Bratislava Music Agency
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ST. MICHAEL’S BOYS’ CHOIR was founded in 1988 in Tallinn educational centre Collegium Educationis Revaliae with the aim of studying the history and values of liturgical music in European culture in the past as well as in present times. St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir is unique among other Estonian boychoirs, because although it works in a school, not a particular church, its focus lies in historical sacred music: Gregorian chant, early polyphony, and Estonian folk hymns. The choir’s repertoire also includes secular folk songs as well as contemporary choral music. Most of the choristers also study an instrument – some belonging to a small instrumental group, accompanying the choir. St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir has won several prizes at international choir competitions: incl. a gold medal in the Gregorian chant category at the sacred music competition in Olomouc, Czech Republic in 2008; in 2010 1st prize in church music category and a special prize for the best early music programme in Kaposvar, Hungary; in 2013 silver diploma at the international choir competition in Tampere, Finland, in 2016 1st prize and golden diploma in Siauliai, Lithuania. In 2012 the St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir was the first nonprofessional choir from Estonia to be invited to the world-famous Gregorian Chant festival in Watou, Belgium and the choir has repeatedly been invited back. Since 2004 the choir is a member of the worldwide organization of youth and children’s choirs who sing liturgical music, Pueri Cantores. At the end of year 2005 the boys participated in the meeting of Pueri Cantores in Rome and had the opportunity to sing at the Pope’s New Year’s Mass in the Vatican. Since 1995 chief conductor of the choir is Kadri Hunt, assistant conductor since 2013 is Karin Veissmann. Vocal coaching is being done by Jana Perens and Alar Haak.
KADRI HUNT (b. 1964) started working with St. Michael’s Boys’ Choir as an assistant conductor in 1988. Since 1995 she has been chief conductor of of the choir. In 1997 she was appointed artistic director of the Children’s Singing Studio of Estonian Radio, which consists of four children’s choirs of different ages. Kadri Hunt is also active as a composer and an arranger – her choir works have several times been performed at Estonian Song Celebrations and at other festivals in Estonia as well as abroad. KH has often been invited to give lectures and workshops (incl. At Europa Cantat festivals in Pecs, in Tallinn, World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona etc.) She is also being active as a singer, performing with different Gregorian Chant and early Music ensembles as Vox Clamantis, Cappella Reyal de Catalunya etc.Back to the list of ensembles