Orchestra of Charles University in Prague

The Orchestra of Charles Univesity in Prague currently comprises over fifty members, consisting of Czech as well as visiting students, all sharing a common enthusiasm for orchestral music. The Orchestra performs works by the great masters, including Czech composers, and our repertoire spans the whole spectrum from the baroque to contemporary. We have recently performed pieces by J. S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Smetana, Delibes, Faure, Poulenc, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Concerts are in Prague as well as further afield. With our music-making we endeavour not only to give pleasure to our fellow students and our Alma Mater, but also to provide help where it is needed: thus, our activities include performances for worthy charitable causes - these have recently included benefit concerts for Prague's Thomayerovo Hospital, the Archa Foundation, as well as a concert to raise funds for urgent repairs to the lovely baroque church of the Holy Cross in Liberec. In many of our concerts we are joined by the Charles University Chorus and some of the finest young vocal soloists in the country. In addition, we collaborate with musicians from the Prague University of Economics, with the City of Beroun Chorus, the Choir of the Charles University Pedagogical Faculty and the Prague Singers.

We also collaborate with other European university ensembles. We performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Pisa with the Univerisity of Pisa Chorus in June 2009 (our first overseas concert), and the Brahms German Requiem together with the Cologne University Chorus. Both these concerts were directed by our Chief Conductor, Haig Utidjian. Our Orchestra has appeared on Czech television a number of times, most recently playing Beethoven in St. Vitus' cathedral. Our ambitious plans for the future include a concert in the Dvorak Hall of Prague's Rudolfinum, and the recording and publication of our first CD.