The Göttingen Boys‘ Choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a series of extraordinary concerts and events. The highlight of this anniversary year will be the international boys‘ choir meeting „Music of the Future – Many Voices, One World“, which will take place from 29 September to 4 October in Göttingen and the surrounding area. For an overview of all anniversary events, see all Dates (in German).
International Boys‘ Choir Meeting, 29 September to 4 October 2022
In celebrating our 60th anniversary, we want to show that Boys‘ Choirs not only has a great past, but also looks forward to a great future with passion and energy. Therefore, the musical focus will be on contemporary „music of the future“. In keeping with our motto „Many voices, one world“, the emphasis is not on musical competition, but on the meeting of choirs. The participating choirs will work together to produce modern choral music of the highest standard, which will be presented in a festive concert at the end of the choral meeting.
The participating choirs
We are lloking forward to welcome the Maîtrise de la Sainte-Croix de Neuilly (Paris, France), the Singknaben der St. Ursen-Kathedrale (Solothurn, Suisse), the Chorus Cathedralis Iuniorum (Turku, Finnland) and the Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben (Germany) in Göttingen! We are especially excited to welcome the Dudaryk Boys‘ Choir from Lviv (Ukraine). Togehter, we will set en example for a peaceful Europe.
The participating choirs will perform their own programme in a meeting concert and in regional concerts. At the big festival concert, the programme developed in the workshops will be sung.
Friday, 30 September 2022: Encounter concert
At the beginning of the choral meeting, the participating choirs will present themselves to the other choirs and the audience in a joint encounter concert with an excerpt from their own programme. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at St Johannis, Göttingen. Admission is from 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
Saturday, 1 October 2022: Regional Concerts
Today, the guest choirs will give their own concert in the Göttingen area. The concerts start at 18:00, doors open at 17:30. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
|Singknaben der St. Ursen-Kathedrale (Soleure)||St. Jacobi, Osterode|
|La Maîtrise de la Sainte-Croix de Neuilly||St. Martin, Heiligenstadt|
|Chorus Cathedralis Iuniorum (Turku)||St. Martini, Dransfeld|
|Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben||St. Sixti, Northeim|
|Dudaryk Boys‘ Choir||St. Alexandri, Einbeck|
Monday, 3 October 2022: Festive concert
The choral meeting will end with a big festive concert with all the participating choirs on the day of German unity. The concert will start at 17:00, admission will start at 16:30. Tickets will soon be available at all known sales points.
Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Creatures, set to music by Ulrich Roscher for Boys‘ Choir, four-handed piano, clarinet an d percussion, will form the center of the festive concert. It is not for nothing that the Canticle of Creatures is one of the most set texts in world literature: it not only praises Creation, but also focuses on man and his place in Creation. The call for humility in relation to the environment, with which Francis of Assisi concludes his Canticle, could not be more topical and also concerns all those who do not believe in divine creation. With the new musical setting of the Canticle of Creatures, we create a link between our age-old tradition and today’s issues. More information on the concert programme will follow shortly.
For the organisation of the international boys‘ choir meeting, the Göttingen Boys‘ Choir is supported by the following institutions: