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Choir Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern

The Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, established by Enoch zu Guttenberg in 1967, upholds the more than hundred-year-old musical tradition of the Upper Bavarian village of Neubeuern, which forms the basis of its unique style.

Today the Chorgemeinschaft performs the major oratorios of Munich’s concert season and cooperates with orchestras and soloists of international repute. While its repertoire ranges from the literature of the early Baroque to that of the twentieth century, Johann Sebastian Bach remains the focus of the choir’s musical work.

Concerts given at all major musical centres in Germany as well as guest performances at the great festivals of the world testify to the choir’s ongoing presence and success in the international music business.

Since 1997, for example, the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern has been regularly invited by the Vienna Musikverein, most recently in 2011 with two sold-out performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.

In 2009 new benchmarks were set with an extremely successful debut at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In the autumn of that year, the choir was exuberantly acclaimed on their tour of Asia for their all-Haydn programme featuring concerts in Hong Kong and in Beijing at the Beijing Music Festival.

One of the undisputed highlights in the choir’s history was the invitation in October 2010 to perform Verdi’s Requiem in honour of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.

The choir’s 45th anniversary year 2012 started with the highly regarded performance of Bach’s St. John Passion at St. Martin in the Fields in London.

2016 was marked by two major concert tours. The first was a tour through Asia with celebrated performances in Beijing, Seoul and Suwon, and the second through Canada and the USA. The concerts in Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston were performed by the Chorgemeinschaft in collaboration with KlangVerwaltung, producing a tour de force of choral singing and orchestral virtuosity through the great concert halls of North America. The tour culminated with a stunning performance in Carnegie Hall in New York.

The development of the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, which is considered one of the best lay choirs in Europe, is inseparably linked with Enoch zu Guttenberg. The exceptional quality of musical performance achieved by this symbiosis has also been experienced by great guest conductors such as Roberto Abbado and Andrew Parrot.

In 2014, the female choir of the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern joined forces with Klaus Maria Brandauer to produce a concert programme that focusses on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Since then, the programme has been regularly performed, for example at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad in 2016 and in Vienna, Linz and Munich.

For some 20 years the choir has been accompanied by the KlangVerwaltung orchestra which is also under the direction of Enoch zu Guttenberg. But collaboration with the Duisburger Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Bamberg Symphoniker has also brought the choir much praise and recognition.

The high standard of the choir’s performances, documented by numerous radio and television productions and CD recordings, has received great critical acclaim.

The choir and its director have been awarded a number of awards for their work, among them the Deutsche Kulturpreis, the Bavarian State Prize and the cultural award of the Bavarian National Foundation.


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