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The Choirs at the Long Night of Singing

Hamburg’s choirs take over the Elbphilharmonie – we visited a few of them before the big night.

At the »Long Night of Singing« 34 of Hamburg’s amateur choirs filled every corner of the Elbphilharmonie with their voices. A varied vocal programme could be heard on no less than six stages – in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall, in the foyers, on the Plaza and outside on the forecourt. With a repertoire that ranged from pop, classical and sacred music to jazz and hearty shanties, the local singers not only entertained audiences of all ages but also encouraged them to sing along until late into the night.

HHLA Shanty Choir

The oldest (and strikingly male) group to perform on this evening was the HHLA Shanty Choir, originally founded by Hamburg dock workers in the early 1980s. The »Jungs vun de Logerhus« not only shared their tradecraft but also their love of sea shanties and their home city of Hamburg.


The Cantaloop Choir is made up of around 50 enthusiastic singers who feel right at home between the two pillars of »choir« and »a cappella ensemble«. They have been active since spring 2009, giving polished vocal performances of well-known and underrated pop songs with their unmistakeable sound.

Medical Voices

They don’t just sing for themselves but also for their patients: the Medical Voices Choir is made up mostly of staff from the Boberg Accident and Emergency Hospital. Originally formed from a gospel workshop, the hundred avid singers, currently under Sören Schröder’s leadership, have been sharing their love of gospel, rock and pop music with their patients since 2011. They also seek to promote early musical education in kindergartens and organise concert visits for the elderly.

Chorus Virus Wahnsinn

»Everyone is different, but in a way that makes us a united team.« The Lebenshilfe Hamburg choir led by Swantje Paulus allows everyone to be – and to sing – as they are.

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