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Christmas Carol Concert at Leiden University

  • With S.M.G. “Sempre Crescendo” Carol Choir, Albert Jan de Boer (conductor) and Jan Verschuren (organ)
Thursday 21 December 2023
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden

A festive start to Christmas in the Great Auditorium at Leiden University. Specially for the University community, the S.M.G. “Sempre Crescendo” Carol Choir will sing traditional Christmas carols, both centuries old and contemporary, interspersed with atmospheric organ music. Come along on 21 December and join in the Christmas spirit. Entrance is free! University staff and students only.


Conductor: Albert Jan de Boer

Albert Jan de Boer leads the Sempre Crescendo Greatchoir and Madrigal, which he both leads with passion and enthusiasm. This year, he also leads the Carol Choir.

From 2009 to 2016, Abert Jan was associated with the Roder Jongenschoir as a bariton. Until 2018 he was the singing teacher and repititor there. In 2011 he started with the study Music Teacher at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen. Here, he graduated cum laude in piano with Anastasia Goldberg.

Choir: S.M.G. ‘Sempre Crescendo’ Carol Choir

‘Sempre Crescendo’ Student Music Company was founded in 1831, making it one of the oldest music companies in the Netherlands. The student orchestra and choir are led by professional conductors. Many of its members also perform in smaller ensembles, such as this Carol Choir.

Organist: Jan Verschuren

Jan Verschuren is the university organist at Leiden University and Eindhoven University of Technology and the church organist at Hartebrugkerk in Leiden. Besides solo concerts, he performs with members of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. 

Jan regularly plays the famous Van Hagerbeer organ in Leiden’s Pieterskerk, including in 2005 during the conferral of the honorary doctorate on Queen Beatrix.

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