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Cracow Singers

Cracow Singers
Cracow Singers

A vocal ensemble under the leadership of Karol Kusz, which focuses its work on original interdisciplinary projects that develop new ideas connecting distant and unobvious areas. 

Cracow Singers also collaborate with the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow in a project featuring music by Krzysztof Penderecki and Arvo Pärt, as well as the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, producing concert series featuring the works of Witold Lutosławski. The ensemble participates in cultural events of the city of Krakow, including the Film Music Festival, Cracovia Sacra Night, Misteria Paschalia, the Miłosz Festival, Sacrum Profanum, as well as in many other festivals in Poland and abroad: the international festivals of organ and chamber music in Wygiełzów and Leżajsk, L’Orgue de Chaource in France, as well as Shakespeare festivals in Gdańsk, Yerevan, Dubrovnik and Bitola.

The Cracow Singers performed the world premiere of Lamentationes, the longest composition by Wacław of Szamotuły. Reconstructed based on historical models, the lost Renaissance work was presented during the Misteria Paschalia Festival. The artistic director of the project is Dr Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett.

The high artistic level of the ensemble was also appreciated by Stanisław Soyka – Polish jazz musician, composer and singer. Original pieces by Soyka, illustrating words written by William Shakespeare in a new a cappella arrangement were recorded on a 2-disc album titled Soyka & Cracow Singers. Shakespeare a cappella.

In the year of Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th birthday, the Cracow Singers, along with the Chamber Choir of Armenia, have prepared an a cappella programme under the artistic direction of Dr Maciej Tworek, Ph.D. The first of a series of concerts took place in May 2018 at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan.

The ensemble is currently preparing a medieval European music programme in cooperation with Dr Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett and the Swiss Ensemble Peregrina.

pic. Karol Kusz