The Concertkoor Haarlem has 70 years experience performing especial and thrilling concerts. Our living quality-choir guarantees inspired performances since its establishment. We are working on high level concerts in a relaxed and concentrated sphere.
The choir is directed and conducted by Ger Vos since 1991. Also organist and repetitor Gonny van der Maten is already more that 20 years solid as a rock at the rehearsals of the Concertkoor Haarlem.
The Concertkoor Haarlem is a mixed amateur choir, established in 1946 by the organist and composer Albert de Klerk. Its initial name was Koor Katholiek Haarlem.
The choir differentiates itself from usual oratorium choirs by its repertoire: next to well known oratoria the choir is performing pieces that are less known with the broad public. By doing so, the choir tries to give outstanding pieces a chance that are rarely on never performed in the Netherlands.
As examples in 2005 the Missa Brevis by Zoltán Kodály was performed and in 2008 the Missa Sancti Papae Pii Decimi by Albert de Klerk. In 2009 the Gloria of Francis Poulenc was performed and two rarely heard pieces by Lili Boulanger. In the jubilee year 2012 A Child of Our Time by Michael Tippett was performed. Next to that widely known pieces are chosen, like the Johannes Passion by J.S. Bach (2008 and 2010), the Requiem by Mozart (2005), Ein Deutsches Requiem by Brahms (2000) or the Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (2003). The Requiem by FaurÃ© was performed in 2005 and 2008. In 2012 the Elias by Mendelssohn was performed.
The Concertkoor Haarlem is registered with the Koninklijke Bond van Zang- en Oratoriumverenigingen and the Federatie van Haarlemse Koren.