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A SINGER PUR PORTRAIT
Here you can watch a short Singer Pur portrait with English subtitles which we produced in summer 2018 with a lot of fun. Enjoy!
HORIZONS - THE NEW SINGER PUR-CD RELEASE
How we perceive “spirit” is both different and similar for each person and each culture. “Spirit” cannot be taken captive, trapped into dogma or institutionalized: it blows wherever it will. The spirit we perceive, emanating from completely different cultures, often moves us without us understanding the language or knowing much about the civilization that lies behind it. Spirit connects far beyond cultural and religious boundaries. That is why here we seek to link the spirit from different world religions, regions and cultures. Music and texts from different Christian traditions, from Asia, Africa and the Jewish and Arabic cultures are harmoniously juxtaposed.
Since it was founded in 1991, Singer Pur has had the privilege of travelling to almost 60 countries, always finding novelties as well as connections. It is thus with great joy that we pour music from the many different cultures we have had the privilege to get to know into the borderless spirit’s horn of plenty. May the spirit-filled music inspire and move you and waft you through the exotic and the familiar.
SINGER PUR APPOINTS NEW FIRST TENOR
Due to our dear Rüdiger's professional reorientation, Singer Pur went about the task of finding a new first tenor. We were very pleasantly surprised at the very high level of applications and are now very pleased indeed to announce that as from May 2019 Christian Meister will be joining our ranks (Rüdiger will return for three concerts in September). In Christian we are very fortunate to find a consummate musician, singer, arranger and most of all a wonderful colleague. The first tenor line is maybe the most demanding in our line up, having to cover, seemlessly, both the tenor and alto range. Very soon after our decision to offer him the position, Christian already recorded our latest CD with us in March and admirably demonstrated the stroke of luck we had in finding him. We look forward to many years of exciting joint concerts and projects!
SINGER PUR TOOK OVER AN EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL VERY SUCCESSFULLY
The first instalment of our new festival, the first Singer Pur Tage, at the beginning of August was a huge success. We were overwhelmed by the attendance and the enthusiasm. The wonderful church of the former Dominican monastery Adlersberg near Regensburg was packed for all three concerts, the high powered musicological team of presenters in our Academy left listeners with much new information about the great music lover and supporter Emperor Maximilian I and his time, the Renaissance dance sessions showed up much new historical talent, we were richly gifted with a beautiful new composition by our wonderful friend and composer in residence Joanne Metcalf whose music charmed everyone, we had the chance to marvel at an original edition of the Theuerdank verse epic about Emperor Maximilian and at the marvellous sounds of an reconstruction of the Apfelregal portable organ as portrayed with Maximilian's organist Hofhaymer in a famous painting of the time, could enjoy informed and personal conversations alongside local food and beer from the Prössl brewery, and had the privilege of Bavarian Radio recording the concerts in most supportive fashion! We thank everyone that contributed to the great success of our weekend of Renaissance!
The next festival Singer Pur Tage will take place from 7th to 9th of August 2020!
SINGER PUR LIVE-BROADCASTING OF OUR CONCERT AT THE ELBPHILHARMONIE
Even after concerts in nearly 60 countries around the world, our concert on the 29th April was something very special for us. Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra had invited us to sing works by Ockeghem, Josquin and Isaac from Edward Houghton's new critical edition of the Chigi Codex (ca 1500).
The acoustics of the Hamburg's spectacular new land mark concert hall are maybe not ideal for that repertoire, but the enthusiastic response from the audience that rewarded us with cheers and even some standing ovations was resonance enough that certainly got under our skin.
The radio station NDRkultur recorded the concert available in the Mediathek des NDR
SINGER PUR LED THE FESTIVAL CHOIR OF MUSICA SACRA INTERNATIONAL MARKTOBERDORF 2018
We were entrusted with directing the festival choir of this wonderful interreligious festival. From 19-22 May Singer Pur prepared a programme titled "The Spirit blows where it will" in afternoon sessions with the choir that was performed in the final two days' concerts. The core of the festival choir was the Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae.
HAPPY MEMORIES OF „VIGILIA“ IN CZ-BRNO 2018
For the second time we were privileged to be asked to perform in the great acoustics of the church St Augustin in Brno as part of the Easter Festival of Sacred Music.
This time featured us with the fantastic Musikfabrik Köln for the first performance in the Czech Republic of the magnificent „Vigilia“ that Wolfgang Rihm wrote for us some years back, directed by Christian Eggen in his usual skilled, discrete and pleasant way. May there be many more of these cooperations!
The aim to make a cappella singing the focus of their lives already developed at school: soon after leaving five former members of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral boys’ choir put it into practice and founded Singer Pur in 1991.
It was a fortunate love affair that brought a soprano into their ranks: soon afterwards the sextet with the unusual combination of voices (a soprano, three tenors, a baritone and a bass) won first prize in the 1994 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (the German national competition) and a year later the coveted Grand Prix for vocal ensembles at the international Tampere Music Festival in Finland, and was launched on its road to becoming the leading German-speaking vocal group. Soon television and radio appearances, CD recordings, invitations to major festivals and concerts in almost 60 countries established an international career.