Chamber choir JIP was founded in 2013, and has grown over the past three years under the artistic leadership of my brother Jonathan and me. Twice a year, a challenging and original acapella program is compiled around socially relevant themes. The programs are often daring and bold. Singers are expected to prepare for the rehearsals at home, and work on singing technique, stage presence, improvisation, and team-building during rehearsals, thus creating a choir with a unique and high quality sound.
JIP3 | Silence and Music | autumn 2014
Chamber Choir JIP sang a program around the theme ‘Silence and Music’, also the title of one of the works composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. A tender program with music from Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Brahms, Stanford and Jurriaan Andriessen: the warmth of love, the impressionistic ideal of a lonely bird above a silenced lake, the falling of darkness and the losing of youth . With our music we reflected on the fall of autumn and her whims and beauty. We also committed ourselves to an inner path of enlightenment, which was clearly stated in the work of ‘Van Aarde en van Geest’ that I wrote for this project.
As conductor of JIP3 I conducted the following pieces:
Silence and Music – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Blue Bird – Charles Villiers Stanford
Sonnet nr. 43 – Jurriaan Andriessen
My love dwelt in a Northern land – Edward Elgar
Van Aarde en van Geest – I. Ploeg (world premiere)