Children’s Choir of the Radio Television of Serbia
The Children’s choir takes a significant place in musical life, not only in Belgrade and Serbia, but also outside the borders of our country. It is founded in 1947 on the initiative of Ljubomir Kocic, who was also its first conductor. Besides the concert activities, the Children’s Choir records for the needs of Radio Television of Serbia.
The Children’s Choir was founded in 1947 as an ensemble of the Radio Belgrade. The founders and the first conductors were Ljubomir Kocic and Srdjan Baric. With the arrival of conductor Zlatan Vaud in 1952, the choir received defined artistic directions of performance, aimed at affirmation of children’s music compositions, important choral pieces and vocal-instrumental compositions composed by domestic and foreign authors. This program policy was retained for more than seven decades long performing practice which was then continued and marked by conductors who later worked with the ensemble, Amalija Milakovic (1987-1993) and Snezana Despotovic (1994-).
Throughout the history, significant domestic and foreign conductors have been co-operating with the choir: Borivoje Simic, Dusan Skovran, Angel Surev, Mirko Souc, Zivojin Zdravkovic, Mladen Jagust, Oskar Danon, Stanko Jovanovic, Vladimir Kranjcevic, Bojan Sudjic, Jascha Horensteinn, Bjerge Wagner, Vladimir Minjin, Karolos Trikolidis, Steven Barlow, Andrew Pavlik, David Porselajn and Zubin Mehta.
The choir performed at all major festivals in Yugoslavia and Serbia, and has made successful tours across Europe.
Several hundred recordings have been permanently archived in the Sound Archive of Radio Belgrade, and many of them have been published. The ensemble continuously produce recordings of local and world choral literatures.
The choir is the winner of national and international awards and special recognitions for interpretation, among which the “Vojislav Ilic” award for the authentic performance of spiritual music, the Gran Prix of the “International Children’s Choirs Competition” in Prague, the “Konstantin Babic” charter for long-term promotion of child creativity, “The Joy of Europe” charter and others.
The RTS Children’s Choir today is a modern ensemble that, in its interpretations, follows the world tendencies in the repertoire. It includes the most important pieces a cappella of domestic choral music written for children’s ensembles, children’s choir passages in capital vocal-instrumental compositions of different epochs as well as in operas. On the repertoire of this ensemble there are also compositions in the field of ethno, popular and film music.
Led by conductor Snezana Despotovic the RTS Children’s Choir is actively present at the concert stages. Also, the choir is regularly broadcasted by the RTS. The choir is present in various media as well as at important social events, positioning itself as the leading children’s performing ensemble eager to demonstrate the greatest artistic achievements.