The Danish National Vocal Ensemble

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble is the elite choir of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). The ensemble is internationally known for its pure, transparent Nordic sound. Each of the 18 singers is a professional soloist with a strong personal mode of expression. Since 2014, the principal conductor of the ensemble has been Marcus Creed. 

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble presents the whole spectrum of choral music – from Medieval and Renaissance music through Romantic classics to brand new works by young composing talents. Several Nordic composers have written works speci?cally for the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, including Per Nørgård and Svend-David Sandström. 

Each season the Danish National Vocal Ensemble appears in a number of a cappella concerts as well as with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The choir also appears with period instrument ensembles like Concerto Copenhagen and symphony orchestras from Nordic or other European countries.

The Danish National Vocal Ensemble has recorded a long succession of acclaimed albums. In 2012, they received 2 Grammy nominations and the prestigious German ECHO Award for the CD The Nightingale, recorded with recorder virtuoso Michala Petri. Other prizewinning recordings include Messiaen’s choral works which won the Diapason d’Or de l’Annee in 2016 and the Danish Radio P2 Prize 2016. 

photo: from booklet ‘The Secret Mass’

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