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Swiss Youth Choir's 30th anniversary concert

Saturday 16 November 2024 7:30 PM

Starting from CHF 15.-

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Join the party! The Swiss Youth Choir celebrates anniversaries with a rich program centered around Frank Martin’s majestic Mass for Double Choir a cappella.


JOHANNES BRAHMS - Fünf Gesänge (Five songs) Op. 104 - Nachtwache I (Night Watch I), Nachtwache II (Night Watch II) and Letztes Glück (Last happiness)

WILLY BURKHARD - Kleiner Psalter (Little Psalter) for mixed choir a cappella

CYRILL SCHÜRCH - Psalm 19 (creation)

SARA ⁠BUCHER - Où quelque chose se mélange (Where something mixes)

FRANK MARTIN - Mass for Double Choir a cappella

Performance running time : 1h15 without intermission

This year, the Swiss Youth Choir not only celebrates its 30th anniversary but also the 50th anniversary of Frank Martin’s death, by featuring the renowned Mass for Double Choir a cappella, one of the iconic sacred choral works of the 20th century, at the center of its program. This piece has also played a significant role in the history of the Swiss Youth Choir, which has been diligently working on and regularly performing it for several years.

To commemorate this double jubilee, the choir has recently recorded the mass along with two works by Swiss composers: Kleiner Psalter by Willy Burkhard and a new creation by Cyrill Schürch, Psalm 19. They will unveil this new album on this occasion. To complete this Swiss triptych, the entirely a cappella program is enriched with pieces of different styles that showcase the choir’s diverse repertoire and enhance this festive moment.

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Tickets available online or on site on the day of the concert

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Swiss Youth Choir


For nearly 30 years, the Swiss Youth Choir has generated enthusiasm with its freshness, musicality, and precision, through the diversity of its performances and its irresistible charm. The Swiss Youth Choir builds bridges between linguistic regions. It brings together pupils, high school students, apprentices, university students, and young professionals. Music students can also gain valuable experience and make useful contacts within the Swiss Youth Choir.

Time spent in the Swiss Youth Choir has always been a significant life experience for its members: the shared pursuit of perfection, the friendships formed across linguistic barriers and professional backgrounds, lead to incredible cohesion and impressive social skills among these young adults.

The Swiss Youth Choir unites two ensembles under one roof: the Concert Choir, with about fifty choristers aged 16 to 26, and, since 2020, the Symphonic Choir, which includes up to 100 choristers aged 16 to 30.

The Swiss Youth Choir is supported by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) and is the only choir to receive direct support from the Swiss Choir Association (USC). Since its creation, the Swiss Youth Choir has been sponsored by the Swiss Choir Association and the Swiss Federation Europa Cantat (FSEC). The Swiss Youth Choir is a non-profit association, politically and confessionally neutral.

Nicolas Fink


Choir conductor, musical mediator, provider of ideas – Nicolas Fink does not shy away from anything when it comes to developing sound and sharing a living experience of choral music. An uncompromising sonic perfection, a primacy of the fit between content and music, and a quest for the exceptional are at the heart of the Berne-born musician’s artistic work. Nicolas Fink does not confine himself to a single style of music and is eager for eclecticism.

After graduating with honors in choral conducting from the Lucerne University of Music and Performing Arts and obtaining a concert diploma as a baritone, Nicolas Fink found his vocation as a choir conductor through several stages, including a Conducting Fellowship at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center (2006). Radio choirs embody the ideal of his work in its purest form. His time as assistant conductor at Rundfunkchor Berlin made a significant impression; between 2010 and 2015, Nicolas Fink was able to combine the full spectrum of radio choir work, with insights into the development of new concert formats and music mediation, which had a lasting influence on him. Since then, Nicolas Fink has appeared as a guest conductor with the WDR and MDR radio choirs, the Chœur de Radio France, Vocalconsort Berlin, Coro Casa da Música Porto, Chamber Choir Ireland, Cor del Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Edvard Grieg Kor. A much sought-after partner for choir preparation, he has worked to date with more than 25 leading conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowski and Daniele Gatti. Since September 2020, he has led the WDR Rundfunkchor as Principal Conductor.

Nicolas Fink has been collaborating with the Swiss Youth Choir since 2016, and has been its artistic director since 2018.