Founded in 2006 by Andrzej Kosendiak, it has been directed from its debut by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny. Thanks to its dynamic performance profile, the choir has quickly established itself as one of Poland’s leading choral ensembles, boasting a rich and varied repertoire including a cappella works, large-scale vocal-instrumental, operatic and symphonic music.
In just seven years, the choir has completed numerous major projects, collaborating notably with the Gabrieli Consort and NDR Orchestra at venues including the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Barbican Centre in London and Leipzig Gewandhaus, as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and Flemish Festival in Ghent. In 2009 it was the first Polish choir to be invited to the legendary BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The London performance of Joseph Haydn’s The Creation was a sell-out, and it was immediately followed by an invitation to the Proms in 2011, when the Choir again joined forces with the Gabrieli Consort and singers such as Simon Keenleyside in a presentation of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah. The Choir also frequently performs in Poland with most of the country’s philharmonic orchestras.
The Wrocław Philharmonic Choir has collaborated with distinguished conductors such as Paul McCreesh, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, James MacMillan, Łukasz Borowicz, Mike Brewer, Bob Chilcott, and Christian Curnyn. Its performances have been broadcast on the radio in Poland and abroad. The choir’s first CD production featured music by Franz Xaver Richter under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak. The year 2011 saw the release of Hector Berlioz’s monumental Grande Messe des Morts, and in 2012 the choir recorded Mendelssohn’s Elijah – both under Paul McCreesh. In 2011, the choir won one of the three main prizes at the Varaždin Baroque Evenings festival in Croatia – the Cantor Award – for its extraordinary performance of music by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The choir’s first a cappella album, Words Painted with Sounds – opening a cycle designed by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny – was released in October 2012, whereas in November the CD The Seeds of Stars with works by Bob Chilcott, conducted by the composer himself, appeared on the market. Future plans include a joint concert with the world famous group The Swingle Singers.