||The CHAMBER CHOIR HYMNIA was founded in 1983 and consists of 28 singers, all of which deal with music at a high artistic level. Under the leadership of Flemming Windekilde, the ensemble has established itself as an important and recognized part of the Danish choir elite. The choir has released several CDs with Danish and foreign choral music. Included in their double CD “Sing Noel!” (2013) is Danish and international Christmas music.
Hymnia specializes in performances of newer and often very complicated music. The choir's repertoire includes choral works from this century, and rarely performed a cappella works. Hymnia is committed to cooperation with Danish composers, and has over the years presented new Danish music including many world premieres.
Hymnia has also made a name for itself abroad. Since 1987, the choir has actively participated in International choir festivals and competitions throughout Europe. The choir has won a number of first prizes, including Arnhem (The Netherlands), Debrecen (Hungary), Llangollen (Wales), and Pardubice (The Czech Republic). In 2005, Hymnia won two 1st prizes at the 4th International Johannes Brahms Festival. The choir has performed in the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and has represented Denmark at the European Broadcasting Union's choir competition "Let the Peoples Sing."
In 1998, Hymnia was appointed Artist of the Year in Copenhagen County, and in recognition of that honour the choir recorded a CD with Danish and French choir music. The CD was given the title "Kammerkoret HYMNIA." This appointment also made it possible to record the CD “Figure Humaine” with music by Francis Poulenc and Frank Martin. In addition to these two recordings, Hymnia has signed a contract with Olufsen Records/Classico, with plans to release a number of CDs. The first of these was released in 2000, and contains music by Adolf Schnittke (Requiem and Concerto for Mixed Chorus).
Hymnia's conductor, FLEMING WINDEKILDE, received his education from the Musiciology Department at the University of Copenhagen and at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory. Windekilde is an experienced and accomplished conductor, and has most recently worked with the Danish Radio Choir on several projects and tours. To read more about Hymnia and its conductor, please visit www.hymnia.dk.