The BONIFANTES Boys’ Choir was founded in the year 1999 and has won a place among the cream of the choir ensembles in the Czech Republic in its short life. Talented boys from the age of 4 to 18 years of age work in seven departments of the singing school known as “BONIFANTES School of Arts” with capacity of 350 students. Almost 100 boys visit the concert department alone and the choir takes part in up to 100 concerts and performances each year.

Among the successes achieved so far are a number of concert tours (Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia and USA) and performances in operas (e.g. G.Bizet – Carmen, G.Puccini – Tosca, G. Rossini – Il barbiere di Siviglia) and films (Napoleon). The choir performs in harmony with Czech orchestras on an annual basis (J. Jirásek– Kouzlo českých Vánoc, A.L.Webber – Requiem, V.Wimmer – Apel svědomí, L.Cherubini – Missa solemnis, C. Orff – Carmina Burana, Dmitrij Shostakovich – The Symphony No. 13 „Babij Jar“). Over the past three years of its activity, the choir has taken part in six international competitions (Iuventus Mundi Cantat – Festa Musicale Olomouc 2x, Prague Days of Choral Singing “Praga Cantat”, Musica Sacra Praga, B. Martinů International Competition, European Festival for youth people in Neerpelt), at which it has been awarded with eleven gold and four silver medals, three titles of competition prize-winner, and a prize for outstanding conducting performance for the choirmaster.

The choir is regularly welcome by prestigious international festivals, including “Smetanova Litomyšl”. Between most distinguished successes belong 1st prize “CUM LAUDE” at the European Choir Festival in Neerpelt and the title of overall winner at the Festival of Song2004 inOlomouc ahead of another 159 competitors. Among large range of recordings made by the choir is the world premieres with the Chamber Philharmonic Pardubice (e.g. Luigi – Cherubini – Messe Solene Brever in Es, W. A. Mozart – Missa in C, Jan Jirásek – Kouzlo českých Vánoc. Artistic guidance is provided to the BONIFANTES Boys’ Choir by its founder, Mr. Jan Míšek.

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