Choeur National des Jeunes A coeur Joie
Conductor Filippo Maria Bressan
Tours Vocal Competition 2016
The National Youth Choir of France was founded in 1999 by the National Association «À Coeur Joie». It consists of thirty singers with ages ranging from 18 to 30, which are recruited by means of an individual audition for their vocal and artistic virtues. Each choir singer commits to a 3-year period. The choir rehearses the summer season during 8 days, and finishes the rehearsal performing their first concert; they also rehearse 6 weekends every year, giving a concert to conclude each of them. In some weekends, they work in meetings with their leaders and choral singing teachers; in some others, the meetings are shaped as «master classes». The choir aims to improve its young singers’ abilities, working with the best masters and singers, and giving them the chance to discover new repertoires, specially when it comes to contemporary music. The responsibility of leading the choir goes to a different conductor every three years; nowadays is on the hands of the Italian Filippo Maria Bressan, who is helped by the French Agnès Brosset as a vocal coach. He has succeeded Régine Théodoresco, Fred Sjöberg (Sweden), Valérie Fayet, Jean-Marie Puissant and Antoine Dubois (France) on that task. The choir has performed many tours in France and abroad (Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, China, Sweden, Germany). The choir has won two Grand Prizes in Arezzo (2007) and Tours (2016).