Among some of the oldest European Musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The COPENHAGEN ROYAL CHAPEL CHOIR is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia.
Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in SANKT ANNÆ GYMNASIUM, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School.
Since 1959 the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and as part of its duties performs at state occasions and during royal visits abroad. In fact since Ebbe Munk became director of the choir in 1991 they have undertaken concerts in leading concert halls, cathedrals and festivals all over the world. This includes leading concert managers such as Dell‘Arte in South America, Wu Promotion in China and Sydney Opera House Trust in Australia.
With a comprehensive repertoire ranging from commissioned works by the leading composers of our time to the earliest polyphony the choir has over the years gained a reputation for being one of the finest of its type and it has recieved several high distinctions. The choir tours extensively and has given concerts in all parts of the world. It has taken part in many radio and television productions both in Denmark and abroad.
Benjamin Britten, Ernest Ansermet, Raphael Kubelik, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Andrew Davies, Sir Charles Mackerras, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Vladimir Ashkenazy and many others have each conducted the CRCC. Contemporary Scandinavian composers including Poul Ruders, Palle Mikkelborg, Per Nørgaard and Knut Nystedt have written works specially for them.
Le Figaro has placed the choir alongside the Vienna Boys Choir and that of Kings College, Cambridge as one of the finest in Europe. They work regularly with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and have made numerous CD recordings on EMI, Vanguard, Chandos, Decca, Telefunken, Danica Records and Dacapo.
On August 1, 2020, Carsten Seyer-Hansen will take over as artistic director and chief conductor for the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.
Since 2003 he has been employed at Aarhus Cathedral where he is artistic director of both Skt. Clemens Boys Choir and Aarhus Cathedral’s Kantori. Carsten Seyer-Hansen is also employed as an associate professor at Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus) with responsibility for the conducting programs at the master’s and soloist levels. In addition, he has an extensive freelance business as conductor for a number of Denmark’s professional choirs and orchestras.
Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir looks forward to welcoming Carsten Seyer-Hansen at the Sankt Annæ Gymnasium (Copenhagen Municipal Choir School), where Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is based, and where the choir boys go to school and receive their singing education. At the same time, Carsten Seyer-Hansen is hired as Choirmaster in Copenhagen Cathedral, where the choir, in addition to singing at high masses, also has a yearly concert series.
Carsten Seyer-Hansen will replace Ebbe Munk, who is retiring after almost 29 years as head of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.