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The Augustiner-Vocalkreis
(St. Augustine's Chamber Choir)

from Erfurt in Germany was founded in 1992 and is now considered to be one of the best non-professional choirs in central Germany. With each of the 25 singers looking on many years of choir-experience or a musical training, the Vocalkreis is nevertheless a lay-choir that specializes in performing a cappella choir music as a chamber choir. The members of the choir meet once a week at St. Augustine's in Erfurt for rehearsals under the leadership of Dietrich Ehrenwerth, Music Director of the Evangelical Church of Central Germany. Over the years the Augustiner-Vocalkreis has built up a diversified repertoire spanning various centuries, which includes the MusikalischeExequien by Heinrich Schütz, the romantic waltz-songs of Johannes Brahms and the Weihnachtsgeschichte and Choralpassion by Hugo Distler. However the choir also specialises in producing and performing a cappella compositions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such as works by Francis Poulenc, Knut Nysted, Javier Busto, VytautasMiškinis, Józef?wideror Wolfram Buchenberg.

Within a short period the Vocalkreis established itself as an important component of the musical landscape in Thuringia. In 2000 the choir performed for the opening of the first state-exhibition "Young Bach", in 2003 at the opening of the festival "Meister Eckhart Year", for the official celebration of the "Day of German Unity" in Erfurt on 3rd October 2004as well as for the service with pope Benedict XVI in St. Augustine’s in 2012. In addition the choir has toured in most of the German federal states as well as in France, Poland, the Czech Republic and Spain.

Since the founding of the choir, its singers have collected many awards. In 1994 the Vocalkreis won 3rd prize in the "European Competition for Singing Schools and Cathedral Choirs" in Amiens, France. After coming first in the category "mixed adult choirs" in the state competition, the Vocalkreis went on to gain 2nd place in the "6th German Choir Competition" in May 2002.

In 2007 a CDwith works from Johann Bach, Buxtehude, Stanford, Wetz, Rutter, Nystedt, Swider, Miškinis, Busto and Buchenberg has been edited by Cavalli-Records.

Audio samples can be found under https://www.muziekweb.nl/Link/M00000394961/CLASSICAL/Augustiner-Vocalkreis-Erfurt


Contact: LKMD Dietrich Ehrenwerth

Augustinerstraße 11a

99084 Erfurt

Phone: ++49 - 361 - 602 97 42  and  ++49 – 361 - 73 77 68 83 

Fax: ++49 - 361 - 73 77 68 89



Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterDer Papst in Erfurt - Video 1

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Foto: Christiane Claus
Foto: Christiane Claus
Foto: Christiane Claus