About En Arché
En Arché was founded by Vojtěch Jouza in 1995. It is comprised of amateur signers who are brought together by their enthusiasm for beautiful music of various periods and styles. The choir performs mainly sacred music. In its repertoire En Arché focuses on music by baroque composers, complemented by works from the pre-Baroque period and the twentieth century (Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Viktor Ullmann, Arvo Pärt, Leonard Bernstein). In its concerts En Arché performs alongside chamber ensembles, especially the Prague Baroque Ensemble, and orchestras (the Czech Philharmonic, the Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra in Teplice, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Pilsen Philharmonic). In 2014 the choir participated in the performance of the Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek. The concert was live-broadcast to Czech and Slovak cinemas and it has become a regular part of the Christmas Eve show on the Czech Television.
En Arché has won a number of prizes in international competitions and frequently appears in concerts both in the Czech Republic and abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Belgium). In 2000 the choir recorded its first CD, František Xaver Thuri’s Stabat Mater and Requiem, featuring also the Czech Madrigalists choir and the Prague Baroque Ensemble. It has appeared alongside the latter ensemble on another CD with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.