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Verset Versé -An evening of French choral music-

  • Organization : Verset Versé
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music


A choral concert of modern and contemporary French choral works. By bringing together 19th century composer Ropartz, Poulenc, who was born at the end of the 19th century but lived most of his life in the 20th century, and Hersant/Ohana, who have written many choral works in 21st century France, this concert presented the evolution of French choral music, something which had previously not been explored to any great extent in Japan. The ensemble was conducted by Hiroshi Hamada, a vocalist and choral conductor who studied in France, and Kota Yanagishima, who studied in Germany, highlighting the various aspects of French works through their different approaches. The performers comprised Verset Versé, which was formed by ensemble singers from Tokyo to perform contemporary pieces, and Verset Versé Project Male Choir, which was put together for this concert through an open call.


Verset Versé
Verset Versé is French for “flowing verse.”It is a vocal ensemble formed at the behest of choral conductor Kota Yanagishima in order to perform “Prayer of Water” by composer Akira Nishimura, to be conducted by the composer himself for the 22nd Hokutopia Choral Festival Special Concert. Comprising a mix of professional and semi-professional members with a strong interest in performing contemporary music, the ensemble aims to broadly promote a wide-ranging repertoire that focuses on contemporary works, and refine its techniques and sensibilities.


Hiroshi Hamada
Verset Versé


Toyosu Civic Center Hall, Koto City, Tokyo