SWR Vokalensemble

The SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart ( "VE ") is a radio choir of SWR.


The choir was founded in 1946, as the broadcasters had to make the whole music program with their own orchestras, given the few available records. The choir of the U.S. radio station Radio Stuttgart consisted initially of thirteen singers of the Empire Linz Bruckner Choir and was called the Chamber Choir of Radio Stuttgart. His repertoire included sacred music, folk songs, operas, operettas and recordings for radio plays; it but also live concerts were given. In the Donaueschingen Music Days " Birth Of Peace " by Hugo Herrmann (musician ) was premiered in 1947.

The choir changed its name several times: since 1949, he was named Choir of South German Radio, from 1959 Südfunk Choir and from 1992 Südfunk Choir Stuttgart. With the merger of the South German Radio and Südwestfunk in 1998, the choir received its present name SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart.

The ensemble today

The ensemble consists of 36 regular singers. The repertoire ranges from classic modern to more challenging works of contemporary music. The choir collaborates with domestic and foreign orchestras, especially with the orchestras of the SWR, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden -Baden and Freiburg. In many works have been premiered by the ensemble, often commissions. His performances are usually sent as a live recording in SWR2. Many are also available as an audio CD on the label of the transmitter. In the studio productions the a capella repertoire is in the foreground.


Principal Conductor of the SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart since 2003, Marcus Creed.

The choir gave over the years concerts with conductors ( the participating orchestra) such as Roger Norrington, Sylvain Cambreling, Ingo Metzmacher, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gielen, Pierre Boulez, John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Neville Marriner, Karl Heinz Stockhausen, Rupert Huber and Sir Georg Solti.

Youth work

The youth work of the ensemble is operated under the title "VE Young Classix ". The choir members visit schools to present their repertoire to children and adolescents. Let them take part in the rehearsals and sing with them. Objective is the promotion of vocal music among young people.


The work of the vocal ensemble has received numerous awards, repeated with the Prize of the German Record Critics' Award and the ECHO Klassik. In 2011, the vocal ensemble was awarded the European choir price.

Friends of

The association of the vocal ensemble friends and supporters of the SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart eV was founded in Stuttgart in 2004 and pursued as a charitable organization in particular the purpose of promoting domestic and foreign performances of the ensemble. For this purpose, membership fees and donations will be taken. The association is repeatedly publishes an annual newsletter for its members.