LIVE from Haarlem
Live From Haarlem took us to the beautiful historical Dutch town of Haarlem, home to the famous International Choral Biennale, a unique international summer festival dedicated to the very best in professional choral music. VOCES8 made their Dutch debut there in 2017 and returned for sold-out concerts and workshops in 2019. They were due to open the 2021 festival, alas not to be, but have collaborated happily on these special programmes with the Biennale Artistic Director Neil Wallace.
We presented an online programme curated especially for LIVE from London - a mini-Festival in fact. Four chamber choirs were heard: Cappella Amsterdam conducted by Daniel Reuss, Enschede’s Consensus Vocalis conducted by Béni Csillag and the Laurens Collegium, Rotterdam, conducted by Wiecher Mandemaker and the outstanding South Denmark Girls’ Choir conducted by Mette Rasmussen in an exciting collaboration with Denmark’s cult band Efterklang. The Doelen Ensemble and a number of soloists also performed.