NFM Choir

The NFM Choir was founded in 2006 by Andrzej Kosendiak as a resident ensemble of the Wrocław Philharmonic. Directed for its first 15 years by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Lionel Sow became its Artistic Director in 2021. The choir has a well-earned reputation for its work in several genres, performing a cappella pieces as well as large-scale oratorios, operas, and symphonic compositions. The choir has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Giovanni Antonini, Bob Chilcott, Iván Fischer, Jacek Kaspszyk, Stephen Layton, James MacMillan, Paul McCreesh, Zubin Mehta, Masaaki Suzuki, Kirill Petrenko and Krzysztof Penderecki, performing more than 300 concerts, including at the Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Philharmonie de Paris and Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as Berlin Philharmonie.

The NFM Choir is frequently invited to perform at international festivals such as the BBC Proms, International Ankara Music Festival, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy, Klarafestival, Serenade! Choral Festival, and Warsaw Autumn. The choir has worked with, among others, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Collegium Japan, Berliner Philharmoniker, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR). At the core of the choir’s activity are world premières of choral and vocal-instrumental works, including by such composers as Penderecki, Zubel, Panufnik, Augustyn, Łukaszewski, Wolfe, and Chilcott. 

The NFM Choir has made a series of award-winning recordings under the direction of Paul McCreesh issued by Winged Lion, and two discs of Bob Chilcott’s music: The Seeds of Stars and Canticles of Light, on Signum. Its recording of De profundis won 2017 Album of the Year in the category for choral music, oratorio, and opera from the Fryderyk Awards. Recent releases include Ubi caritas, Music of Trust, The Phantoms by Stanisław Moniuszko, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and the discs of works by Marcin Józef Żebrowski and Witold Lutosławski.

Highlights of 2022/23 season included collaboration with Massaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, and an opera production of Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten with Berliner Philharmoniker led by Kirill Petrenko during Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden and at the Berliner Philharmonie.

Her Voice
Closing of the NFM Choir Season
23.06
Sun.
4:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and NFM Choir at Berlioz Festival, France
 
30.08
Fri.
9:00 PM
dziedziniec zamku Ludwika XI, La-Côte-Saint-André
New Beginnings
Christoph Eschenbach / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
15.09
Sun.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Back to Future
NFM Choir and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Season Opening
04.10
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
13.10
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Resurrection
Karel Mark Chichon / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
08.11
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Saint Nicolas Cantata
15th Anniversary of the NFM Boys' Choir
06.12
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
L'enfance du Christ
Paul McCreesh / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
20.12
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Northern Lights
Gary Graden / NFM Choir
19.01
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Dialogue
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
09.02
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Seven Last Words from the Cross
Andrzej Kosendiak / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
16.04
Wed.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Depths of the Soul
Christoph Eschenbach
25.04
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Astralis
Christian-Pierre La Marca / NFM Choir
18.05
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Songs of the Spirit
Lionel Sow / Vincent Warnier / TrombQuartet / NFM Choir
29.06
Sun.
6:00 PM
Evangelical-Augsburg Church of Divine Providence
Lionel Sow / fot. Łukasz Rajchert
Lionel Sow / fot. Łukasz Rajchert
Lionel Sow
Artistic Director of NFM Choir

Since 2011, when Lionel Sow took over running the Orchestre de Paris Chorus, he has developed a major training project in which pedagogy plays a pivotal role. His desire is not only to provide the Orchestre de Paris with a chorus capable of singing the choral repertoire with passion and talent, but also to enable young singers to be trained in a demanding environment. An academy, a chamber choir, a children's choir and a youth choir have been created between 2012 and 2015.

The ensemble
Sopranos

Agata Chodorek, Małgorzata Kątnik, Natalia Kiczyńska, Patrycja Kujawa, Monika Michaliszyn, Agnieszka Niezgoda, Joanna Palac, Paulina Rogóż-Migacz, Agnieszka Ryman, Aleksandra Turalska, Violetta Wysocka-Marciniak

Altos

Bianka Maxim, Marta Mączewska, Aleksandra Michniewicz, Ewelina Nawrocka, Agata Ranz, Joanna Rot, Aleksandra Sosna, Ewelina Wojewoda, Ewa Wojtowicz, Magdalena Wolska

Tenors

Jakub Bieszczad, Marek Belko, Adam Cieślak, Krzysztof Domański, Andrzej Górniak, Jarosław Kawałko, Łukasz Wilda, Marcin Winnicki, Paweł Zdebski

Basses

Maciej Adamczyk, Filip Chudzicki, Dawid Dubec, Marek Fras, Paweł Jan Frasz, Marek Paśko, Jan Pieter, Michał Pytlewski, Piotr Woroniecki, Grzegorz Zajączkowski

Personnel Manager

Aleksandra Turalska

Librarian

Marek Fras

 
Dance of Death
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
Szymanowski
Iwona Sobotka / Giancarlo Guerrero / NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska
Music of Trust
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny / Chór NFM
Canticles of Light
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny / Chór NFM
Światło zimowej nocy
Chór NFM / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum / Chór Chłopiecy NFM
Witold Lutosławski. Opera Omnia 08. Kolędy
Aleksandra Kurzak / Chór NFM / NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska
Beethoven. Symphony 9
Giovanni Antonini, Kammerorchester Basel, Chór NFM
Ubi caritas
De profundis
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Chór NFM
35 zł
Mendelssohn. Elijah 1846
Paul McCreesh, Chór NFM
Folk Love. Miłość na ludowo
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Chór NFM
Haydn. The Seasons 1801
Paul McCreesh, Chór NFM, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
Witold Lutosławski | Opera Omnia 05
Jacek Kaspszyk, NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska
46 zł
Marcin Józef Żebrowski
Andrzej Kosendiak / Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
Stanisław Moniuszko. Widma
Andrzej Kosendiak, Chór NFM, Chór Chłopięcy NFM, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
Słowa dźwiękiem malowane
Chór NFM
Benjamin Britten. War Requiem 1962
Paul McCreesh / Gabrieli Consort
Hector Berlioz – Grande Messe des Morts 1837
Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players, NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska, Chetham’s School of Music Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Gabrieli Consort, Chór NFM
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
West Side Sinfonietta
NFM Boys' Choir
NFM Girls' Choir
Lutosławski Quartet
LutosAir Quintet
Polish Cello Quartet

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