Dresden’s renowned boys’ choir appoints new cantor
Martin Lehmann was chosen a new cantor of Dresdner Kreuzchor, one of the oldest and most famous boys’ choirs in the world. Mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert welcomed the 48-year musician and wished him best of luck with his new role.
Mayor Dirk Hilbert stated on social media: “Today, the appointed Kreuzkantor Martin Lehmann signed his service contract in the New City Hall. I wish him a good start and I am excited about the new season”.
Lehmann was born in the town of Malchin in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. He completed his musical education with Dresdner Kreuzchor. Since 2012, Lehmann has served as a director of Bavaria’s Windsbacher Knabenchor.
According to Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Lehmann will take on the new position in September this year, succeeding Roderich Kreile who is set to retire from the function this summer after more than 25 years. Lehmann previously prevailed against two other rivals in the nomination process for the position of Kreuzkantor.
The origins of the world-famous Dresdner Kreuzchor can be traced back to the early 13th century, when the city of Dresden was first mentioned. Dresden’s oldest and most critically renowned cultural organization also serves as one of the city’s most visible ambassadors abroad, especially during its regular worldwide tours. The choir’s repertoire spans early Baroque, early 19th century, and contemporary works.
“Our Dresdner Kreuzchor is one of the city’s most important brands. Every concert – whether in Dresden, in Germany or anywhere in the world – carries positive messages into people’s hearts and has a lasting effect,” mayor Hilbert further stated.
“Culture is not a bonus. It is vital. We feel this painfully, especially these days. We will make sure that this renowned choir experiences an optimal change of the Kreuzkantor,” mayor of Dresden Dirk Hilbert concluded. (photo: wikimedia)