plenum - groningen
One of the dearest things I did as a conductor was leading the 'project-choir' PLENUM
in the north of Holland.
Two times a year about 40 very skilled amateur singers assembled to do crazy stuff.
Sorry the rest of this page is in Dutch.
Plenum was a project choir consisting of the top tier of amateur singers from the northern provinces
of the Netherlands. Twice a year, the highly experienced ensemble and choral singers performed polyphonic, monumental choral works, rarely, if ever, be performed by regular amateur choirs because of the high demands of both distribution and difficulty.
The repertoire was very broad: from Ockeghem to contemporary and everything in between.
Plenum means 'full', and that was explained in two ways:
firstly full in the sense of as many voices/parts as possible,
but also full in the sense of a large, saturated and enchanting choral sound.
For each project, the 30-40 singers came together over a weekend.
In that one weekend, the programme was prepared and performed.
Time and again, the ensemble amazed and delighted a full Martinikerk.
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