The Radio Choir of the SWR is one of the world’s renowned vocal ensembles. For seventy years the ensemble has focussed on exemplary performances and the development of the vocal music with passion and the highest singing competence. The choir’s sound and the enormous vocal and stylistic flexibility of the singers are unique and not only fascinate the audience, but also contemporary composers. Since 1946 the SWR has commissioned several compositions for his choir. The ensemble premiered more than 250 choral works, often making the impossible possible and the unthinkable conceivable. In addition to contemporary music, the SWR vocal ensemble is particularly devoted to the demanding choral works of Romanticism and Classical Modernism.
Marcus Creed has been the artistic director since 2003. Under his direction, the SWR vocal ensemble was awarded several times for his chamber music-like interpretations, including four times with the ECHO Klassik.
The choir’s passion for new vocal music is also a remarkable part of the choir’s academy, school projects as well as children’s and youth concerts. Several awards for the quality of their educational projects include the “Junge-Ohren-Preis”, the “ECHO Klassik für Kinder” and the “Leopold” media award.