NFM Choir

The NFM Choir was formed in 2006 by Andrzej Kosendiak. Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny directed the ensemble from the beginning. Since the 2021/2022 season Lionel Sow has taken over as Artistic Director. The ensemble has quickly earned a strong reputation for its work in several genres, performing a cappella works as well as large-scale oratorios, opera and symphonic compositions. The choir has worked with such renowned conductors as Giovanni Antonini, Bob Chilcott, Iván Fischer, Jacek Kaspszyk, Stephen Layton, James MacMillan, Paul McCreesh, and Krzysztof Penderecki. They have performed more than 300 concerts, among others, at the Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall in London, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Philharmonie de Paris and Salle Pleyel in Paris.

The NFM Choir has frequently been invited to perform at international festivals such as the BBC Proms, International Ankara Music Festival, Gent Festival van Vlaanderen, Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Academy, Klarafestival, Serenade! Choral Festival, and Warsaw Autumn. The ensemble has worked with, among others, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Il Giardino Armonico, and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR). The core of the ensemble’s activity are world premieres of choral and vocal-instrumental works, including by such composers as K. Penderecki, A. Zubel, R. Panufnik, R. Augustyn, P. Łukaszewski, J. Wolfe, and B. Chilcott.

An important part of the NFM Choir’s discography is a series of recordings with Paul McCreesh released on his Winged Lion label and awarded prestigious awards: BBC Music Magazine Award 2012 in the Technical Excellence category (Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts), Diapason d’Or 2013 Mendelssohn’s Elijah), BBC Music Magazine Choral Award 2014 (Britten’s War Requiem). A cappella works performed by the NFM Choir feature on a disc with music by Bob Chilcott The Seeds of Stars (2012) and on three discs with Polish choral music: Words Painted with Sounds (2012), Folk Love (2014), and De profundis (2016); the latter won Fryderyk Award 2017 in the Album of the Year – Choral Music, Oratorio and Opera category. March 2017 saw the premiere of the album with The Seasons by Haydn, recorded with the participation of the NFM Choir under the baton of Paul McCreesh. 2018 saw the release of the Ubi caritas album, the premiere recording of the original version of Phantoms by Moniuszko (Fryderyk 2019 in the Album of the Year – Choral Music, Oratorio and Opera category) and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, recorded with Giovanni Antonini. In 2019, an album recorded under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak with works by Marcin Józef Żebrowski was released and later nominated for Fryderyk 2020 in the Album of the Year – Oratorio and Opera Music category.

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Song of the Night
Maria João Pires / Iwona Sobotka
22.06
Wed.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Petite messe solennelle
Lionel Sow & NFM Choir
03.07
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
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Banganarti Hymns
Norbert Twórczyński /NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
13.09
Tue.
7:00 PM
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
Paradise
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
18.09
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Ukrainian Sacred Music. Opening of the NFM Choir Season
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
23.10
Sun.
6:00 PM
Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Requiem
Andrzej Kosendiak / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
04.11
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Faithful Journey
Jacek Kaspszyk / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
11.11
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
The Voice of America
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
11.12
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Celestial Bodies
Gidon Kremer / Giancarlo Guerrero
16.12
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Christmas Oratorio
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
07.01
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Papillon de nuit
Mathieu Romano / NFM Choir
14.01
Sat.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Music of Trust. Concert promoting the Music of Trust album
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny / NFM Choir
05.02
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
The Seven Gates of Jerusalem
Iwona Hossa / Maciej Tworek / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
17.03
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Messa da Requiem
Giancarlo Guerrero / NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
31.03
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
From Dusk till Dawn
NFM Boys' Choir / Lutosławski Quartet
14.04
Fri.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Immortal Bach
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
30.04
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Ein Deutsches Requiem
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
11.06
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall

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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, Monika Piechaczek, 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, Marcin Belcyr, 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

Personal Manager

Aleksandra Turalska

Librarian

Marek Fras

Światło zimowej nocy
Chór NFM / NFM Orkiestra Leopoldinum / Chór Chłopiecy NFM
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Beethoven. Symphony 9
Giovanni Antonini, Kammerorchester Basel, Chór NFM
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Ubi caritas
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Mendelssohn. Elijah 1846
Paul McCreesh, Chór NFM
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Folk Love. Miłość na ludowo
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Chór NFM
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Haydn. The Seasons 1801
Paul McCreesh, Chór NFM, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
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De profundis
Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Chór NFM
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Witold Lutosławski | Opera Omnia 05
Jacek Kaspszyk, NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska
46 zł
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Marcin Józef Żebrowski
Andrzej Kosendiak / Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
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Stanisław Moniuszko. Widma
Andrzej Kosendiak, Chór NFM, Chór Chłopięcy NFM, Wrocławska Orkiestra Barokowa
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Słowa dźwiękiem malowane
Chór NFM
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Witold Lutosławski. Opera Omnia 08. Kolędy
Aleksandra Kurzak / Chór NFM / NFM Filharmonia Wrocławska
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NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
West Side Sinfonietta
NFM Boys' Choir
Lutosławski Quartet
LutosAir Quintet
Polish Cello Quartet
NFM Ensemble
NFM Leopoldinum String Trio

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