2023: The Leiden English Choir is 50 years old.
From its humble beginnings as an ad-hoc carol-singing group at the University’s English department, the Leiden English Choir has developed into a vibrant choir for motivated amateur singers.
Summer concert: ‘To See a World’.
On 10 June, we celebrate our 50th anniversary with a mini-festival, at which we will be joined by choirs from Leiden’s twin cities: Astrolabium from Toruń, and the City of Oxford Choir. This concert is supported by The Dutch Cultural Participation Fund, by the municipality of Leiden, and the committees of the Oxford-Leiden Link and the Toruń-Leiden Link.
In July we will give the same concert with the City of Oxford Choir in Oxford Town Hall.
The concert’s theme is summarized in the piece for three choirs composed especially for this occasion by our conductor Hebe de Champeaux: ‘To see a World’. In this piece and the others on the programme, the main focus is on nature and the earth. Another central piece, ‘Earthrise’ by the contemporary British composer Alec Roth, was inspired by the iconic photograph of the earth taken from Apollo 8 in 1968.
Watch this website for updates on our special anniversary year!
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