German Choir tradition in Central London
The German Choir of London was founded in 2009 and has had its home in the German Christuskirche in London since its inception. The focus of our rehearsals – besides getting the right notes – is on expression, language and historical appropriate musical interpretation. Although our repertoire is predominantly German music and our rehearsals are held in German, our singers come from many different countries and include non-native German speakers.
Under its musical director Barbara Höfling the choir gave its first concert in Autumn 2009 with Vivaldi's Gloria and music by Mendelssohn, Schütz and Schumann. Since then the choir has gone from strength to strength: In spring/summer 2010 the choir teamed up with the Paris Magnificat choir to stage Brahms' Liebeslieder Walzer in Paris and London. As a highlight in 2011 we produced our first CD – Der Englische Gruß. In 2012 the choir sang Orlando Gough's new piece Scharnhorst at the Thames Festival, performed Beethoven’s 9th symphony as well as Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium. The highlight in 2013 was an evensong at Westminster Abbey for Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Commemoration day.