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Poster kleur Jan

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 info@alphenskozakkoor.nl 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.



The Alphens Cossacks Choir has a number of new members with the basses, baritones and second tenors. However, the first tenors are looking for new singers by their side. They sing the highest song, but would like to scream from the rooftops that they want some nice voices.
The new members who joined us also had some fear of threshold because they only sing in Russian and first thought they would not be able to master this. However, the lyrics are written phonetically to make them fast. And now after a few weeks and some extra study they are already singing their first parts along, and with reat enjoyment. Because, besides the serious approach during rehearsals, fun remains an important factor in the choir.

The members come from far and wide to follow the rehearsal every week (see the list of members for the choir). The mutual bond is getting stronger and the new members also
feel at home quickly. There is a cozy atmosphere and most of them are already present before the start of the rehearsal to catch up first.
The rehearsals will take place in the Maranathakerk at Jongkindt Coninckstraat 2 in Alphen aan den Rijn on Wednesday evenings from 7:45 PM to 10:15 PM. Joke de Vor, now a big fan of the choir, is a caretaker and pleasant hostess there.
In short, if you want to sing and enjoy a relaxing evening just like the other members of the choir, feel free to come and watch and listen without obligation. Please contact us in advance. Interested parties are given sufficient opportunity to decide whether this music appeals to them before they are registered. A nice extra for both parties to discover which party the voice best suits.
We are again busy rehearsing new songs and preparing for the 2018 concerts that look promising again.
Make your voice heard, you are most welcome at Bas, Wim, Hans, Cees, John and Edu, the first tenors of the Alphens Kozakkenkoor.


On Friday evening, November 24, 2017 at 8:00 PM, the Alphens Cossacks Choir will be a guest at the Music Association Art after Labor in the Dorpskerk in Moordrecht. The harmony and choir will perform some beautiful songs from their repertoire. But they also take up the challenge to perform a number of Russian songs together. A special experiment for both conductors, members of the choir and harmony.

The Alphens Cossacks Choir has had the pleasure of being able to give a performance twice in the Dorpskerk with its beautiful acoustics and looks forward to giving the audience a beautiful musical evening together with KNDA. This concert with very varied vocal and instrumental accents is unique in itself and perhaps advisable to buy your ticket in time. Admission is only 5 euros.

Let yourself be carried away with wonderful musical sounds on this autumn evening of 24 November. You are welcome!!


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The Alphens Cossacks Choir gave their anniversary concert on Sunday 8 October in Theater Castellum in Alphen aan den Rijn. An almost full hall with 600 visitors enjoyed a varied
concert with the a capella sung Byzantine and Orthodox music to the romantic and cheerful
Cossack songs.
Accompanied by Ensemble Samovar with authentic instruments such as the domra, babalalaika and the bajan, the Alphen Cossacks made the most of their musical ability to captivate the audience. Conductor Arkadi Gankin was praised in several speeches that he managed to achieve this in 10 years. Mayor Spies was also surprised to have such a choir in Alphen aan den Rijn. She had experienced the choir invitation as a gift.

Chairman Hans van den Berg stated in his speech that he should have invited 18 mayors because the singers come from many different municipalities such as Hendrik Ido Ambacht, Utrecht, Zoetermeer, Leiderdorp, Wassenaar and of course a number of surrounding municipalities and Alphen aan den Rijn. All members are passionate about Russian music and enjoy it during the many concerts that the choir gives.The soloist of the anniversary concert, mezzo-soprano Viktoria Pankratova, from St. Petersburg, now also living in the Netherlands, managed to captivate the audience again in her own way.

Lady speaker Nathaliya Staravoit announced the songs in a charming way with a Belarusian accent and told a few things about the content of the songs.

Afterwards, the choir received a lot of nice and spontaneous reactions from the visitors and it was therefore very busy during the follow-up that was held in the foyer and café. The Castellum employees had to roll up their sleeves to provide the many visitors with a drink. For the audience and certainly for the choir members a nice moment to go through this concert together.
The Alphens Cossacks Choir was very satisfied with the almost full, large hall of the theater. The anniversary year ended so beautifully. The five Cossacks of the jubilee committee can look back with satisfaction on a year with many highlights, including the concert tour through Belarus. Sundays concert was the icing on the cake for them too. Board, members and now also the mayor agree on one motto: “Alphens Cossacks Choir, we can be proud of that”.