Vokalensemble Kölner Dom
The cathedral can’t be imagined without it: for more than 150 years the Cologne Cathedral Choir – a boys’ choir reinforced by male voices – is an essential component of the liturgy. Moreover, the in 1863 re-established choir has made a name for itself with concerts in the cathedral, the philharmonic hall or the opera far beyond the borders of Cologne. Thereby, the vocalists work with the city’s great musical institutions such as the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Cologne opera, the ensemble of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk as well as several choirs and orchestras from the city and region. The repertoire mainly covers works from the Renaissance and Baroque as well as from the 20th century.
Since 1987 the choir is conducted by the Director of Music Prof. Eberhard Metternich who has led the vocalists to multiple achievements in national and international choir competitions. In May 2002 the choir was honored in Osnabrück as Germany’s best boys’ choir. On several concert tours abroad the choir was able to impress the audiences. Thus, the vocalists together with the Cologne chamber orchestra performed a Pontifical High Mass on Whitsunday 2009 in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica with Pope Benedict XIV. After a concert tour to Canada, the USA, Mexico and Israel the choir lastly took part in 2016 in an international choir festival in Lecco, Italy. In the summer of 2017 another highlight in the choir’s history took place: a trip to South America with concerts in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. In 2019 the choir traveled to China for two and a half weeks, in 2020 it will tour in Portugal. The Cologne Cathedral Choir is a member of ’Pueri Cantores’, an international association of catholic children’s and youth choirs.
The musical training of the vocalists is obtained at the cathedral choir academy, the elementary school of Cologne’s cathedral music and the music school. Both are based in the Kardinal Höffner house, the choir center of the Cologne cathedral. Here rehearsals take place – usually thrice a week – as well as individual voice training and instrumental lessons. Through intensive care beyond the musical training it is ensured that school and choir remain compatible.