Germany is home to roughly 60,000 active choirs. These include workplace choirs, police choirs, school and student choirs, church choirs, radio choirs, Bach choirs, jazz choirs, gospel choirs, chamber choirs and singing clubs of all kind. Around one third of all German choirs are exclusively for children. Mixed boy's choirs covering the full range from soprano to baritone are particularly popular.
Regensburg Cathedral Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs in the world. The Regensburger Domspatzen are official UNICEF ambassadors and European cultural ambassadors – and, of course, a great advert for their home city at the northernmost tip of the Danube.
In Japan they're known as the angels from Bavaria. The Tölzer Knabenchor is formed of up to 200 boy singers from Upper Bavaria and has won fans all over the world through its festivals, tours, operas, radio concerts and recordings.
The Württemberg Chamber Choir's reputation rests on its unusual, highly challenging repertoire. Time and again, on tour and at many festivals, it sets the benchmark for contemporary excellence in choral singing.
The Dresdner Kreuzchor is the mixed boys' choir of Dresden's Kreuzkirche church, where it still sings Saturday vespers every week. The choir is heard by around 150,000 people every year and the boys attend the church grammar school.
The Munich Motet Choir was founded in 1960 by a group of music students from Munich University. Today, with around 120 members, it is one of Germany's most celebrated, most adventurous mixed concert choirs.
The Berlin Radio Choir is Germany's most successful mixed choir. It has numerous recording prizes to its name, including three Grammys and multiple ECHO Klassiks, which are testament to its international calibre. Since 2001 the British conductor Simon Halsey has been the choir's chief conductor and artistic director.
Leipzig's St. Thomas boys' choir was established in 1212 because of a requirement for pupils fortunate enough to attend St. Thomas School to contribute to the sacred music in the monastery. The foundation was validated by the seal of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto IV of Brunswick.