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Laurenscantorij

Choir
Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
The Laurenscantorij is a semiprofessional choir, rooted in the heart of Rotterdam.  For 50 years, the ambitious company has been singing choir literature from all style periods in the Grote of Sint Laurenskerk in Rotterdam and far beyond.  The choir is under the inspiring leadership of conductor Wiecher Mandemaker, who succeeded Barend Schuurman in 2005 as artistic director of the Laurenscantorij Foundation.
 
Every month, the Laurenscantorij organizes a cantata service in the Laurenskerk, with mostly Bach on the lectern.  Once a year she performs the St. Matthew Passion in the setting of a church service, as once in Bach's Thomas Church.  This way everyone, regardless of social position, can enjoy Bach's music.  The young, enterprising singers also put Bach on the street with a unique design of the Laurenscantorij: the Bach bike.  This cargo bike can be seen on occasions in the city center of Rotterdam.

The choir regularly cooperates with productions of professional orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad. Concert hall De Doelen is an important partner in this.  The Laurenscantorij sang great British works for choir and orchestra with the Rotterdam Symphony Chorus: Hymnus Paradisi by Herbert Howells with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2015, A Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014 and Benjamin's musical complex Spring Symphony Britons with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2013. The concerts can be heard on the websites of Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3.

Particularly valuable is the close collaboration with organist Hayo Boerema.  That is why works for choir and organ get a permanent place in the own concert programming of the Laurenscantorij.  The choir also stimulates the development of new choral music.  One of the highlights of the recent past was the world premiere of four by Jack Zimmerman processed Choruses from The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams.  The Laurenscantorij undertook many concert trips abroad, such as to Istanbul in 2014 and to Lübeck in 2016.

In October 2012 the label Glossa released the complete symphonies of Beethoven, performed by the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Brüggen, on which the Laurenscantorij with the Laurens Collegium Rotterdam ( www.laurenscollegium.nl ) can be heard in the ninth symphony.  In June 2011, these choirs presented their joint first CD (Duruflé: Complete Vocal Works) on the label "laurens": "To listen to infinitely" (Jan van Laar, Elsevier) and "In the version with organ Requiem as honey in the ear "(Guido van Oorschot, Volkskrant).

  The Laurenscantorij regularly plays a role on formal occasions.  The choir sang at the wedding ceremony of Prince Johan Friso and Mabel Wisse Smit.  In the autumn of 2008, it provided the musical accompaniment during the presentation of the Erasmus Prize, in the presence of Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima.