The Zürich Singing Academy was founded at the beginning of 2011, when British conductor, Tim Brown, was invited to set up a new concert choir which was among other things going to be the permanent partner of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich.
In its first season the Zürich Singing Academy made successful appearances as partner choir to the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, with Daniel Barenboim at the Lucerne Festival, at the Opera Schloss Hallwyl in Switzerland, as well as with Orchestra La Scintilla, the baroque ensemble of the Zurich Opera House in Bach’s St. John’s Passion under Tim Brown.Meanwhile, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie can look back on three highly successful years, in which its own projects as well as its cooperation with others have shown a steady increase.
In 2013/14 the Zürcher Sing-Akademie will work together with Tonhalle Orchestra (under David Zinman, Bernhard Haitink, Ton Koopman, Tim Brown), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (under Neeme Järvi) and Alan Parsons Live Project, as well as La Scintilla (Ivor Bolton), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Chr. Hogwood) at Bachfest Leipzig, Israel Camerata Jersusalem (Avner Biron) in Israel and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Sir Roger Norrington) at the BBC Proms and the Cambridge Summer Festival. Its flexible structure, which includes a core group of chamber choir size, allows for the necessary flexibility in dealing with varying demands. The choir can be extended with professionals whenever needed. The Academy also develops programmes for and with keen amateur singers, students and conductors and integrates groups of non-professionals in a number of programmes per season.