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Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir

When:

Fri 30 Oct 2015, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: St Peter's Anglican Church, 11 Killarney St, Takapuna, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Family ticket (2adults+ up to free children): $50.00
  • Children (5-15): $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir was founded in 1932 by Jan Kühn, a distinguished singer, director and choirmaster. He originally founded it for the needs of the Czech Radio in Prague. Its exceptional quality meant that in 1952 the choir became part of the Czech Philharmonic, remaining so for forty years.

The choir is now one of the most significant Czech artistic collectives, known not only in Europe, but in Japan, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. Over the course of its existence it has given thousands of talented children a love of music and art. Its most talented children have grown into distinguished musicians – conductors, directors, composers, singers and instrumentalists. Its tradition and the breadth of its artistic scope makes it a unique artistic institution of its kind, not only in the Czech Republic but in Europe.

The choir's outstanding reputation is shown by the numerous awards and official honours it has won, including the European Grand Prix in 1998. The choir is regularly invited to major music festivals and on concert tours. In addition to giving independent performances, it works systematically with leading orchestras and operas. It has worked with the National Theatre in Prague, where children from the choir take roles in operas, since 1936.

Among the choir's greatest successes are appearances at the La Scala theatre in Milan, in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Bregenzer Festspiele festival and elsewhere. The Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir has also emerged victorious in a number of international choir competitions (Paris, Princeton, Wuppertal, Tolosa, Arezzo) including a world record of three wins at the prestigious competition at Tolos in Spain. During its existence, the choir has recorded over 50 CDs of both Czech and international music.

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