L’Ensemble Vocal d’Enfants


The Ensemble Vocal d’Enfants du Conservatoire de Reims
In 2000, Yves Weeger created The Ensemble Vocal d’Enfants du Conservatoire de Reims. About 25-30 choristers, aged 7 to 18 years, form the group which sings very regularly as different programs as Magnificat or St. John Passion by JS Bach, Lieder by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Beatles songs, Oscar Peterson, Leonard Bernstein, Vocal Jazz.

In addition to the three to four hours of weekly rehearsals, most of the singers practice an instrument. Some have music education included in their school time; other after school time. Many opt for singing as main musical practice. This density of activities allows the child, aged from 7 until the end of his ‘career’, to sing about 500 different works of all styles and periods. Running through so many directories, frequently read new parts is very instructive. After these years, many choristers incorporate singing class.

L’Ensemble Vocal has performed not only in Reims and the Reims area, in Laon, Chateau-Thierry, Soissons, Versailles, Brest, but also in England – Bedford and Canterbury-, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Choristers regularly participate for children musical parts in lyrics masterpieces as Otello, Tosca, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, La Bohème, and in creation of contemporary operas, in Opera de Reims.