Have you ever been involved in
a choir of 300 members
from all over the world?
If you have, you’ll probably never forget the experience and are eager to be part of it again.
If not yet, it’s time to give it a try!
Come to beautiful Budapest,
get immersed in the magical vibes of the city,
and perform one of the most impressive musical works ever written
with one of the best philharmonic orchestras in Hungary!
What is Choir of the Nations?
Choir of the Nations is a brand new initiative based on and organised by the experienced team of Énekel az ország (“Let the Country Sing”), a Hungarian amateur choir movement dating back to more than thirty years under the lead of musical director Gábor Hollerung (Liszt Ferenc Prize winning conductor and chorus master; Meritorious Artist of Hungary; Executive Music Director of Dohnanyi Orchestra Budafok; founder and Art Director of Budapest International Choir Competition). After many years of successful choir projects for around 450 choir members and individual singers per year, they decided to open the gates and give a chance to get involved for choir enthusiasts all over the world. Individuals as well as groups of singers are welcome to participate. Be part of it!
What we offer
A unique experience of performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of an international pop-up choir of 300 members in the magnificent Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of Palace of Arts, Budapest
Working together with world-famous conductor Gábor Hollerung and Dohnanyi Orchestra Budafok, a pre-eminent philharmonic orchestra in Europe
An insight of Beethoven’s work focusing on the 9th Symphony
A weekend in Budapest together with choral friends from all over the world
Arrival at Budapest
17.00 Sightseeing in Budapest: discover the musical history of Hungary with an experienced guide (optional)
10.00-11.00 Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – a short introduction by Gábor Hollerung
11.30-16.00 rehearsal (choir only, with lunchbreak)
19.00-22.00 Meet&Greet&Eat – getting to know each other with a Hungarian culinary experience
9.15-12.30 dress rehearsal with Dohnanyi Orchestra Budafok
participants have an opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of the Triple Concerto by Beethoven (first half of the concert)
19.00 preparation for the concert
22.00-22.30 Farewell (on-stage)
Participation fee: 90 EUR/person*
Travel expenses, accommodation and catering (except for the Meet&Greet&Eat) are NOT included in the fee.
Organisers are ready to offer assistance with hotel reservations if needed.
Participants must bring their own original scores/sheet music.
Using photocopied scores is not allowed.
“It’s Monday morning. I’m sitting here in the school, the class are taking a reading literacy test. Somehow I don’t feel the inner strength to teach today. I’m still pulsating. Last night in the car on my way home I was still completely possessed by our concert and then, finally, I sunk into a dreamless sleep. But the next morning I couldn’t find my place, coffee tasted different although I drank it from a ’sacred vessel’. Strange are the people at the petrol station, strange are the colleagues in the teachers’ room, strange are the children in the corridor and in the classroom. No, it’s not them. It’s me. I’m the one being strange, because yesterday we again experienced something extraordinary. I need a few days to be able to fit in again. A year to go and everything will be this strange again. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you, Eszter, for organising this event, for the colossal amount of work you’ve put into this. Thanks to all the organisers for their contribution. Thank you to the Maestro for the comprehensible explanations, the divine hairy armed cues and the pulsation. Thank you to my fellow choir members for their energy, perseverance and swollen feet, and the fact that we have sung through this together.”
Kata Juhászné Szabó (Let the Country Sing, 2019)
“I still haven’t fully come around after the inexplicable joy of singing Belshazzar. Perhaps this is because when we began, I couldn’t possibly imagine that I would fall in love head to toe with this piece and it would be able to trigger such intense emotions in me. This year’s Let the Country Sing experience has surpassed even my very first one, which is quite an achievement.”
Katalin Wéber (Let the Country Sing, 2019)