Basic information about the choir
Vokální harmonie, a chamber women’s choir from Hradec Králové, was established in 1959. Since then, 150 members and 7 choirmasters have participated in the choir’s activities. Currently there are 30 active members of various professions.
In October 1997 Mr Jaromír Schejbal, a grammar school teacher at Gymnázium Boženy Němcové in Hradec Králové, became the choir’s artistic leader and choirmaster, being the eighth in succession of leaders. Jaromír Schejbal graduated from the University of Hradec Králové and was a student of renowned professor Jiří Skopal. Ms Alena Holá, a teacher at the Faculty of Education of Hradec Králové, cooperates with the choir as a piano player.
During more than fifty years of its existence Vokální Harmonie has gained many prizes in both national and international competitions. The most recent achievements that should be mentioned, are the golden award and the title of category winner in Slovakia Cantat competition in Bratislava in 2015, and the bronze award in Wratislavia Sacra competition in Wrocłav in 2016.
Vokální harmonie has presented itself with more than 700 concerts in many Czech and Slovak cities. More than a hundred concerts were performed in 17 European countries. The varied repertory of the choir comprises pieces of all styles from the Renaissance till the present day, arrangements of folk songs and gospel music. The choir cooperates actively with the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists.
In 2016 the choir’s third CD was recorded and published. After two discs containing various pieces of music of the core repertory, this CD concentrates on Christmas religious and folk music.
After more than fifty years, the choir is still fresh and young. The members are not only singers. They keep themselves busy organizing diverse gatherings and trips, also with family members. We love singing!