Some background information about the Dutch male choir ,,Urker Zangers”

An all male choir from the former island Urk, started in 1968.

The male choir ,,Urker Zangers” (translated: Urker Singers) was founded on the 10th of February 1968. A national well-known conductor from the hometown, Frits Bode (1926-1990), became the first musical leader, and his friend and organist Klaas Jan Mulder (1930-2008) was the first accompanist. In a very short time the choir counted about forty members. They preferred a wide varied singing repertoire that agreed entirely with the objectives of Frits Bode. In no time at all the choir sang a mixed program of Gospels, spirituals, hymns, traditional and classical music. The members, the conductor and the repertoire worked very well together. It ensured a further growth of the choir. The choir’s reputation increased throughout the Netherlands. In March 1969 the first recorded album appeared. 

Ever since 1970 the number of concerts the ,,Urker Zangers” gave became quite impressive, as well as the events on radio and television. A special television film was made by the Dutch television (N.C.R.V.) with the title: “The Urker Zangers singing about the sea”. A number of albums were released with good response. An album was recorded to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the choir, in cooperation with the ‘Dutch Radio Orchestra’. This album with descriptions about the songs and orchestra by Jef Penders can be called an absolute highlight. Meanwhile the choir also enjoyed international reputation. In 1976, the choir made a concert tour to Germany. There was a concert request