History of the choir

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The choir in 1950

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The choir in 1966

History of the choir

Our choir has never stopped singing…
Here are some outlines that describe an almost 60 y.old but still evolving human adventure, based on a deep-rooted past.

History of the Polish miners choir of Douai

It was created in 1948, after the merger of two choirs : Lutnia in Dechy (1922) and Dzwon zygmunta in Waziers (1927).
At the beginning, all the members were Polish miners.
Nowadays, around 40 people constitue the choir (with 39 male singers coming from various social backgrounds).
Choirmaster : Thibaut Waxin
President : Laurent Kwiatkowski 
Website : www.choraledesmineurspolonaisdedouai.eu
1. a) The choir has performed :
– In Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Poland and, of course, in France, mainly in the Nord pas de Calais region, but also in Provence and Pyrenees orientales…
– In prestigious places such as Saint Peter’s basilica (Rome), Notre Dame de Paris, or Warsaw Philharmonic Hall
– In the presence of personalities such as Pope John Paul II, the primate of Poland, cardinal Jozef Glemp, French Presidents François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac, Abbé Pierre.
1. b) – The choir appeared on various TV channels : TF1, France 2, France 3 (in France), TVP Polonia, and German channels.
2. c) – It takes part in :
– the twinning between Douai and Recklinghausen (Germany)
– the choir festival of polonia ( ?) in Koszalin (Poland)
–  Antwerp festival
– international festival of choir music in Marseille
– the « contest of anthology » in Tours
– The première of the film « Germinal », in the presence of President François Mitterrand.
– the official opening of the Channel Tunnel : 1000 choristers, + 1000 musicians performing « Le chantier du siècle » (The construction work of the century), under the direction of Jean Claude Casadessus.
– the reqiuem of Campra (50 musicians + 150 choristers)
– Montreux international festival (Switzerland)
– the opening of a supermarket in Walbrzych (Poland)
– Verone international contest (Italty)
– Late 2006 and early 2007 : Carl Off « Carmina Burana » – 4 concerts with 4 other choirs and the symphonic orchestras of Haubourdin and Hellemes.
– May 2007 : Carmina Burana – 2 one-off concerts as part of the 1000th concert of Douai’s orchestra, Nord pas de Calais region, in Douai (in Gayant Expo) and Lille (in Lille Grand Palais).
placés sous la direction de Stéphane CARDON, l’orchestre et les 4 chorales réunies enthousiasment l’auditoire (salle comble pour ces 2 concerts)
under the direction of Stéphane Cardon, the orchestra and the 4 choirs filled the audience with enthousiasm (both concerts were sold out)
– mars et mai 2009 : concerts dans le cadre de la saison culturelle : LILLE 3000
March and May 2009 : concerts as part of « Lille 3000 » (cultural events)
– July 2009 : mass in the Millenium church in Lens, broadcast live on TVP Polonia
– november 2009 : 6 concerts together with the orchestra of Douai, performing « Entre Terre », composed by Nicolas Bacri and based on a text by Philippe Murger. It tells the story of mining, working conditions, social life, … Under the direction of Stéphane Cardon.
1. d) –The choir also organizes :
– For its 50th anniversary, a concert in Douai : first with the chamber orchestra « Musique en Ostrevent », then performing the requiem of Cherubini with the choirs Vent du Nord (from Tourcoing), L’Europe (from Roubaix), and the Sinfonietta des Flandres ochestra (from Lambersart), gathering 50 musicians and 130 choristers.
– the performing of 3 concerts, by the choir « Les camilleres » from Saillagousse (Pyrenees orientales)
– For its 60th anniversary, the 1st male choir festival, in Douai, with : Crick sicks (from Tourcoing) and Jeune France (from Dunkerque).
1. e) – The release of 4 Cds. The last one was produced in memory Pope John Paul II

2. f) – Our activity over the last years :
2005 – 7 concerts and 7 Masses
2006 – 9 concerts and 8 Masses
2007 – 11 concerts and 6 Masses
2008 – 7 concerts and 10 Masses
2009 – 15 concerts and 11 Masses
1. g) – distinctions
– Festival of Koszalin (Poland) : 2nd place in 1970 and 1976 – blue ribbon (and audience award) in 1973
– International choir contest in Prague, 1995 : bronze medal
–  medal of the Polish National Order of Merit
– International contest of Verone (Italy) un 2004 : silver medal in sacred songs, and blue ribbon in obligatory songs, category : male

  1. h) – Repertoire made up of Christian, Orthodox, folkloric, non-religious songs, etc.. performed in Polish, French, Latin, English, Slavonic, Provençal, …