|Introduction in words...
The Gemma Choir has been founded in 1996 in Budapest, with members from the Hungarian Choir School Zoltán Kodály. From the beginning, the artistic leader has been Márton Tóth. Through the years the number of singers increased to 14, expanding and making the sonority and the language of music various and colorful. Their repertoire mostly comes from the early and contemporary music history, although they gladly sing other genres as an outlook; the baroque and jazz aren’t extraneous for them either.
The ensemble usually gives concerts, mainly in sacred places, churches, but being participants of several festivals, concert tours and competitions they also sing for the audience in concert halls at home and abroad as well. A significant appearance was with Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum in Franz Liszt Musical Academy, they attended The Valley of Arts festival and they are recurrent guests of Cantemus festival, over and above they were invited to Tolosa National Choral Contest in 2014, which was connected to an 8-stationed tour in Northern Spain. In April 2017, the Gemma won the Sacred Music and Chamber Choir categories of the Budapest International Coral Competition with the highest scores of the competition.
During the past years, three of their albums has been published: a Requiem-album, which contains pieces from Tomás Luis de Victoria, Henry Purcell and Robert Howells; a Christmas selection titled Hodie; and a CD with two mass-compositions of two contemporary composers recorded in 2016. On this record you can listen to Missa Lux et Origo from Levente Gyöngyösi and James Whitbourn’s meditative Son of God Mass composed for organ, soprano saxophone and choir.
Occasionally, the ensemble fulfils liturgical services also, which is an especially important part of the work and the time spent together. The Gemma Choir aspires to reach all of the audience longing for joy and and musical experience instead of only one small community. They happily accomplish requests coming from countryside or even from abroad as well.
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