The LandesJugendChor Saar (Saarland Youth Choir) was founded by the Saarland Choral Association in 2008 in order to give young people the opportunity to develop their skills in music and singing thereby enabling them to experience the performance of choral music at a high artistic standard. The young choir, which has met with a very positive response from audiences has already performed many concerts and been featured in radio broadcasts. The ensemble’s first CD, “Hear a voice” was released in 2010 and was very positively received. The LandesJugendChor Saar celebrated its most important success so far at the 2012 German Choral Festival in Frankfurt am Main. The ensemble won First Prize in the category Ancient Music/Classic and Second Prize in the category Modern at the international competition and was also named “Best Choir in All Categories” from among 80 competing ensembles. This CD is being released in connection with this outstanding achievement and has been made possible by grants from Deutschlandradio Berlin in cooperation with Saarländischer Rundfunk. The University of Stellenbosch has invited the young Saarland ensemble to undertake a concert tour of South Africa in 2014. Speyer cathedral cantor Alexander Lauer and vocal coach Stefanie Fels-Lauer have led the choir since its formation. The two musicians have a shared commitment and passion for choral music and for working with young people. They, themselves, have performed with various professional choirs under famous conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Frieder Bernius, Riccardo Chailly, Nikolas Harnoncourt, Kent Nagano and Sir Simon Rattle. This wide experience has provided valuable influences for their artistic activity, the two firmly believing in the principle of a homogeneous and floating vocal sound in their work with choirs.
The Artist's Homepage: http://www.saarlaendischer-chorverband.de/index.php?id=landesjugendchor
Works by J. Bennet, C. Janequin, F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, R. Schumann and others
LandesJugendChor Saar - Alexander Lauer, conductor