Biography

Wishful Singing are five classically trained female singers with crystal clear voices. They sing a wide variety of musical styles with great passion and expression, from compositions of the renaissance and baroque to folk music and close harmony. They love to perform contemporary repertoire by composers such as Kate Moore, Joey Roukens and Steven Kamperman.

Over the last few years the ensemble has enchanted its audiences with the timeless beauty of Gregorian chant. With guidance of Herman Finkers – a champion of this music – Wishful Singing performed Missa and Vespers in Mysterium and released their CD In Mysterium.

Wishful Singing’s aim is to give meaning and voice to what inspires and moves them. In doing so, the ensemble makes use of the unique power of vocal music, in which poetry and composition connect in a special way.

Wishful Singing regularly performs in Dutch concert halls like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in festivals like November Music and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. They have sung in Japan, the United States, Germany, Spain, Estonia and Italy, and have performed in prestigious international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

Since the corona measures went into effect in 2020, Wishful Singing has organised various online activities to maintain their connection with their audience. In 2020, they reached more than 6000 participants with two online courses in Gregorian chant, and an online sing-along project KerstVerlichting Adventskalender, an online Advent calendar. In 2021, they launched Zing je Sterk (‘Sing for strength’), a programme in which people with long covid self-manage their recovery through singing and breathing exercises.

Cast

Anne-Christine Wemekamp, first soprano
Maria Goetze, second soprano
Marleen van Os, mezzo soprano
Stella Brüggen, first contralto
Marjolein Stots, second contralto

Wishful Singing radiates with spontaneity and youthful zest. They have a beautiful colour to their well blended voices and show high level of discipline in their performances. Wishful Singing engages the audience with charm and a love for the music that they sing.

Mariss Jansons, Chef Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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