Aidija Chamber Choir
The Chamber Chorus “Aidija” of Vilnius, Lithuania, was formed in 1989. Today it is one of the most outstanding amateur choirs in the country. The chorus of some 28 singers is made up of students and graduated of the Lithuanian Academy of Music, and – to a small extent – of young people between the ages of 17 and 30 from other universities. In recent years “Aidija” has given about 300 concerts, including several tours of Lithuania, and also in England, Belarus, Poland, Moldova, France, Finland, Ukraine and Germany. They scored success by winning first prize in choral competitions in England (1992) and Wales (1994). They have also taken part in a number of international festivals. The chorus has gained awards from “Krantai” magazine and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. The choir’s repertoire includes a capella pieces from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and it also often performs works by contemporary Lithuanian composers. Several world premières of their works are associated with the choir. From their substantial repertoire of classical masterpieces, one can pick out specialities such as the Requiems of Mozart and Biber, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas among others. “Aidija” have given highly acclaimed concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, the St Christophorus Orchestra and the Byelorussian Symphony Orchestra. Besides concerts the choir has made a number of recordings, and have been popularised by broadcasts on Lithuanian TV.