The Augustinian Church Choir

 

The Augustinian Church Choir from Erfurt are visiting the Diocese of Leeds during October for a week’s tour to mark 21 years of the partnership between the Diocese with the Erfurt Kirchenkreis.

 

  • Friday 18 October: Lunchtime Concert 12.30

 

The choir will perform choral pieces by, among others, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Flor Peeters, Gustav Holst, Arvo Pärt and John Rutter.

The tour will visit Bradford Cathedral on October 13, York Minster on October 14, Wakefield Cathedral on October 15, Bradford Cathedral on October 16, Ripon Cathedral on October 17, Leeds Minister on October 18, St Margaret's Church in Ilkley on October 19 and Halifax Minster on October 20.

 

Founded in 1877 as the Augustinian’s Choral Society, the Augustinian’s Church Choir developed into one of the largest amateur choirs of the region of Thuringia, in the centre of Germany, with about 120 members. Despite recruiting its members from different parishes as well as from various religious groups, it is nonetheless irrevocably connected with the Protestant Church not least because its home is the Monastery of Augustinian Friars, a place where Martin Luther lived as a monk more than 500 years ago.

The choir contributes to the rich musical life of the region with regular performances of the well-known oratories and passions of Johann Sebastian Bach, whose Christmas oratory is a longstanding yearly highlight of the concert season in Erfurt, the capital of Thuringia.

For more than 25 years the choir has been led by conductor Dietrich Ehrenwerth and gained nationwide recognition. Since the year of 2000, the choir regularly performs Bach-cantatas during church services and has participated in radio- and television broadcasts. Concert tours have taken the choir to important religious centres of Germany and in 2016 to a 12-day concert tour to Japan.