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Noordhollands Jongenskoor (Boys Choir)

Founded: 1977 - Alkmaar, Holland

Few choirs in Europe can be more proud of their impelling, motivated and inspired founder and conductor than the Noordhollands Jongenskoor from Alkmaar. Hendrik Timmerman is the guiding force behind a still young choir, as measured in years (it was founded in 1977), however, in quality it has become a prominent and influential.

Also, in the international festivals where the finest choirs in the world participate, the conceptions of Hendrik Timmerman compel respect and esteem. Hendrik Timmerman is an ambitious musician who does not hesitate to propel the Noordhollands Jongenskoor to superior goals. It is the only boys choir in Holland that regularly performs large works such as the Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach. Its many sided repertoire encompasses nearly five centuries with composers such as: Josquin, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Heinrich Schütz, Hans Leo Hassler, Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar, Penderecki, Szymanowska and Leonard Bernstein.

The choir performs the compositions as they were intended. Hendrik Timmerman is, concerning this matter, very strick and not likely to compromise. The responses that the choir receive in Holland and in foreign countries are nothing more than the truth. One need only mention their performance of the Passions of J.S. Bach and the reactions become lyrical. In all musical matters they are praised and Hendrik Timmerman esteemed. A concert by the Noordhollands Jongenskoor is an experience in which you witness a new musical masterpiece, composed and performed with great refinement and affect.


Source: Liner notes to the album 'J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion' conducted by Hendrik Timmerman (Point Prodictions, 1993)
Contributed by
Sw Anandgyan (November 2005)

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