Philharmonic Choir Bonn
The Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn (Philharmonic Chorus of the City of Bonn) is an ensemble of around 120 active singers. It emerged from the ‘Städtischer Gesangsverein’ founded in 1852 and is now considered Bonn’s leading oratorio chorus. The choir’s main task is to participate in the city’s choral concerts, primarily under Bonn’s musical director. In addition it often performs at the Beethovenfest Bonn and regularly develops chamber musical concert series.
The chamber music concerts in the Kammermusiksaal of the Beethoven-Haus are incredibly popular. The Philharmonischer Chor and its artistic director care greatly about introducing children and young people to music outside of their sphere of regular consumption by putting on varied school projects.
As a musical ambassador for the city of Beethoven’s birth – Bonn – the Philharmonischer Chor has been a popular guest at concerts in Japan, England, France, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland. At the international Lucerne Festival 2013 the Philharmonischer Chor made its debut at the side of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, performing ‘Romeo et Juliette’ by Hector Berlioz, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. More recent highlights include the performances of William Walton’s ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’ and Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in the Cologne Philharmonie and in the Dortmund Konzerthaus with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi.
Between 1983 and 2015 the church cantor Thomas Neuhoff was the chorus’s artistic director. Under his auspices it became a sought-after ensemble both in Germany and in other countries.
In May 2016 Paul Krämer took on the role of artistic director of the Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn. The young conductor from Oberhausen, who is the musical director of the Kartäuser Kantorei in Cologne, completed his conducting degree under Marcus Creed at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne with distinction in 2015. During his young career as a conductor he has already worked with conductors such as Markus Stenz, Christof Prick, Andreas Spering and Timothy Brown.