The Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamber Choir), founded by Felix de Nobel in 1937, is a full-time and independent professional vocal
ensemble which concentrates on a cappella repertoire from the early Middle Ages to the present day. In recent seasons the Nederlands Kamerkoor has commissioned works from leading composers, and the world premières of these compositions – by Sir John Tavener, James MacMillan, Edith Canat de Chizy, Gija Kancheli, Hans Kox, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Gerard Beljon, Karin Rehnqvist, Mauricio Kagel and Jan Vriend – have been received enthusiastically by the press. On the books for the near future are commissions for works by Peter-Jan Wagemans, Karin Rehnqvist, Elmer Schönberger and Sir Harrison Birtwistle. The Nederlands Kamerkoor works with conductors specialized in different periods of music. In 2005 Peter Dijkstra was named Principal Guest Conductor and the Flemish early music specialist Paul Van Nevel Honorary Guest Conductor. That same year saw the appointment of Klaas Stok as Choirmaster. The Nederlands Kamerkoor also works regularly with conductors Marcus Creed, Ed Spanjaard, Reinbert de Leeuw and Roland Hayrabedian. Every year the Nederlands Kamerkoor presents its own series of concert programmes in Holland, and in addition performs both there and abroad with orchestras and ensembles such as the Nieuw Ensemble, ASKO Schönberg Ensemble, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Orchestra and the Orchestra of the 18th Century. The Nederlands Kamerkoor has to date issued almost seventy CDs, of which several have received an Edison Award and a Diapason d’or.