The Zürcher Sing-Akademie was founded in 2011, when British conductor, Tim Brown, was invited to set up a new concert choir, drawing on the best available professional singers of the region, as choral partner of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, Switzerland.
Already, the choir can look back on three highly successful seasons, having made celebrated appearances with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Aargau Symphony Orchestra (Argovia) of Switzerland, and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under conductors such as David Zinman, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Frans Brüggen, Sir Roger Norrington, Neeme Järvi, Ivor Bolton, and Pablo Heras-Casado. Meanwhile, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie’s own projects have developed rapidly, including concert tours to Germany and Israel, and partnerships with ensembles as diverse as the Alan Parsons Live Project, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, the Rolling Stones, the Bavarian State Opera and a now regular partner, Orchestra La Scintilla – the baroque orchestra of the Zurich Opera House.
The choir embraces a wide range of musical styles, its flexible resources enabling it to tackle not only the choral–orchestral works of Bruckner, Britten or Bach but also a cappella works, and its own commissioned works (including from Nico Muhly).
Proud to have participated in the final concerts of David Zinman as the Tonhalle Orchestra’s outgoing Chief Conductor, the Zürich Sing-Akademie is excited to be part of the orchestra’s inaugural concert in September under its new conductor, Lionel Bringuier, in a performance of a new work by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Tonhalle Orchestra’s first-ever Creative Chair. Other projects in the forthcoming season include Penderecki’s Eighth Symphony, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium, unaccompanied works of Bax and Britten, and the Berlioz Te Deum.
The Sing-Akademie 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.