Veszprem City Choir

Veszprem, Hungary

Agnes Erdelyi conductor


The choir was founded in 1956 in the city of Veszprém. The first 25 years were marked by the founder and conductor, Prof. Zámbó István, who, within a few years, had led his ensemble to the top of the European choral scene. The Veszprém City Choir has also achieved remarkable successes under the conductorship of Erdélyi Ágnes, including the highest rank of the Hungarian Choirs' Qualification, and international recognition. The choir's repertoire embraces the masterpieces of the a cappella literature, but its main focus is oratorio music. Since 1967, the choir continuously has been taking part at international choral projects of Europa Cantat including six EC Festivals and not less than four International Singing Weeks, which were organised in Veszprém and has hosted the Vivace International Choir Festival. The mixed choir toured all over Europe. For the rising generation, there is a youth mixed choir, and even a folk workshop, creating a continuous possibility to be present and even to develop the cultural life of Veszprém.

Erdélyi Ágnes has been the conductor since 1989. Graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy of Budapest, she has revitalized the community choir of Veszprém. Erdélyi Ágnes is a board-member of the national Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras-KÓTA and the Hungarian Kodály Society. She is a jury-member abroad, and Hungarian consultant of several international choral bodies, artistic director of the Vivace International Choir Festival, and member of the music commission of EC Festivals.

Veszprém, this wonderful Baroque university town of 60,000 inhabitants lies at he foot of the forest-covered slopes of the Bakony Hills and the sunny Lake Balaton. It is often called the City of Queens, as it was the property and coronation venue of the Hungarian queens. The noble past turned into a vivid and colorful present with high level cultural activities – and a promising future. Veszprém will be the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2023.


Title Composer Lyrics
Remember not, Lord,
our offences
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) Excerpt from the Litany
from "Book of Common Prayer"
Elegia Dragan Shuplevski (1933-2001) Kocho Racin (1908-1943)
Székelyföldi szerelmi dalok
(Love songs from Transylvania)
Karai József (1927-2013) Hungarian folk text
Muusica (Music) Pärt Uusberg (b. 1986) Juhan Liiv (1864-1913)
Ráolvasó (Spell) Barabás Árpád (b. 1966) Rab Zsuzsa (1926-1998)