Laurens Collegium / Rotterdam Symphony Chorus
Young, professional choir with energetic, high quality performances. Rotterdam Symphony Chorus is its symphonic sister.
The Laurens Collegium Rotterdam is The Netherlands’ youngest professional choir and is characterized by their versatile and enthusiastic high quality performances.
The choir, based in Rotterdam, works on a project basis and consists of young professional singers. The choir is conducted by Wiecher Mandemaker. Besides the realisation of their own productions, the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam received numerous invitations from renowned orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Gelders Orkest and the Residentie Orkest. The choir worked with amongst others Frans Brüggen, Jaap van Zweden, and Ton Koopman. The repertory of the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam comprises choral literature from the 16th up to the 21st century in all possible strengths.
The Laurens Collegium Rotterdam was host choir at the Three Choirs Festival in Rotterdam in May 2013. In 2014, it performed during the renowned Gergiev Festival in a late-night concert on War and Peace. In 2009 the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam was 'Choir in Residence' for the first time at the International Choir Biennale in Haarlem.
In October 2012, the label Glossa published the complete Beethoven symphonies, performed by the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Frans Brüggen, on which the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam sings the ninth symphony. As the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad wrote about the concert of the Laurens Collegum Rotterdam with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century: ‘With the frail Brüggen, musical drama sounds intense, never overplayed. The young singers of the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam understood this method excellently and showed themselves to be flexible and transparent in Haydn’s Missa In tempore belli.’ (Newspaper NRC Handelsblad, 2010)
In June 2011, the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and the Laurenscantorij presented their first recording (Duruflé: Complete Vocal Works) on the “laurens” label, unanimously praised by the Dutch press. The two choirs join forces from time to time. They sang together Mahler’s second symphony and Britten’s Spring Symphony.
The Rotterdam Symphony Chorus is a brand-new professional symphonic choir, founded by the Laurenscantorij Foundation in consultation with Rotterdam‘s concert hall De Doelen and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Rotterdam Symphony Chorus has been brought into being to be able to perform compositions requiring a professional symphonic chorus.
The Rotterdam Symphony Chorus recently sang the world premiere of the Choruses from John Adams' Death of Klinghoffer, arranged by Bob Zimmerman, in February 2015. In November 2014, the choir performed at the ceremony of the Children’s Peace Prize held in the Ridderzaal in The Hague, in the presence of Nobel price winner Desmund Tutu. The Gelders Orchestra asked for the choir's collaboration in Beethoven's ninth symphony in December 2014.
Rotterdam Symphony Chorus made its debut in November 2013 with the performance of Brahm's Requiem together wth the brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen (piano). A Sea Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams was performed with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, leaded bij James Gaffigan.
Future performances include Howells' Hymnus Paradisi with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Residentie Orchestra.
Wiecher Mandemaker is the artistic director and conductor of the Rotterdam Symphony Chorus, the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam and the Laurenscantorij. Wiecher works as the Choir Conducting section representative at the Rotterdam Conservatoire.