The North German Radio Choir (NDR Chor) was formed in 1946 and is now one of the leading professional chamber choirs in Germany. Since August 2008 its artistic director has been Philipp Ahmann.
The NDR Chor performs and takes part in radio broadcasts, generally with the ensembles associated with North German Radio but, today more than ever, it focuses on music for unaccompanied voices extending from early music to the present day.
Since the start of the 2009/10 season the NDR Chor offers its own series of subscription concerts as a regular feature of the musical life of Hamburg.
In addition to its concerts in Hamburg and in the transmission area of the NDR, the NDR Chor also appears regularly at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Hamburg International Music Festival, the International Händel Festival in Göttingen, the Lower Saxony Music Festival and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Internationally, the chorus has performed at the Lucerne Festival, the Festival Septembre Musical in Montreux, the Prague Spring Festival and the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London.
The NDR Chor also appears frequently with other distinguished ensembles such as the Accademia Bizantina, Concerto Köln, the Belgian Baroque orchestra B’Rock, Ensemble Resonanz, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam.
Among the conductors with whom the NDR Chor has worked are Eric Ericson, Marcus Creed, Stephen Layton, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Barenboim, Michael Gielen, Thomas Hengelbrock, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen.