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Published on Aug 30, 2009
'Wash me throughly me', S.Wesley
The Sacramentskoor consists of about 40 boys and 40 men and sings a weekly service in the 'Sacramentskerk' in Breda. The choir also frequently sings services and concerts in the Netherlands and abroad.
The Sacramentskoor was founded in 1926 in the Roman Catholic parish of the Sacrament. It first conductor was Andre Vermeeren who was succeeded in 1940 by Louis Toebosch (until 1965). Conducted by Walther Cantrijn from 1999 to 1996, the Sacramentskoor obtained national and international fame. Coen Vermeeren currently conducts the Choralen together with Henri de Graauw.
The Sacramentskoor has sung in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamberchoir, Ton Koopman, Ricardo Chailly, etc. Every year they sing the St. Matthew Passion of J.S. Bach (They made a CD with Ton Koopman that's gone platinum), with Ton Koopman they sang the St. Matthew Passion in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Paris and Barcelona. They sang Mahler's 8th symphony at the Mahler-festival in Amsterdam conducted by Ricardo Chailly. Other projects they worked on were the War Requiem by B. Britten, Carmina Burana by C. Orff, Carmen by Bizet, Te Deum by Berlioz.
De Choralen van de Grote of O.L.V. Kerk Breda consists of about 20 boys and 10 men selected from the larger Sacramentskoor. De Choralen is a much older choir, however it dissolved around 1650. It was re-established in 1993.