The English Choir Berlin was originally formed in the summer of 2013 to accompany Evening Prayers (Verspergottesdienste) at the Berliner Dom, the cathedral church for the City-State of Berlin. It sings both organ-accompanied and a cappella works.
Since Advent 2015, the choir has been singing Choral Evensong on at least one Saturday of each month. In fact, the Choir’s whole musical focus is on the repertoire commonly used in English cathedrals around the world. Not only does this include musical settings specifically for Anglican liturgies such as Choral Evensong, Choral Mattins, Choral Eucharist, or Lessons & Carols, it also takes in the huge scope of other choral music designed for use in churches and, nowadays, increasingly in concert halls: anthems, motets, masses, etc.
During the 2015-2016 season for example, The English Choir Berlin also performed in concert Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, Requiem by W.A. Mozart and Messiah by G.F. Handel. Once established, The English Choir Berlin has rapidly expanded the number of venues where it has appeared. In addition to the Berliner Dom, Choral Evensong, Solemn Eucharist, Lessons & Carols and formal concerts have already been sung.
During the 2017-2018 season, The English Choir Berlin performed in concert Requiem by Maurice Duruflé and sang High Mass at Notre-Dame de Paris and Evensong and Holy Eucharist at the American Cathedral during its Paris tour in May.
During the 2018-2019 season, The English Choir Berlin travelled to Rome to sing Evensong at Santo Stefano Rotondo and High Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni in Laterano.
* St. Marienkirche, Alexanderplatz
* Hedwigskathedrale, Mitte
* Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche)
* Französische Friedrichstadtkirche / French Cathedral, Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin-Mitte
* Heimatkirche, Zehlendorf
* Zwölf-Apostel-Kirche, Schöneberg
* Taborkirche, Kreuzberg
* St. Lukaskirche, Kreuzberg
* Our Lady Church (Frauenkirche)
* Court Church (Hofkirche)
* Castle Church (Schloßkirche)
* St. Marienkirche
in Paris, France
Notre-Dame de Paris
American Cathedral (Episcopal/Anglican)
in Rome, Italy
Santo Stefano Rotondo
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Giovanni in Laterano
The English Choir Berlin is currently made up of some three dozen SATB adult singers of all ages, many of whom have sung in cathedrals or colleges, all of whom are skilled choristers, and some of whom have sung professionally.
Since its inception the choir has been very international. Roughly one-quarter have come from, respectively, the UK, the USA and Germany while the remaining quarter have come from a broad range of countries including, over the past few years, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Russia, Netherlands, Cameroon, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, etc.
Weekly rehearsals take place in the Berliner Dom on Thursdays, 18:30-20:45.
NPR Berlin has interviewed our choir director Kathleen Blackwell Bird about how it all began.