2021 programme finalized – Ticket sales start in late February – Online Christmas concerts by amarcord and many others

Following the extraordinary ‘Signs of Life’ festival featuring the Leipzig a cappella and cultural community and hosted by amarcord in September, preparations are now underway for the 2021 a cappella Festival.

The programme has now been finalized and posted on this website. However, tickets won’t go on sale until the end of February 2021 at the earliest. With planning subject to change at a moment’s notice owing to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s little point in selling tickets any earlier as this could easily result in disappointment for you, our audience.


But at least you can already look forward to a varied a cappella programme! For one thing, we want to make up for the concerts we missed last year by LaLeLu, German Gents and VOXID. Moreover, we’re really looking forward to the concert premieres in Leipzig by Anúna from Ireland and Ringmasters from Sweden.
In addition, we’re thrilled about three new additions to the programme. Cantoría is a young vocal quartet from Spain devoted to Renaissance music. Ordinarius marks the first time for many years that we’ve welcomed a group from Brazil. And Clemens Goldberg’s ensemble Musica Universalis will be staging one of its remarkable interdisciplinary concert experiences for us.
Sadly, in 2021 we’ll have to make do without the Tallis Scholars and the Banchieri Singers. Unfortunately, Peter Phillips’s Tallis Scholars won’t be able to make the 2021 festival. But don’t worry, because they’ve already managed to schedule a different date for a concert in Leipzig in the not-too-distant future, so it won’t be long before we can see them perform here. Sadly, we can’t say the same for the Banchieris for, to our great regret, our Hungarian friends will shortly go their separate ways.

Nevertheless, there will still be a few rays of a cappella light during Advent, meaning Christmas gifts involving vocal music remain a possibility! We’d especially like to recommend the online festival ‘Live from London’ launched by amarcord’s esteemed colleagues and friends from Voces8. Until 6 January, it will be hosting online concerts by several ensembles, including some familiar faces from a cappella Festivals in Leipzig in previous years. amarcord will be presenting its Christmas programme on 19 December, while other ensembles appearing include the Tallis Scholars, Anúna, Take6, Voces8, a cappella Contest Prize-Winners German Gents, the Gabrieli Consort performing the complete Christmas Oratorio, and the Choir of Westminster Abbey. Full details and tickets for this wonderful celebration of vocal music are available at www.amarcord.de/live-from-london. Now there’s an idea for an early Christmas present! You might like to give someone the gift of a wonderful vocal music experience, and simultaneously help the ensembles taking apart and also our a cappella Association, which will receive a share of the ticket sales!

There are two more special events awaiting amarcord which you’ll be able to join. For the first time, they’ll be taking part in the seasonal concert ‘Christmas with the German President’. It’ll be broadcast on TV channel zdf at 6pm on 24 December (https://www.klassikkalender.de/tv-sendungen/weihnachten-mit-dem-bundespraesidenten/).
What’s more, on 20 December, there’s an opportunity to enjoy the five singers in the special line-up amarcordplus together with the Thuringian Bach Collegium. As a prelude to their extensive collaboration, the two ensembles will be performing the first three cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. The performance in the Bach Church in the charming town of Arnstadt will be broadcast by Deutschlandfunk Kultur as part of its Christmas Day Special on 20 December at 8.03pm and also carried by more than twenty radio stations across Europe.

It goes without saying that as an appetizer to the upcoming a cappella Festival, we will of course be sharing music and videos by the participating ensembles on our Facebook page over the coming weeks. Stay tuned – and stay safe!



Photo: Christian Kern