The first-ever CD of Missa Rotna by the choir Besharmonie

A mass which is bound to boost your mood. Lively, upbeat passages, original latin lyrics, and a band which perfectly combines jazz and rock. We’d like to thank everyone who decides to help us cover the expenses of recording and manufacturing of the CD.

Author: Besharmonie

  • We sing at the Prague Castle every year.

  • We also have experience with film music.

  • Every summer we spend a week together.

  • We even had a concert in Italy.

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All or nothing. Project finished on Apr 16, 2016 at 19:09.

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From Handel to rock…

At the beginning of this project stood Libor Sládek, the conductor of the contemporary student choir Besharmonie and the boys’ choir Pueri Gaudentes, who stumbled across the rock oratorio Eversmiling Liberty at a choir festival in Spain. The oratorio tells the story of a Jewish uprising, taken from Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus,” with brand new rock-style music written by Jens Johansen and Erling Kullberg. It was probably this — rather unusual — sound of the choir together with a rock band that the singers fell in love with, so that when the recording was finished, they started looking for something similar to sing next.

They found the rock mass Missa Rotna, which the Danish composer Bent Peder Holbech wrote for his student choir in the 1970s. It has the original latin text, and combines the traditional musical mass experience with more relaxed rock and jazz forms to create a contrasting and energetic piece.

And so it happened that Libor and his black-and-orange choir, together with the guitar player Jirka Kalous and his band, studied the mass, added their own bits and piece to it and performed it on several occasions. After some time, however, this was not enough, and they decided to make a recording of it. So far, only one high-quality studio recording has been made, and this was by the author’s own choir, resulting in only a small number of LPs, which we think is a shame.

So, that is why we are here.

We turn to you, our friends, audiences, choir singers and fans of not-so-traditional church music, to ask for your help with the publishing of the historically first high-quality recording of Missa Rotna.

We already put together some of the funds among us, but a larger amount has yet to be collected.

There is no going back now, and to show that we are serious about the project, we even invited the author Mr Holbech himself to the launching concert, which we are very much looking forward to.

A little bit about the choir and its friends

Besharmonie is the choir operating under the secondary school Gymnázium Nad Kavalírkou. It was formed by Libor Sládek in 2000, and has ever since provided an outlet for channeling the students’ enthusiasm and musical talent, filling many concert halls with its delightful sound for many years now. We often perform together with other musicians, as for example the Smíchov Philharmonic, and the Argentinian quartet Opus Quatro. We made friends among choirs from Spain, England and the United States, visiting them in the past and planning to do so again in the near future.

Aside from our two-legged friends, our choir also has some four-legged ones. Our mascot is the plush monkey named Besinka, which has accompanied us on our trips to various places in the world. Also, in the autumn of last year, our second conductor Filip became a proud adoptive father of a pond tortoise in the Prague Zoo.

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  • sold 17
    I would like to donate (and see 50 choir members perform the “dancing mermaids” in the town centre)

    Are good deeds your thing? Here’s your chance! Make a donation and we will be eternally grateful.

    And, as a bonus, we will send you a video showing us perform our favourite sketch, “dancing mermaids,” in the centre of Prague. Don’t know what dancing mermaids look like? Well, it’s about time you found out! You can be sure that this video will always bring a smile to your face.

    Reward delivery: in half a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 3.93
    (CZK 100)
  • sold 34
    I want a CD, so that I can always have the music at hand

    Do you like traditional CDs? So do we! This way, you can have the CD delivered by post right to your doorstep.

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    Reward delivery: on address, in a quarter after the Hithit project end

    EUR 11.80
    (CZK 300)
  • sold 2
    I want to listen to some of your older work

    If you’re not exactly a fan of a mass, but you would still like to support us, we offer you a chance to buy our last CD “Nahoře Bes”, which came out in the autumn of 2015 and which contains a sample of our entire repertoire.

    (Please note that any extra charges associated with shipping outside of the Czech Republic have to be paid separately.)

    Reward delivery: on address, in a quarter after the Hithit project end

    EUR 11.80
    (CZK 300)
  • remaining 38 from 50
    I want to be at the launching concert

    Don’t want to buy the CD beforehand? Would you rather listen to the concert first and then buy it afterwards, depending on whether you like it or not?

    This way you can buy a single ticket to the launching concert, which takes place on 17 April in KD Mlejn, and a pin with our logo as a souvenir.

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    EUR 13.77
    (CZK 350)
  • sold 6
    I want a CD plus digital recordings

    Do you want to have the music available on all platforms? In that case, you need more than a CD.

    We offer you a download of the Missa Rotna recordings in mp3 and flac formats for all your smart devices. You will get the CD as a bonus, so that your CD drive doesn’t feel left out.

    (Please note that any extra charges associated with shipping outside of the Czech Republic have to be paid separately.)

