The BONIFANTES Boys Choir was founded in 1999 and in its short life has won a place among the cream of the choir ensembles in the Czech Republic. Talented boys from the ages of 4 to 20 years work in seven departments of the singing school known as “BONIFANTES School of Arts” with a capacity of 350 students. All the singers have solo voice training lessons and many of them play musical instruments. Almost 100 boys visit the concert department alone and the choir takes part in up to 100 concerts and performances each year.

Among the successes achieved so far are a number of concert tours (Germany, Great Britain, France, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovakia, Japan and the United States) and performances in operas and movies. The choir performs in harmony with many Czech orchestras on an annual basis. Over the past years of its activity, the choir has taken part in many international competitions at which it has been awarded with dozens of gold medals, several titles of competition prize-winner, and prizes for outstanding conducting performance by the choirmaster. The two most distinguished successes for the choir have been 1st prize “CUM LAUDE” at the European Choir Festival in Neerpelt and the title of overall winner at the Festival of Song 2004 in Olomouc ahead of 159 competitors.

In 2013 the BONIFANTES made their debut in Asia by performing Gustav Mahler‘s 8th “Symphony of a Thousand“ and a range of individual concerts. Next year the choir made 47 concerts in the United States and Canada during the 35-day-long trip. In 2016 the BONIFANTES sang for Pope Francis and performed at two concerts with the legendary tenor maestro José Carreras. In 2017 BONIFANTES performed for the first time in Japan.


When The Soul Speaks

Release Date: January 25, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6205
21st Century
Vocal Music
The Bonifantes Boys Choir showcases the best of the best of the Czech boy singers and composer Jan Jirásek over the past 20 years. WHEN THE SOUL SPEAKS demonstrates the abilities of both the ensemble and its leaders through the performance of Latin Christian masses, Buddhist mantras and Quran excerpts, and traditional Czech hymns -- together presenting the idea that different religions and cultural customs can stand together side by side.