a cappella 2020 – delivered as an alternative and digital programme!

Dear a cappella enthusiasts,

We promised you’d be hearing from us. Well, here we are again – and we’re delighted to announce that during the original dates from 1 to 9 May 2020, we’ll be presenting an alternative, digital festival programme!


First and foremost, the opening concert of a cappella 2020 will still take place, believe it or not! On 1 May, amarcordplus will perform their planned recital of baroque vocal music ‘From Schein to Bach’ at St Thomas’s Church – and you can enjoy it at home on the internet or the radio. It will start at 8pm on the ARTE Concert website and at 8.05pm on the radio stations and web channels of MDR Kultur and MDR Klassik. In addition, Deutschlandfunk will broadcast the concert again on 10 May at 9:05 pm in its programme ‘Konzertdokument der Woche’ (‘Concert Recording of the Week’).

The concert ‘From Schein to Bach’ can be seen live on 1 May at 8pm:



Incidentally, after the live broadcast, the recital will still be available in the ARTE Concert media library for a month worldwide, for two months throughout Europe, and for three months in Germany and France.


As with all the other a cappella concerts, there will also be a detailed programm booklet (in German) featuring lyrics, an interview with amarcord, and information about all the artists taking part. It’s been posted here as a PDF file for you to read online or download.


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The music will continue from 2 to 9 May, when you can look forward to video messages, live recordings and other performances at 6pm every day by the groups invited to appear at this year’s a cappella Festival! They’ll be posted on our Facebook page and on our new YouTube channel.

Afterwards, we’ll publish details of when the concerts planned for 2020 will be rescheduled – in other words, when you’ll finally be able to see and hear the ensembles live under the banner of the a cappella Festival. What’s more, we’re also planning to hold a special a cappella concert this autumn. As you can see, there’s plenty to look forward to!

Despite everything, at least we’ll be able to brighten up the original festival dates with vocal music and still convey something of the a cappella atmosphere – and we’re really looking forward to it! So don’t forget to check out what’s going on every day from 1 to 9 May!