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    EUR 15.73
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  • sold 5
    I want to listen to you day and night

    One can never have too many CDs. So why get one, when you can get two?

    This reward contains the CDs “Nahoře Bes” and Missa Rotna.

    (Please note that any extra charges associated with shipping outside of the Czech Republic have to be paid separately.)

    Reward delivery: on address, in a quarter after the Hithit project end

    EUR 17.70
    (CZK 450)
  • sold 8
    I want to take Besharmonie with me everywhere I go

    A signed photo of the choir and our awesome badge, which you can take with you wherever you go. As a bonus, you will get the CD and digital recordings in mp3 and flac formats.

    Our badges are slowly but surely spreading all over the country; you never know, you might meet some other fans and make new friends!

    (Please note that any extra charges associated with shipping outside of the Czech Republic have to be paid separately.)

    Reward delivery: on address, in a quarter after the Hithit project end

    EUR 19.67
    (CZK 500)
  • remaining 38 from 50
    I want to hear Besharmonie live

    Do you think that photos or CDs are great, but nothing compares to hearing us live?

    In that case, come to the launching concert for our CD, which will take place on 17 April in KD Mlejn, Prague — Stodůlky.

    Together with the ticket to this concert, you will get the CD, digital recordings for download in mp3 and flac formats, a signed photo of our choir and our badge.

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    EUR 31.47
    (CZK 800)
  • remaining 44 from 50
    I want to hear Besharmonie live together with a friend

    Do you want to take someone special to the launching concert? No problem!

    Two tickets to the concert, a CD and digital recordings in mp3 and flac formats, plus a signed photo of the choir.

    Reward delivery: in a week after the Hithit project end

    EUR 59.00
    (CZK 1,500)
  • remaining 4 from 5
    I want a dinner-date with Libor

    Anyone who knows Libor Sládek will tell you that it is almost impossible to find a quiet moment to chat in his busy schedule. And, if you don’t know him yet, perhaps you would like to. In that case, don’t miss this unique opportunity to have dinner with our awesome conductor.

    Singers from the choir will be your waiters and waitresses.

    Reward delivery: in half a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 78.66
    (CZK 2,000)
  • remaining 3 from 5
    I want to take a special someone to dinner with Libor

    The more the merrier! If you’re a little nervous to be with Libor alone, you can take somebody with you.

    Reward delivery: in half a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 117.99
    (CZK 3,000)
  • remaining 3 from 5
    I want a private concert in Prague

    Are you hosting an event and would like us to perform for your guests? In that case, this is the perfect option for you.

    We are very flexible. Whether a company, a concert hall, or the outside — we can sing anywhere. We will adjust our repertoire based on the occasion and make your event unforgettable.

    If you would like a concert in your own home, no problem. And if your living room doesn’t fit fifty singers, don’t worry, we can sing in smaller numbers as well.

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    EUR 196.66
    (CZK 5,000)
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    I want a unique collector’s package

    Are you in for something extra special?

    Choose this unique package containing our awesome T-shirt, signed by the choir members, and a teaspoon with our logo (the only other person who has a teaspoon like this is our conductor, and who wouldn’t want to have one just like him?)


    (Please note that any extra charges associated with shipping outside of the Czech Republic have to be paid separately.)

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    EUR 255.65
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  • remaining 2 from 2
    I want to be a mercenary

    Have you always admired stories of great mercenaries of art? This is a unique opportunity to become one of them.

    Together with our everlasting gratitude, you will get two tickets to the launching concert, where you will be thanked right on the stage and given a small present, a framed and signed photo of our choir, and a CD and digital recordings in mp3 and flac for download.

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    EUR 314.65
    (CZK 8,000)
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    I am a company and I want to be a mercenary

    For all those company representatives who wish to become a mercenaries, we have the following offer: as a thank-you for your support, we will allow you moderate advertising for your company during the launching concert, and perform a private concert for your company in Prague.

    You will also get two tickets to the launching concert, a thank-you and a small present on the stage, a framed photo of the choir, the CD, and digital recordings in mp3 and flac formats.

    Reward delivery: in half a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 589.97
    (CZK 15,000)
  • remaining 1 from 1
    I want a concert anywhere in the world

    Prague too far away for you? No problem.

    We will come and sing for you right in your hometown. Outside, inside, we can sing absolutely anywhere!

    (If you would like us to sing outside of the Czech Republic, please note that additional transport costs will be included.)

    Reward delivery: on address, in a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 1,311.03
    (CZK 33,333)
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    I want a goodnight song

    Do you have trouble falling asleep? Don’t worry, we have a solution.

    You can listen to our special video lullaby dedicated especially to you whenever you feel like you need to de-stress. It is sure to chase away all your nightmares.

    Reward delivery: in half a year after the Hithit project end

    EUR 39.33
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