Dutch- Russian choir Soglasije was officially founded in the Netherlands in 2015 and consists of enthusiastic, ambitious and skilled amateur choral singers who have a passion for Russian choral music and perform this music through varied musical programs with highlights of Russian choral literature, focusing on quality and intensity. During successful concert trips to Saint Petersburg, Russia (2019) Moscow, Russia (2016 and 2018) and Vienna, Austria (2017), Soglasije worked together with various (professional) choirs and orchestras. In 2018 during a performance of the Matthew Passion by metropolitan and composer Hilarion (Alfeyev) in Moscow under the direction of conductor Valery Polyansky and together with the State Symphony Capella of Russia (choir and orchestra), the Grand Choir “Masters of Choral Singing”, the Synodal Choir and the Academic Choir of the University of Moscow. In Saint Petersburg with the children’s choir Perezvony of the renowned Glinka music school and during a master class in Saint Petersburg with the renowned choir conductor Vladimir Stolpovskikh, who is affiliated with the Mikhailovsky theatre together with the choir of the Mikhailovsky theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Soglasije also regularly performs at concerts in the Netherlands, including at the Hermitage in Amsterdam and at various other locations.
In February 2020, Soglasije is invited to participate in the Kalozhski Blagovest choir festival, an international Russian Orthodox choir festival in Grodno, Belarus. We are very honored to participate in this festival.
In April 2020, the choir will take on a new musical challenge through a number of special performances of the beautiful Matthew Passion of metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) in Leiden, Amsterdam and Heiloo in the Netherlands together with the Academic Choir and Orchestra of the University of Moscow.
Soglasije (phonetic for Согласие) means harmony, consent and chord in the Russian language. This in addition to the musical concept also represents how we want to relate to our fellow people and fellow singers, anywhere in the world.
Our choir consists of about 30 singers and we perform at a high amateur level. The repertoire consists of Russian liturgical, classical and edited folk music, which is mainly performed a capella.
Do you wish to stay up to date with our concerts and programs? You can find everything on our website. We sincerely hope to see you soon at one of our concerts!
Director and conductor of Soglasije
Artistic director of Soglasije is renowned conductor Sergé Latychev. Sergé has great knowledge of Russian music and an extensive network of contacts in Russia. With craftsmanship, enthusiasm, attention to detail and sound formation, focus on breathing technique and musicality he leads our rehearsals and concerts with great dedication.
Sergé was born in Moscow in 1957 and began his musical training when he studied accordion and trumpet at one of the local music institutes. In the following four years his musical training continued at the Moscow Conservatory, which is now called the Schnittke Institute, and he graduated in classical accordion and conducting. He then continued his studies in orchestral and choral management at the Gnessin Music Academy in Moscow. In 1982 he completed his studies and was honored to be appointed as concert master at this academy.
In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands and since then he has been working as conductor of a number of choirs and orchestra’s, including the Don Cossack choir of the Netherlands and Kapella Slava Cultura. Other choirs include: Bjerjozka, Alkmaar and Indrik, Hoorn as well as the North Holland Byzantine Men’s Choir, Zaandam all based in the Netherlands.
Because of his commitment and contribution to society as director and conductor of several choirs and orchestras in The Netherlands he has received royal recognition when he was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau on 31 May 2015.
Should you wish to join Soglasije, or have any questions, then we’d like to refer you to our contact page.