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Harm Jan is an active conductor for almost ten years: he is the conductor of gospel choir Expression (since 2008) and gospel choir Share (since 2013). Outside of his choirs, he frequently is a stand-in conductor of other choirs or ensembles. Most of the time he also conducts the rehearsals and performances of his own compositions and arrangements.

 

Gospel choir Expression

Harm Jan was able to develop himself as a conductor and musical leader with gospel choir Expression. He started to conduct the choir in 2008 and since then they are regularly performing in Rotterdam and its region. They also gave some special concerts like their 15th year anniversary concert, as well as their contribution to the big benefit concert Gospel4Haiti. In October 2011 Expression paid a tribute to the famous Oslo Gospel Choir with a sold-out concert in Maassluis. After the unforgettable Christmas concert with gospel choir Share in 2012, Harm Jan and Expression started the rehearsals for a complete new program: The Revival. In this project Expression explores the interaction between the choir and the audience. After the Revival concert in April 2014, Expression began their current project Back 2 Black. In this project Expression goes back to the roots of gospel. As with the other projects, Harm Jan will again write some of the arrangements especially for this choir. For more information: check their website.

 

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Gospel choir Share

For years Harm Jan is connected to gospel choir Share: first as pianist, later as band leader and stand-in conductor. In 2013 he took over conducting from André Pouwer, who left Share after many years. Harm Jan's first job was the 20th anniversary of the choir. He came up with the idea of celebrating and sharing at the same time, titled We Share! ¿U2? The basic thought behind it was to literally 'share' as a choir by collaborating with organisations like the Food bank, the Salvation Army and The House of Hope. All those organisations are founded to help the poor and the needy. This was an amazing experience for the choir as well as the clients of the participating organisations. The repertoire of the two concerts they gave were U2, ¿Delirious? and Kirk Franklin et al. At this moment, Share is busy with two new projects: 'Share around the world', a cultural journey resulting in a concert in 2016, and the preparations for a Christmas concert together with gospel choir Expression. This last concert will also premiere the (short) musical Harm Jan and his wife Indra are currently writing. For more information: check their website.

 

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