Herning Boys Choir was founded in 1949 and is one of Denmark’s oldest boys and men’s choirs. Herning Boys Choir is inspired by the classic English timbre and choral tradition, but also has new choral music in the repertoire, and often commissions and premieres works by modern composers. The choir represents the elite in boys and men’s choirs, and has since 1984 been under the leadership of Mads Bille.
Concerts and tours
Herning Boys Choir sings at service in Herning Church. Furthermore, the choir has an extensive concert programme with approximately 25 concerts a year at home and abroad. The choir has performed in all of Denmark’s 10 cathedrals and has in recent years toured in England, Hungary, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Scotland, The Faroe Islands, The United States, Australia, France, the Baltic States and more. The choir has performed in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Notre Dame in Paris, Washington National Cathedral, Berliner Dom, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and the Sydney Opera House amongst other places.
Herning Boys Choir has worked with conductors such as Sir David Willcocks, John Hiccocks and Miltiades Caridis, and has an ongoing collaboration with Christopher Robinson. In 2012 the choir hosted the English conductor and composer Alexander Prior, premiering his ‘En ny himmel’ – a grand modern choral work written particularly for Herning Boys Choir by the, at the time, merely 19-year-old Prior. In 2013 the choir performed Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ under the leadership of Andrew Nethsingha, performing with his world famous Choir of St. Johns College from Cambridge.
A life in song
Herning Boys Choir consists of 50 boys and men, almost all of which have been part of the choir since they started in the preparatory school at the age of 8 or 9. Alongside working with the choir, members have solo singing lessons and ear training at the Jutland School of Singing.
For many of the young singers, the years in Herning Boys Choir and the Jutland School of Singing mark the beginning of a professional career in music. The boys choir has by now become an important supplier of singers to the country’s music conservatories and to the Royal Opera’s school for solo vocalists, the Opera Academy. Herning Boys Choir has since 2001 worked with the Danish National Opera in providing chorus members for boys’ rolls and more.
Herning Boys Choir has recorded a number of CD’s and made several broadcasts for Danish TV and radio, and in 2009 the choir and Mads Bille were portrayed in the documentary film ‘En stemme for livet’ (‘A Voice for Life’). It was also that same year that the choir celebrated its 50th anniversary and, on that occasion, was under the protectorate of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.