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Royal Breda Male Choir (NL)

(Founded 5th October 1865)

The Breda Male Choir is one of the longest established choirs in the Netherlands and since 1905 entitled to add “Royal”, granted by Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina, to its name. In 1986, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix granted the choir official continuation of this title of honour. Apart from numerous concerts in and around the hometown of Breda, many concerts were given abroad, in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Czech Republic, Poland and Italy.

Under the present head conductor Marcel Verhoeff, this flourishing period was marked a decade of unbroken successes and highlighted. The first milestone under direction took place on October 1994, with an impressive concert during the manifestation and celebration and the commemoration of “Breda liberated 50 years” ago. Attended by many VIPs, authorities and captains of industry from the Netherlands and Poland and the special guest of honour, Crown Prince Willem Alexander of Orange.

Another highlight was the successful concert tour of Poland in June 2002. The choir was invited by the municipality of Breda to give a memorial concert on the occasion of the 1000-year’s memorial of Breda’s sister city, Wroclaw. Attended by the Polish President Kwasniewski and many civil and clerical authorities from Poland and abroad including thousands of inhabitants of the city.

The year 2002 marked another highlight: the festive “Midsummer night concert” inJune, on the parade ground of the Royal Military Academy, to highlight the Breda 750 jubilation festivals. Followed by a pilgrimage led by Bishop Martinus Muskens to Rome in October 2002. Highlight of the concert tour was the performance of W.A. Mozart’s “Krönungsmesse” in St Peters Cathedral/ the Vatican. During an “Audience” with the Holy Father, The Pope, the choir created a spontaneous musical happening.

Over the years the choir has become renown with the highly successful “Night of the Proms” and “Night of the Classics” concerts. Always sold out and attended by a large and enthusiastic audience of fans of this popular choir. Word of mouth spread the quality of these concerts to other music venues. In 2003, the choir was invited to perform a “Night of the Classics” concert in Music Centre Vredenburg in Utrecht. The success was overwhelming. The concerts finally ended after many “we want more and encores“ with a standing ovation by the audience.

The long lasting successful and close co-operation with the Royal Military Academy resulted in a magnificent concert to conclude the 175th birthday celebration of the Royal Military Academy on 24th November 2003 in the “Grote Kerk” in Breda. Attended by many officials and special guest of honour, H.M. Queen Beatrix, the impressive field mass “Polni Mse” by Buhuslav Martinu became a remarkable and historical musical highlight in the history of the Royal Choir. On Christmas Eve 2004 the Breda Male Choir will give a special and traditional Christmas concert in the “Grote Kerk” in Breda. The Christmas Eve concert is traditionally led and celebrated by Bishop Muskens for an enthusiastic and dedicated audience in a church packed to the limit.


Royal Breda Male Choir on FACEBOOK in 2005, No1. , No. 2.
Royal Breda Male Choir charinty events in Kursenai Foster home in 2007 No.3.  
Royal Breda Male Choir on FACEBOOK in 2010

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