Germans relax chorus rules

Germans relax chorus rules


norman lebrecht

June 16, 2020

Four German states – Rhineland-Palatinate, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland – are starting to permit choral singing from next week.

All insist on three metres distance between singers and two of the states are limiting chorus size to ten.

All singers will be on test-and-trace and the rooms must be well aired.

Still, it’s a start.


  • Gustavo says:

    Works for the King’s Singers.

  • Albert Horne says:

    In Wiesbaden, we‘ve been having Opera Chorus rehearsals since 20 May – in large rooms with 3 metres distance between singers (on all sides), and it has been working really well. We had to get used to the distance (a new way of listening to each other), but the main focus has been on learning new repertoire together. Musical work like voice balancing, etc. has to wait until everything is back to “normal” again – but at least we‘ve been trying to make the best of a strange and frustrating situation…

  • V.Lind says:

    Ten singers can make a pleasant sound but I really do not consider ten a “choir.”

  • Nicht Schleppend says:

    Do we know if all these choruses are professional, or does this news also relate to amateur groups?

  • If it’s possible to do that there’s no reason to prevent all the spectators of the concerts hall to occupy all the seats, if they have a protection for the face.

  • John says:

    Can you give me the source of this info? I can’t find it anywhere. Thank you.