Judit Varga: The Night. Premiere with the National Youth Choir of Hungary

Judit Varga receives a commission from the National Youth Choir of Hungary

National Youth Choir of Hungary: community, quality, life-long memories

Choral singing, through which communities are formed, is a fundamental element of the Kodály Concept. The National Youth Choir of Hungary was established to fulfil this aspiration, and their performances were planned as noteworthy events of the Kodály Memorial Year.

The choir, with the support of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources, was organised by the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Kecskemét). For more than 40 years, the Kodály Institute has been training several generations of music pedagogues with the aim of making Kodály’s music educational concept a daily practice in schools. In 2016, UNESCO selected the Kodály Concept to be on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices.

On 16th December in 2017, the birthday of Kodály, the National Youth Choir of Hungary opened applications for choristers. Members of the choir were selected by two nationally and internationally renowned conductors, Péter Erdei and László Norbert Nemes. The concerts take place between 15th – 28th July, 2018. The first week is one of intense preparation. Following this, the choir goes on tour, performing five concerts, with a wide-range of repertoire that includes two world premieres.

The National Youth Choir of Hungary is comprised of young singers of Hungarian nationality that live within and outside of Hungary. It strives for the highest excellence in representing the country, and this is reflected in the high calibre of the singers. The conductors and choristers hope to give the audience a memorable musical experience.


Members of the Choir: the unity of diversity

Where are they from?

53 Hungarians residing in Hungary, 9 Hungarians from outside the borders of the country, 1 Greek-Hungarian


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Sechs Lieder op. 48. (Six Songs)
Máté Bella – Gyula Juhász: Béke (Peace)
György Orbán: Da pacem – Premiere
Z. Randall Stroope: The Conversion of Saul
Judit Varga: The Night – Premiere
Miklós Kocsár – Sándor Kányádi: Májusi kétségbeesés (Despair in May)
Zoltán Kodály: Evening
Zoltán Kodály: Annie Miller
János Vajda: Alleluja

Concert Tour Venues: Five days, five concerts

Keszthely, Hungary –Hall of Mirrors at the Helikon Palace Museum (Festetics Palace, Hungary)

23rd July, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Vienna – Hungarian Embassy, Vienna (Austria)

24th July, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Galánta –King Saint Stephen Parish Church (Slovakia)

25th July, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Budapest – Pesti Vigadó Concert Hall (Hungary)

26th July, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Kecskemét – Big Catholic Church (Hungary)

27th July, 2018 at 8 p.m.