Polish Radio Choir
The Polish Radio Choir was founded by Jerzy Gert in October 1948. For 70 years of operation, the choir has been performing both a cappella works and vocal-instrumental forms that represent various styles and periods, with a particular focus on Polish music. Next to their concert activity, the Polish Radio Choir performs archival recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, as well as CD recordings for both national and foreign labels.
The Polish Radio Choir can pride itself on world premieres of works by the most outstanding Polish contemporary composers, including Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar, as well as collaborations with the new generation of Polish authors, including Agata Zubel, Aleksander Kościów, Paweł Łukaszewski, Andrzej Kwieciński, and Szymon Godziemba-Trytek.
The choir has participated in numerous national and international festivals: Wratislavia Cantans, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Festival of World Premieres Polish Modern Music in Katowice, Warsaw Autumn, Poznań Music Spring, Festival of Polish Music in Krakow, Sacrum Profanum Festival, International Festival of Sacred Music “Gaude Mater” in Częstochowa, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lübeck, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Settimana di Musica Sacra di Monreale, Sounds New Festival in Canterbury, Europalia in Brussels.
The Polish Radio Choir has been permanently co-operating with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra conducted by Szymon Bywalec, and Beethoven Academy Orchestra.
Until March 2012, the choir functioned within the structures of the Polish Radio (Polskie Radio S.A.). In October 2012, Polskie Radio S.A. and Sonoris Foundation for Art Development signed an agreement under which the Polish Radio Choir brand, its continuation and further development, were entrusted to the Foundation. The management board of Polskie Radio S.A. provided the Polish Radio Choir with a long-term support for the attainment of the radio's public mission of cultivating and popularising the musical culture of Poland as part of the world’s cultural heritage. Since September 2017, Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka is the Choir Director.