Are you looking for a choir?

Why not come along and get to know us? We cordially invite you to join one of our rehearsals. The Hamburg Oratorio Choir is happy to welcome ...

... new members of all voice types ...

... in its choirs in Altona and Barmbek.
At the moment only alto and male voices are preferred accepted in its choir in Bergedorf.
Are you able to read music and have experience in singing in a choir? Then our choir is the right place for you. Feel free to contact us if you would like to know more: Image



The Hamburg Oratorio Choir consists of three choirs with about 160 active male and female singers. They are independent units for organisational reasons and they rehearse separately but appear on stage all together:


Brahms-Chor Bergedorf e.V.
Hamburger Oratorienchor Altona e.V.
Hamburger Oratorienchor Barmbek
Conductor: Thekla Jonathal

Every spring the choirs jointly sing a main concert in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. We mainly perform works of the classical choral repertoire accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Hamburg (Hamburger Symphoniker) almost every time. Additionally, we sing a summer concert of mostly sacral music every year. This concert comprises a cappella pieces often accompanied by grand piano or organ.


The history of the three choirs is different and eventful. However, they have Hellmut Wormsbächer in common, who was their very successful chorus master for many years. In 1968 the choirs got together and founded the association "Hamburger Oratorienchor" (Hamburg Oratorio Choir). Since 1998 Thekla Jonathal has been in charge of the Hamburg Oratorio Choir.


In the course of time the three choirs have constantly grown together in artistic and personal ways still remaining independent organisational units. Thekla Jonathal essentially contributes to a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere during our weekly choir practices. Her outstanding professionalism and great commitment ensures this relaxing mood. Furthermore she knows how to train the voice intensively and at the same time rehearses the scor in a comprehensible way. Also, Thekla gives detailed explanations on the pieces, their composers and their musical particularities so that the singers can understand the musical score better. Specific features of the particular compositions and their difficulties are made transparent and accessible so that you find it easy to sing them.


Should you have a nice voice, be musical, be able to read music and be willing to come to rehearsals regularly, you are most welcome to join us. Simply come to any of our choirs for some non-binding introductory rehearsals. You will find time and venue on this website. We would be very happy to meet you soon!