The Münchner Motettenchor has been making a major contribution to the musical life of Munich for over 50 years. The choir of around 90 singers performs regularly with leading orchestras in the city’s major concert venues. Numerous concert tours have included destinations throughout Germany and Europe, and also worldwide. In 2012 the Choir travelled to Israel to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv. The Choir was, in addition, invited to join the Athens State Orchestra for a performance of Brahms’ German Requiem in Athens in 2014. Last season’s engagements included a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Bad Urach and a concert of German music in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.
In addition to its extensive concert programme, the Choir’s main activities include providing church music at services held at Munich’s Church of St Matthäus, Bavaria’s principal Protestant church, where the Choir is based. The Choir’s commitment to church music has led to regular TV and radio broadcasts. Careful programming ensures that the Choir’s wide repertoire includes not only established major choral works with orchestra, but also first performances of new music and a cappella works covering almost the entire choral music spectrum.
Benedikt Haag has been conductor of the Münchner Motettenchor since 2013. His earliest musical training was as a chorister in the world renowned Windsbacher Knabenchor. He studied at Munich’s Musikhochschule, where he completed a post-graduate MA course in choral conducting in 2014. Benedikt Haag has quickly established himself as one of Bavaria’s most sought after young choral conductors and is currently artistic director of several other vocal ensembles, including the Amadeus-Chor Neuendettlesau and the Münchner Konzertchor. He also works as a voice trainer at the Cathedral Choir School of Munich’s Frauenkirche.