENERATION will take place on Sunday 31 October 2021, from 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. (Amsterdam time). The webinar focuses on conductors, composers and boards/directors of choirs and choral institutes. Pre-registration is necessary. Participants will be sent a link and password, with which they can log in on 12 September. The main language during this webinar will be English.

For whom? –  conductors, composers and boards.
When? – Sunday 31 October 2021
Where? –  online
What time? – 2  p.m. – 3.30 p.m. (Amsterdam time)
How much? –  free of charge