NHL Stendenchoir

The NHL Stendenchoir

The NHL Stendenchoir was founded in the early 1990s and consists of (former) students and (former) employees of NHL Stenden and Firda (formerly ROC Friese Poort and Friesland College). Traditionally the choir is a connecting factor for students, employees, education and the region. Hans de Wilde is conductor of the NHL Stendenchoir. 

NHL Stendenkoor Pasen

Two Easter passions

In 2024, two different passions by J.S. Bach are on the programme of the NHL Stenden Choir. On Tuesday 26 March the St Matthew Passion and on Wednesday 27 March the St John Passion, both in the Grote or Jacobijner Church in Leeuwarden. It is a unique experience to hear these masterpieces by Bach performed by the same choir, orchestra and soloists, especially when both concerts follow each other in the week before Easter.

Open rehearsal and the story in advance

To enhance the experience, an open rehearsal will be organised on Saturday 9 March, where visitors will be taken into the story in advance. The conductor will give insight into the differences between the two passions, with listening fragments from the choir. There will also be an opportunity to sing along with some of the music. A great opportunity to get into the atmosphere of the story and the music before the concerts.

Passion passe-partout available on a limited basis

NHL Stenden offers visitors the opportunity to purchase a Passion Passe-partout. This allows visitors to enjoy both concerts at an attractive rate and to be assured of a nice seat in the front part of the church. The Passion passe-partout is available on a limited basis.


Benefit concert NHL Stenden Choir raises 1305 euros for Food Bank Leeuwarden

Saturday 9 December's performance of the annual benefit advent concert 'Vom Himmel Hoch' by the NHL Stenden Choir and the Promenade Orkest raised 1305 euros for Food Bank Leeuwarden. 

Under the inspiring direction of conductor Hans de Wilde, music by Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Mozart was performed. 


From classical to jazz! 

Do you love to sing? Then join the NHL Stenden Choir! 
The NHL Stenden Choir consists of (former) students and (former) employees of NHL Stenden University of applied sciences, RUG Campus Fryslân and Firda. 
Through inspiring rehearsals led by conductor Hans de Wilde, music connects students, staff, education and the region. 

Our rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 19:45 to 22:00 in mill “De Eendragt” on the square between the NHL Stenden buildings at Rengerslaan 8 and 10. 
You are welcome to attend a rehearsal. If you want more info, send an email to    

Advisory Committee 

The NHL Stenden Choir receives support from prominent people who have made it known that they wish to link their names to the choir. Together, they form the NHL Stenden Choir Advisory Committee. In the next four years, the following persons will take part in the committee: 

  • Leendert Klaassen 
    Chair advisory committee NHL Stenden choir and former chair Executive Board of Stenden university of applied sciences   
  • Jouke de Vries 
    Chair Executive Board  RUG and Campus Fryslân 
  • Remco Meijerink 
    Chair Executive Board Firda (merger ROC Friese Poort and Friesland College since 1 August 2023) 
  • Sybrand Buma 
    Mayor Leeuwarden 
  • Chris Fictoor 
    Composer, conductor, music educator and church musician 

Concertdates NHL Stendenkoor: 

Tuesday evening 26 March 2024 Passion concert 
Wednesday evening 27 March 2024 Passion concert 
Saturday evening 29 June 2024 City Proms concert