The Crescendo Mixed Choir, a part of the Crescendo Musical Society, was founded in the beginning of 2015. Its conductor Žiga Kert was the one to give the initiative to establish the choir, which is today comprised of over 40 young singers with the shared desire to perform quality choral music. Their repertoire consists of choral music by both Slovene and foreign composers, as well as popular music arranged for choirs. They mostly gravitate towards an advanced choral programme, which they perform at choral competitions and festivals in Slovenia and abroad. One of their most important early projects is the performance at their conductor’s (Žiga Kert) Master’s concert in May 2016.
They presented a very challenging repertoire, consisting of Slovenian
and foreign choral music, ranging from Slovenian folk songs and African-American spiritual music to contemporary choral music by various American and European composers. Seeing the singers work
well together, the choir set their eyes on performing difficult choral repertoires and attending various choral events both at home and abroad. The Crescendo Musical Society’s first big independent musical project was the concert at the Škofja Loka Castle grounds in June 2017.
The Crescendo Mixed Choir and Symphony Orchestra joined forces and performed scores from Hollywood’s most famous musicals at a sold-out concert, taking place in the castle’s atrium. The concert started a tradition of the Society’s summer concerts at the Škofja Loka Castle: in June 2018, the Society performed a concert of Irish and Celtic music, while in June 2019, the atrium resounded with choral and orchestral adaptations of famous Slovenian Eurovision hits. The Choir first ventured abroad in August 2016, when they attended the Choralies festival in Vaison- la-Romaine, Provence, performing a demanding choral programme. They performed two successful solo concerts there. In September 2017, the Crescendo Mixed Choir performed their first major concert abroad – in Warsaw, Poland. The Crescendo Mixed Choir first stepped on the competitive stage in September 2017 by attending
the International Baltic Sea Choir Grand Prix Competition in Jurmala, Latvia, and achieving the excellent score of 87.08 points. In Spring 2018, the Choir attended Naša pesem, a Slovenian national choral competition, in Maribor. In July 2019, the Choir attended the 37 th International Choral Festival of Preveza, Greece, and were awarded two gold medals: in Category A (Mixed choirs) and Category G (Free programme of original choral music). In the latter category, they were also the category
winners (first prize). In November 2019, they were awarded a gold diploma at the regional competition of adult choral ensembles (for the Upper Carniola region). In 2019, the Choir recorded and released their first album.