The Hamburger Liedertafel of 1823 is the oldest choir for men in Hamburg. Albert Methfessel founded the Hamburger Liedertafel and composed the Hamburg Hymn “City of Hamburg on the Elbe meadows”. We are in contact with partner choirs in Germany and in other countries, who we regularly visit or receive as guests. Our last concert trips took us to our partner-cities of Marseilles and Prague, as well as to Schorndorf in Württemberg. Not only our mutual singing at rehearsals and at performances unites us as a choir, but also our get-togethers after the rehearsals or at festivities and during our choir-trips.
In the tower of St. Katharine’s Cathedral
Telephone: +49 (0)5567574
Our repertoire ranges from folksongs, spirituals, opera choruses, hymns, songs in other languages, to Nether German ditties and sailor’s shanties.
The Director of our choir is Gunter Wolf, a very experienced conductor, who studied music in Dresden and worked as Choir Director in Saxony. Due to his good humour, musicality and precision, the rehearsals are great fun. Although the Liedertafel is a choir for men only, our wives and supporting non-singing members are included in all our activities and participate in all our events and trips. Our journeys foster friendship through our joint experiences. This can also be said of our annual festivities, especially the traditional New Year’s Party and carp dinner.
In May 1996 the Liedertafel received a prize of recognition (Bürgerpreis) in the Hamburg City Hall. The jury praised the choir as “a traditional institution of the Free Hanse City of Hamburg, promoting the European mission” and as “an example of living tradition”. The Hamburger Liedertafel of 1823 holds the “Zelter Emblem” an award endowed by Theodor Heuss for choirs which have earned special merit in promoting choir music.
On 26th Ocober 1997 the Hamburger Liedertafel participated in the festivities on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the City Hall. A century before our choir sang at the laying ceremony of the first foundation-stone! In 1998 we celebrated the 175th Anniversary of our choir. One of the highlights was a concert in the vestibule of the Hamburg City Hall on 17th April, at which our partner choirs from France and Czechoslovakia also participated.