Dresdner Kreuzchor

Dresdner Kreuzchor

The Dresdner Kreuzchor is one of the oldest and most famous boys’ choirs in the world. Its history dates back to the 13th century, when the city of Dresden was mentioned for the first time. Over the past 800 years, singing during the Dresden Kreuzkirche’s vespers and services has remained one of its most important purposes. In addition, the choir does regular concerts, interpreting distinguished pieces of religious music, which are the key piece of its repertoire and show the choir’s Christian influence. Besides renowned soloists, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden are the choir’s most important concert partners. Apart those two orchestras, the Kreuzchor does also enjoy collaborations with ensembles specialized in Early Music, such as the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

The choir’s repertoire includes everything from Renaissance to world premieres of contemporary pieces. Numerous recordings document its creative work. But the choir does not only play an important role in Dresden’s musical scene; for over 100 years, the Kreuzchor has performed concert tours all across Germany and Europe as well as in Israel, Canada, Japan, South America, Korea, China and the USA. As its oldest cultural institution, the choir represents the city of Dresden on almost every continent, and has recently made its debut at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele. In addition, the choir’s members are regularly engaged as soloists in opera productions.

Until they obtain their Abitur, the 130 boys, called “Kruzianer”, attend the Kreuzschule, one of Germany’s oldest schools. Two-thirds live at the choir’s boarding school. Besides their normal school life, they follow individual singing and instrumental classes, starting at age nine. The intensive rehearsals and the unique charm of the ephemeral boy’s voices are fundamental to the Dresdner Kreuzchor’s international renown.

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