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Vocal-Concertisten e.v. Berlin (Chamber Choir)

Founded: Berlin, Germany

The outrageous to bring hearing - this guiding principle shapes the musical work of the Vocal-Concertisten e.v. Berlin (= VCB) since its establishment by Kristian Commichau in 1987. Outrageous - the development of to do justice with music by turning out music covers from Renaissance and Baroque in Historically Informed Performance practice, just as the performance of unknown works of the modern times.

Outrageous to hear - by the connection of word and music in works of Walter Jens, Friedrich Schorlemmer and Thekla Carola Wied. Or by performing in a concert next to each other the Bandoneonmusik of Astor Piazzolla and the Motets of J.S. Bach. And even those who cannot hear at all could experience the VCB: Gudrun Hillert performed for the spectators a Weihnachts-Concert with Thekla Carola Wied simultaneously translated into the bearing language.

Concert tours have led the VCB with the support of the Deutschen Musikrats and the Goethe-Institut all over Europe, to Israel, Australia, India and last to South America with appearances in Chile, Uruguay and Brazil.

The VCB also perform complete rarely heard Baroque operas. A further musical high point for VCB: In October 2001 they performed in Berlin Purcell's King Arthur in a complete scened production with play and music on the stage. With this tremendously unusual and versatile program on high musical level, the VCB has begun to prove that serious music does not have to mean academic boredom. They have created themselves thereby a large and unusually broadly strewn public.

All musical activity and creativity live thereby alone from the enthusiasm: The VCB are not an ensemble from professional musicians, but a chamber choir, which is tied up to no institution as registered association. The choir members live all in Germany and meet monthly to rehearse in Berlin during weekends.

The liberty, which the choir thereby enjoys, in addition, means an outrageous organisational challenge: even to have to organise and finance. With projects like the Mozart Requiem with texts and under co-operation of Walter Jens or the King Arthur opera production with more than 100 participants and altogether over 2000 listeners and showers, the VCB have thereby in the meantime far exceeded the borders of usual choir work.

Source: Vocal-Concertisten e.v. Berlin Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2005)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2005)

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