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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 several orchestras and ensembles for dedicated non-professionals at the same time. The Elbphilharmonie is what you make of it!

The Ensembles

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 normal Hamburg residents like you and me. Under expert guidance, this is an opportunity to make music in a variety of line-ups and at different levels of skill, but always with enthusiasm and zeal ‒ from spontaneous improv sessions to the full-size symphony orchestra.

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

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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 the first-ever »Long Night of Singing«. The Elbphilharmonie is to be transformed into a sea of voices until the clock strikes midnight. Whether it is gospel, jazz or motet – all styles and forms of music are welcome at the »Long Night of Singing«.

The Long Night of Singing is made up of two parts. In »Sing Along«, the grand finale of the Long Night of Singing, everyone has a change to join in, whether choir or audience member!

Long Night of Singing / Part 1

The first part (18:00-20:30) takes the audience up through the Elbphilharmonie: the first notes can be heard in front of the Elbphilharmonie, and then the choral singing continues in the Recital Hall, the foyers and on the Plaza.

Long Night of Singing / Part 2

In the second half of the Long Night of Singing (21:00-00:00), the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall is transformed into a sea of voices. Church choirs take the stage first and classical choirs follow. A mass choir performance led by conductor Simon Hasley, in which all choirs join forces to perform a piece of music together, concludes Part 2.

Long Night of Song

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Terry Riley's »In C«

»In C« is not a typo, it is a piece of music by the American composer Terry Riley. It is regarded as one of the earliest works of minimal music – a style developed in the United States in the 1960s that is based on the repetition of simple musical components. It is relatively easy to perform because it mainly consists of a C major chord, and Riley makes no specification as to the type or size of the orchestra. This mammoth performance of »In C« under the baton of young British conductor Duncan Ward is awarded a prime position on the final day of the »Maximal minimal« festival and everyone who is able to read music is invited to take part!

More about the »Maximal minimal« festival
Maximal Minimal

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Kreativorchester / Creative Orchestra

Even the people who have not yet mastered an instrument or do not have time to play every week should be able to join an orchestra – that was the idea behind the founding of the Kreativorchester (Creative Orchestra), where no limits are set on your imagination and creativity. Depending on the interests, abilities and number of members, participants can set up a hip-hop combo, a percussion ensemble, a musical improv theatre or a Dadaistic band.

Creative Orchestra

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»Salām Syria« Project Choir

Syria meets Hamburg: as part of the »Salām Syria« festival, the Elbphilharmonie has organised a project choir for young people from Germany and Syria. For half a year, participating singers will immerse themselves in Arabic folk music. Highlight of the project: a collaborative concert alongside the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall!

In cooperation with the Morgenlandfestival Osnabrück.

Project Choir »Salām Syria«

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    Familienorchester / Family Orchestra

    Music unites – all the more so when you are playing in an orchestra with your family and friends. An equally warm welcome awaits if you come by yourself – fun comes first in the Familienorchester (Family Orchestra). 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.

    In cooperation with the Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg

    Family Orchestra

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    Publikumsorchester / Audience Orchestra

    An opportunity to perform in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall: in the Publikumsorchester, dedicated non-professionals of all ages come together to share their love for music. The orchestra performs twice a year in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall, with the first concert on 2 July 2017. Michael Petermann, the Co-Director of the Hamburger Konservatorium, conducts the orchestra.

    In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium
    With the support of Aurubis AG

    Audience Orchestra

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    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 Maharsi Maharsi, participants learn how to play these traditional Asian instruments.

    In cooperation with the General Consulate of the Republic of Indonesia

    Gamelan Ensemble

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