a cappella 2021 goes digital with 9 livestreams – tickets available now

The posters are up all over Leipzig and we’re still possessed by the urge to listen to vocal music. Now it’s finally time to satisfy this urge! The schedule for the 2021 a cappella Festival has been finalized and tickets are available now.

From 30 April to 9 May, a total of eight concerts will be streamed live, and there’ll also be a reprise of last year’s fabulous live chat with Professor Michael Fuchs. The live chat can be viewed free of charge at 11am on 1 May on both the festival website and the a cappella YouTube channel, as can the concert introductions with the ensembles before each performance begins.

Tickets for the festival’s streamed concerts can be purchased via the a cappella website from 23 April. The respective programme and ensemble pages contain links to online ticket sales for each concert. Different types of tickets are available. In addition to single tickets, there are also family tickets for each concert (suitable for anyone watching the stream with someone else) and supporter tickets for those wishing to make an additional contribution to the festival’s future. There’s also a festival ticket that’s valid for all the livestream concerts, and which can be exclusively purchased by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and also here. All other online tickets are available from CTS Eventim. From Friday 23 April, links for online ticket purchases will be posted here on the homepage. After ordering tickets and paying for them, you’ll receive a code along with information explaining how you can watch the concert(s).


This year’s programme includes performances by the ensembles amarcord, Ringmasters, LaLeLu, German Gents, Cantoría and VOXID. As usual, the festival will kick off with an opening concert by amarcord on 30 April, and conclude with the joint final concert featuring all the groups appearing in Leipzig on 9 May. The concert by VOXID originally scheduled for 4 May has been postponed to 8 May, while LaLeLu will be giving two performances on 2 May as originally planned, for before their evening show, they’ll also be hosting a family concert in the afternoon which can be watched for free on the festival’s YouTube channel! And you don't need a ticket for the opening concert either: the amarcord concert will be broadcasted online on 30 April at ARTE Concert!


Unfortunately, the planned recitals by Ordinarius, Anúna and Musica Universalis can’t take place under the present circumstances. These ensembles, which have an international membership and have seen their activities curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic, are currently unable to travel, perform or even rehearse together. We’re just as disappointed about this as the artists are themselves. Luckily, they’ve all agreed to take part in the festival next year.


It’s also with a heavy heart that we’ve had to cancel the 2021 International a cappella Contest. The different conditions and rules facing the young ensembles make it impossible to prepare for and judge the competition fairly. Therefore, we intend to offer the hopeful entrants who’ve qualified for this year’s competition an opportunity to take part next year.



Photos: Sören Wurch