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About us

neuchatel2006"Astrolabium" Choir was formed in October 1999. From a group of several founder members, it has grown to include approximately 40 singers, all of them either working professionally or studying. At the beginning, their rehearsals were held at the Torun branch of Caritas. Then, between July 2001 and September 2003, "Astrolabium" was under the patronage of the Academic Chaplaincy (S.J.) in Torun; later, from September 2003 to December 2011 - under the Torun School of Banking.  The choir’s name, "Astrolabium", is a symbol of their strong ties with the City of Torun, Copernicus’s birthplace, especially as the astronomer is mostly portrayed wielding an astrolabe. Since the very beginning, "Astrolabium" has been an active participant in the cultural life in Torun, in various events, festivals, and competitions in Poland and abroad, and has received numerous prizes. Their repertoire encompasses a wide range of a cappella music, with special attention paid to works by contemporary composers. The choir has also taken part in many vocal and instrumental projects, cooperating with world-famous and excellent artists and choirs, e. g. the Torun Symphony Orchestra, Capella Bydgostiensis, the Polish National Radio Orchestra, the Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Gdansk, the Pomorska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Bydgoszcz, the Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir in Poznan, the Choir of the Academy of Music in Gdansk, the Warsaw University Academic Choir, Collegium Musicum Choir at the Warsaw University, Zakopower as well as with Krzysztof Szydzisz, Milosz Bembinow, Michal Nesterowicz, Lukasz Borowicz, Kai Bumann, Paul McCreesh, Martin Gester, Piotr Sulkowski, Massimiliano Caldi, Barry Epperley, Krzesimir Debski, Maciej Zoltowski, Magdalena Cynk, and Zbigniew Kozub. In 2009, the Mayor of the City of Torun awarded "Astrolabium" with Thorunium, a medal for exceptional achievements and merits for the city. Among numerous awards and achievements of "Astrolabium" Choir one can mention the nomination for Fryderyk Award 2014 in the category "Album of the Year: choral, oratorio and opera music" for a monographic CD Astrolabium sings Bembinow presenting a music of highly esteemed Polish composer Milosz Bembinow.

astrolabium ohrid macedonia 2008