The Wiesbadener Knabenchor (Wiesbaden Boys´ Choir) was founded in 1960 by the parish priest Dr. Hugo Herrfurth at the "Ringkirche" in Wiesbaden. From 1964 to 1989 the choir was under the
direction of Dr. Konrad-Jürgen Jürgen Kleinicke, who led the choir to big successes during his 25 years in this position. After him Klaus Ullrich led the Wiesbadener Knabenchor from 1990 to
1997 on a continuously high level. He was followed by Nicol Matt, who successfully led the choir until 2001. Since 2001 Roman Twardy is responsible for the
artistic work at the choir.
The boys choir today covers nearly 80 boy and male voices in the age of 6 to 28 years. By vocal and orchestral concerts as well as concert tours this vocal ensemble created itself a name in the Rhine Main region, in Germany and also on an international scope.
Regularly the choir takes part in services in several churches of Wiesbaden, above all in the "Marktkirche", the largest protestant church in Wiesbaden. Larger and smaller concerts are premiered, a cappella or with orchestra, from the unaccompanied folk song to the oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach. Baroque music forms an emphasis of the repertoire, and in addition, a special weight is also set on contemporary choir music.
Concert tours in recent years brought the choir into many countries of Europe e.g. Lithuania and Bulgaria and - on invitation of the Goethe Institute - to Malaysia and Australia. The Wiesbadener Knabenchor maintains close contacts to boys and youth choirs from Germany and from foreign countries. These are continued in mutual choir exchange with concert projects as well as in guest concerts in Wiesbaden.
Several broadcast and television shots as well as recordings on CD underline the artistic meaning of the Wiesbadener Knabenchor. Beside recordings with Christmas carols and live recordings, a CD recording with works of Rosenmueller, a Baroque composer, as well as Johann Mattheson´s "Das Lied des Lammes” (2005) as the only recording of this composition gained special interest among experts. Due to the 50-years-jubilee in 2010 the choir released the CD “So Singen Wir” ( “Like this we sing”), which gives an overview of the choir´s broad repertoire.
The boys` choir is invited by internationally known artists and ensembles to join them at concert projects, e.g. by René Kollo or by the Madrigal de Luxembourg. In 1998 the choir was admitted to the Verband Deutscher KonzertChöre (VDKC) and additionally in 2002 the choir was invited to become a member in the European federation of choirs in Brüssel because of its credit for international choir exchange. In 2013 the choir was presented with the culture award of the city of Wiesbaden.
The Wiesbadener Knabenchor is not bound to any institution. Its work is financed and organized by a carrier association of the same name. The association is supported by private promoters, the city of Wiesbaden and the church municipalities of Wiesbaden, in particular by the Protestant municipality of Wiesbaden.
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