Alphens Kozakkenkoor
Alphen's Cossack Choir

On Saturday evening 3 November, the Parktheater in Alphen aan den Rijn was completely sold out. The public witnessed a first. The Klezmerband Nigun and the Alphens Cossacks Choir met in a joint concert. Two different music styles that came to a special amalgamation. The Alphens Cossack Choir opened the evening with a musical turnout and then a few more orthodox songs followed by Cossack songs with soloists from the choir. Nigun then took over the stage to impress the audience with their instrumental songs and vocals in a virtuoso way. After the break, the stage was completely filled with the Alphens Cossacks Choir and the Klezmerband Nigun and they each performed varied songs in turn. The last 3 songs were performed together which was appreciated by the audience with a standing ovation. At theend of the concert, Joke van Egdom from Nigun announced that this concert shows that music brings people together. The Alphens Cossacks Choir and Nigun left the stage with an exuberant closing song.
Both can look back on a very successful collaboration.


The Alphens Cossacks Choir is again preparing for a great concert season 2018-2019. A very varied program which starts on October 14 with a concert on Sunday afternoon in Multicultural Center "de Spreng" in Oude Wetering. So every Wednesday night the rehearsals start again to make the new songs your own and perfect the older ones even more. The choir is still open to receive new members and tenors are especially welcome. The Russian repertoire is easy to master because everything is written down phonetically. The choir offers the opportunity to play for a period and to discover which voice type suits you best. We rehearse every Wednesday evening in the Maranathakerk in Alphen aan den Rijn. First take a look around on the website what the Alphens Cossackskoor has to offer and send a message to if you want more information and want to come by. And don't forget, singing is very healthy for body and limb, and all the stress disappears like snow in the sun.




 April 24, 2018 the Alphens Cossacks Choir gave a surprise concert for a group of children from Chernobyl. The largest nuclear disaster in the world took place there in 1986 and families on the border of Ukraine and Belarus are still affected, although the radiation is now within the norms. Children from that area have been housed with host families in Alphen aan den Rijn and the surrounding area for 8 weeks to recuperate. The Cossacks have all responded enthusiastically to provide a free performance for these children, supervisors and host families. For conductor Arkadi Gankin, who was himself born in Belarus, it was another nice introduction to fellow countrymen and speakers.
The Alphens Cossacks Choir, which sings everything in Russian, does not experience much in the Netherlands that a number of songs were sung so enthusiastically. The children were also pleasantly surprised to hear the songs in their language, which were sung by Dutch men. The Alphens Cossacks Choir has a lot of respect for all supervisors, host families and the MAX foundation for its hospitality and all who have jointly ensured that these children have experienced a number of unforgettable weeks in Alphen aan den Rijn and surroundings.
The Alphens Cossacks Choir is also pleased that they were able to make a small contribution to this.


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Whether you do it together or on your own, or in the Alphens Cossacks Choir: singing is healthy. It is good for your lungs, your heart and mood. No wonder more and more people are doing it. The Alphens Cossacks Choir also recognizes itself here when every Wednesday evening from South Holland, Utrecht and North Holland some 34 members come to the rehearsal in a tidy manner. All those people who couldn't meet each other, but sing together as if they belonged together for years. Not yet knowing that it is so healthy. They soon found out that it is very pleasant and it now seems like a large group of friends. But they did not know that it is so good for different muscles in the upper body, such as those of the abdomen and back that are then trained, and the lungs and respiratory muscles are better in shape by breathing from the abdomen. In addition, the amount of anti-stress hormones and endorphins has also increased. That gives a happy feeling and can have an analgesic effect. People who are in chronic pain often forget about the pain while singing. After an hour of singing you also have more antibodies in your blood, which boosts the immune system. All this is evident from studies by universities in Goteburg and Frankfurt, among others.

What could be another reason for not registering as a member of the ALphens Cossacks Choir? It could be because we only sing in Russian. But it is all phonetically reproduced and you can easily read it, and you have it under control very quickly, unnoticed.

There is a rehearsal every Wednesday evening in:

Maranathakerk, Jonkheer Coninckstraat 2, Alphen aan den Rijn.

Do not hesitate and before you know it you will sing along in the Alphens Cossacks Choir, and you will enjoy a lot of relaxation every Wednesday evening in addition to the serious rehearsal, which is also good for your body and members.






The Alphens Cossack Choir will compete on Sunday afternoon, February 18 at 2:30 PM toconquer the hearts of Berkel en Rodenrijs and the surrounding area with their Byzantine Orthodox, their cheerful, compelling, exciting and romantic Cossack music.
Thanks to a sponsor, the professional singer Viktoria Pankratova has also been invited for this. She was born in St. Petersburg and has also attended the conservatory there and now lives in the Netherlands and likes to be an extra soloist with the Alphens Kozak choir. She will perform a number of beautiful Russian ballads.
This will happen in the Our Lady of the Birth Church, which will be 150 years old this year. So certainly a reason for a musical party. The beautiful acoustics will certainly contribute to this.
See agenda for more information.


For men interested in Cossack music, it is certainly worthwhile to come and listen, because the Alphens Cossack Choir would like to attract some new voices. We have already been able to welcome a number of new members who quickly found the right tone and immediately felt at home within the cozy atmosphere. Of course our conductor Arkadi Gankin tries to get the most out of the choir and the members can download their part via the website to practice athome. Come to the rehearsal and choose a new hobby that will give you a lot of fun andsatisfaction.