The Latvian Radio Chamber Singers (LRCS), established by Kaspars Putniņš in 1994, is a vocal ensemble formed by members of the Latvian Radio Choir. The ensemble specializes in exploring new possibilities for the human voice and searching for new ways and kinds of musical performances. Their repertoire mostly consists of contemporary music. The singers perform works by Luciano Berio, Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, and other composers of the 20th and 21st century.
The group enjoys close collaboration with many Latvian composers. In 2005, Mārtiņš Viļums’ opus Le temps scintille commissioned by LRCS won him the First Prize at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers. Maija Einfelde’s chamber-oratorio At the Edge of the Earth brought her the First Prize at the International Competition 1996, held by the Barlow Foundation.
LRCS often enjoy the challenge of participating in projects that require not only outstanding singing, but also excellent acting skills. The latest success story is the performance of the opera-painting Operation: Orpheus – the project of Denmark’s theatre Hotel Pro Forma; it has toured all around Europe. Another project War Sum Up followed in collaboration with Hotel Pro Forma, composers Santa Ratniece and Gilbert Nouno, and The Irrepressibles; the show was premièred in September, 2011 and is being regularly performed in Europe and America with resounding success until today.
The Latvian Radio Chamber Singers have participated in many important Baltic and European music festivals: La Musica Strasbourgh, Oxford Contemporary Music Festival, März Musik in Berlin, Klangspurenfestival in Austria, Time of Music in Finland, NYYD Festival in Tallinn, and the Gaida Festival in Vilnius.