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Elbphilharmonie Ensembles

A concert hall for everyone – this is the principle upon which the Elbphilharmonie is based, and a motto that it takes quite literally. For the first time ever, a concert hall has founded five orchestras and ensembles for dedicated non-professionals at the same time. The Elbphilharmonie is what you make of it!

Join in!

With the newly founded Elbphilharmonie ensembles, it is not the stars of the music world who are sitting on the stage of the Grand Hall or the Recital Hall – it is Hamburg residents like you and me. For young and old, with or without previous musical knowledge – with different cultural backgrounds and up to three generations of people have an opportunity to come together and make music with enthusiasm and zeal in a variety of line-ups. Take part in shaping the Elbphilharmonie.

Information and Registration

phone: +49 40 357 666 336 (Mon-Fri / 12:00-15:00)

Kreativorchester / Creative Orchestra

All beginnings are easy. Even the people who have not yet mastered an instrument or do not have time to play every week are invited to join the Kreativorchester (Creative Orchestra) and draw on a wide range of experience. Here, no limits are set on your imagination and creativity: different methods of improvisation, pattern- and groove-based music, using one's own body and kitchen utensils as musical instruments, and, of course, classical instruments are tested and developed.

Annika Schmitz, an Elbphilharmonie music educator, is the artistic director of the orchestra and guests from a variety of genres are frequently invited to join the rehearsals. Participants decide if a final concert will take place.

Rehearsal day & time: Thursdays, 18:00–20:00
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 14 September 2017
First spring rehearsal: 12 April 2018

Kindly funded by the Lions Club Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

Chor zur Welt / World Choir

Founded as a project choir for young people from Germany and Syria as part of the »Salām Syria« festival, the Elbphilharmonie’s Chor zur Welt (World Choir) continues into the next season and invites singing enthusiasts from all countries and backgrounds to join in.

Although Arabic folk music remains an important element of the repertoire, the programme will be continually developed and elaborated.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 16:30–18:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 25 September 2017
First spring rehearsal: 26 March 2018

Project Choir »Salām Syria«

Registration no longer possible

Free participation

Long Night of Singing

Singing makes you happy! Scientists proved that a long time ago. And since happiness shared is happiness doubled, the Elbphilharmonie is inviting choirs from Hamburg and the surrounding region to another »Long Night of Singing« in 2018, after a successful first edition.

Whether it is gospel, jazz or motet – all styles and forms of music are welcome at the »Long Night of Singing«.

At the »Long Night of Singing« the evening begins with music in front of the Elbphilharmonie, followed by choral singing in the Recital Hall, in the foyers, on the Plaza and finally with a sea of voices, formed of both choir and audience members, in the Grand Hall.

The following jury will select the participating choirs: Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General & Artistic Director Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle; Anke Fischer, Head of Education Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle; Professor Dr Christoph Schönherr, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg; Professor Gudrun Schröfel, Mädchenchor Hannover; Doris Vetter, Chorverband Hamburg e.V.; Hans-Jürgen Wulf, National Church Music Director of the Nordkirche. Frieder Bernius from the Kammerchor Stuttgart assumes the role of music director.

Warm-Up / Long Night of Singing

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Free participation

Publikumsorchester / Audience Orchestra

In the Publikumsorchester, dedicated non-professionals of all ages come together to share their love for music. The requirements for participation include an intermediate level of playing, confidence in reading music and some orchestral experience.

The orchestra performs twice a year in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall. Michael Petermann, the Director of the Hamburger Konservatorium, conducts the orchestra.

Rehearsal day & time: Wednesdays, 19:15–21:45
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 6 September 2017
First spring rehearsal: 7 February 2018

In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium
Supported by Aurubis AG

Audience Orchestra

Registration no longer possible

Participation fee: €10.00 per month

Familienorchester / Family Orchestra

The Familienorchester (Family Orchestra) brings generations together: children, paretns, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Music is made once a week with one another – each as best he can.

An equally warm welcome awaits if you come by yourself – fun comes first in the Familienorchester. Here, too, there are weekly rehearsals for a concert in the Elbphilharmonie Recital Hall, but the pieces are specially arranged so that beginners can also join in. Christine Philippsen from the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg is the Artistic Director of the Familienorchester.

Rehearsal day & time: Tuesdays, 18:00–19:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 5 September 2017
First spring rehearsal: 13 February 2018

In cooperation with the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg

Family Orchestra



Participation fee: €10.00 per month

Gamelan Ensemble

With the Gamelan Ensemble, the Elbphilharmonie brings south-eastern Asia to Hamburg. Invented on the islands of Java and Bali, the exotic sounds of the gongs and drums continue to captivate Western ears to this day. Under the professional guidance of the experienced musician Steven Tanoto, participants learn how to play these traditional Asian instruments.

Rehearsal day & time: Mondays, 18:00–20:30
Rehearsal venue: Elbphilharmonie Kaistudio
First autumn rehearsal: 11 September 2017
First spring rehearsal: 5 February 2018

Gamelan Ensemble

Registration no longer possible

Participation fee: €10.00 per month