Bamberg Symphony Chorus
The repertoire of the Bamberg Symphony Chorus, directed by its founder Rolf Beck, ranges from sacred and secular a cappella music to large-scale choral-orchestral works. Countless concerts, radio and television broadcasts and CDs have won the Chorus a high reputation far beyond Bamberg and Germany.
The Chorus's activities include concerts in Germany's musical capitals as well as guest appearances at leading European festivals, such as Lucerne, Salzburg, the Linz Brucknerfest and the Prague Spring. Among the conductors with whom it has collaborated are Giuseppe Sinopoli, Honorary Conductor Christoph Eschenbach, Honorary Conductor Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Roger Norrington, Georges Prêtre, Marcello Viotti, Horst Stein and Robin Ticciati. In recent years the main focus of the Bamberg Symphony's work with the Chorus has been the recording of Gustav Mahler's symphonies 2, 3 and 8 under Jonathan Nott. In the 2017/18 season, the Choir will perform Beethoven's ninth symphony on New Year's Eve under Chief Conductor Jakub Hrůša.
Membership of the Chorus is conditional on a successful audition, during which a candidate's vocal capabilities and overall musicianship are assessed. Initially, Chorus members prepare works on their own, and then meet for weekend rehearsals, as each project dictates.