The Freiburg Bach Choir

Freiburg Bach Choir was founded in the winter of 1943/44 by Theodor Egel as a student choir. The first performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Matthäuspassion" on March 5th, 1944, at "Freiburger Münster" laid the foundation of a great tradition: Until today the choir has had the chance of singing Bach's two great passions (St-Matthew's and St. John's) in this beautiful cathedral every year. In its first 39 years the choir became a vital and essential institution of the cultural life in its hometown, in the region and abroad.

In 1983 Theodor Egel handed the direction of the "Bachchor" to Hans Michael Beuerle. All the concerts the choir has performed since in Switzerland, France, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine, Japan, Spain prove that Beuerle was successful in sustaining the demanding tradition of the ensemble.

In addition to the 4-6 concerts each year the choir has developed close contact to choirs of Freiburg's NINE twin cities. And so it became an extraordinary event, when in 2007 the "Bachchor" together with delegations from all over the world performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Further projects were realized with Verdi "Requiem" in Guildford (2008), with the "Brahms-Requiem" in Padua (2009) and in Granada (2011), with Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" in Venice (2008) und Padua (2010), with Berlioz' "La Damnation de Faust" in Besançon (2009), with Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" in Guildford (2012), with Bach's „Mass in B minor" (2013) und Händel's "Messiah" in Matsuyama (2014).

After Hans Michael Beuerle's death in January 2015 Wolfgang Schäfer stepped in as the artistic director for one year. Hannes Reich succeeded in March 2016.