National Youth Choir of Hungary: community, quality, life-long memories
Choral singing, through which communities are formed, is a fundamental element of the Kodály Concept. The National Youth Choir of Hungary was established to fulfil this aspiration, and their performances were planned as noteworthy events of the Kodály Memorial Year.
The choir, with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, was organised by the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Kecskemét). For more than 40 years, the Kodály Institute has been training several generations of music pedagogues with the aim of making Kodály’s music educational concept a daily practice in schools. In 2016, UNESCO selected the Kodály Concept to be on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.
On 16th December in 2017, the birthday of Kodály, the National Youth Choir of Hungary opened applications for choristers. Members of the choir were selected by two nationally and internationally renowned conductors, Péter Erdei and László Norbert Nemes. The concerts take place between 15th – 28th July, 2018. The first week is one of intense preparation. Following this, the choir goes on tour, performing five concerts, with a wide-range of repertoire that includes two world premieres.
The National Youth Choir of Hungary is comprised of young singers of Hungarian nationality that live within and outside of Hungary. It strives for the highest excellence in representing the country, and this is reflected in the high calibre of the singers. The conductors and choristers hope to give the audience a memorable musical experience.