Come end April, Sri Lanka can give ear to sublime, soaring music from one of Denmark's oldest and most respected boys’ choirs, the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (CRCC) when they arrive in Sri Lanka for the first time. This elite European Choir have had several globally acclaimed performances over the world.
Since 1959 the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and as part of its duties performs at state occasions and during royal visits abroad. Their visit to Sri Lanka is in cooperation with the Danish Embassy in New Delhi
The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir will start their tour with a performance on April 29 at the Hotel Jetwing Light House, in Galle.
Their gala performance will be on May 2 at the Lionel Wendt and tickets and box plan will be available one week ahead. This charity concert will be in aid of the Jeevaka Fund, Cancer Institute, Maharagama. On May 4, they will be at the Thorana Lounge, Hilton followed by two shows in Kandy when they perform on May 6, exclusively for the student audience at Girls’ High School and on the 7th give a special performance to the Kandy connoisseurs of classic music at the Mahaweli Reach.
Founded as the Copenhagen Boys' Choir in 1924, the Choir was permanently connected with the Christiansborg Slotskirke (Chapel of Christiansborg Castle) in 1959.
With a repertoire ranging from commissioned works by leading contemporary composers to the earliest polyphony, the choir has earned a reputation over the years for being one of the finest of its type, giving concerts all over the world.
Among their repertoire of sacred songs and hymns, favourites include Carl Nielsen's "Benedictus", Lewkowitch's "Salve Regina" and "Alma redemptoris", Norgard's "Agnus Dei II" and Ruders' "I sne star urt".
Among some of the oldest European musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (CRCC) is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia. Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in Sankt Annae Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School. Today the choir consists of 30 boys and 14 men.