The WDR Rundfunkchor is a professional ensemble with 44 singers and singers. Its home is the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne. The choir’s profile is repertoire diversity in perfection and it specializes in performing innovative and sophisticated works, both a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment.
The spectrum ranges from medieval music to contemporary compositions. The WDR Rundfunkchor sings a cappella concerts, symphonic orchestral works, solo vocal music and film and computer game music, opera and contemporary experimental compositions.
More than 150 original and premiere performances characterize the previous program of the WDR Rundfunkchor, performing works by Schönberg, Henze, Stockhausen, Nono, Boulez, Zimmermann, Penderecki, Stockhausen, Xenakis, Berio, Höller, Eötvös, Hosokawa, Pagh-Paan, Zender, Tüür and Mundry. The last extraordinary collaboration was with Martin Schläpfer’s Ballet Company at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the world premiere of Adriana Hölszky’s “Deep Field”. The WDR Rundfunkchor is constantly on the move, exploring new performance locations, looking for challenges and interpreting scores of the highest difficulty levels. The joy of choral music and the invitation to all people to sing is a concern of the choir and belongs equally to the range oftasks as well as the children and family concerts.
In recent decades, Bernhard Zimmermann, Herbert Schernus, Helmuth Froschauer, Anton Marik and Rupert Huber accompanied the WDR Radio Choir as Chief Conductor. Stefan Parkman has held this function since the 2014/2015 season.
The WDR Rundfunkchor received an Echo Preis Klassik for Görgy Ligeti’s “Requiem” and Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé”. The CD of Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil op. 37”, which was released in January 2016, has also been realized as a staged film production by WDR Fernsehen.
Photo by A. Moeltgen