The mixed choir MáTa was established in 1992 at the Music School Klapkova 25, Prague 8, by Zora Krásná and Zdeněk Krásný upon a wish of many parents of the school’s pupils who were eager to be part of the school’s music life. Zora and Zdeněk were MáTa’s choirmasters until 2001. It was during this time that the choir collaborated extensively with the school’s symphonic orchestra, conducted also by Zora Krásná. Just to name a few of the numerous performances from that period – C.Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Spanish Hall of the Prague Castle and in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, concerts in Bad Oldesloe in Germany in collaboration with the Buxtehude choir or with the Ferencz Liszt choir in Budapest, Hungary. Together with the Buxtehude choir, MáTa also performed in a concert in the Ball Game Hall of the Prague Castle.
Between 2001 and 2006 MáTa successively worked with these choirmasters: Pavel Bělík, Jan Svejkovský and Zuzana Krušinová. Under Jan Svejkovský MáTa sang at the school’s 50th anniversary concert in Rudolfinum and featured on a CD recorded specially for this occasion. In the spring of 2006, under Zuzana Krušinová the choir toured Szeged in Hungary and the Czech villages of the Banat region, Romania.
Since the autumn of 2006 the choir has been led by Helena Velická and has performed at numerous concerts and collaborated with many choirs from the Czech Republic and abroad (Skara Choir from Sweden, Kórið hjá Jóhan Choir from the Faroe Islands etc.). Among others, it performed Dvořák’s Mass in D Major, Lužanská, in Lužany, the place of the piece’s world premiere, for the Antonín Dvořák Society, and also in St Peter’s Church in Prague on the occasion of the 135the anniversary of Dvořák’s wedding which had taken place in the church. In 2011 the choir added Mozart’s Requiem to its repertoire. In July 2011 MáTa toured the French Pyrenees upon an invitation from a choir in Pau.
The choir consisting of app. 30 singers has a repertoire of both liturgical and secular and of both contemporary and classical music.