MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS GERMAN VOCAL QUINTET, CALMUS ENSEMBLE ON NATIONWIDE TOUR FROM 5-14 APRIL

06 April 2011

Music Network presents the five scintillating and soulful voices of Calmus Ensemble, who have wowed audiences for over ten years with their unique style of a capella singing. They will be performing a varied programme including works by Bach, Purcell and Brahms in Dublin, Tralee, Portlaoise, Newbridge, Kilkenny, Wexford, Castlebar, Inishowen and Castleblayney. For full tour details see www.musicnetwork.ie or tel. (01) 6719429. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council.

Over the years, Calmus Ensemble has built its reputation as clear-voiced, perfectly balanced a capella ensemble. Originally formed by five graduates of the St. Thomas Boys‘ Choir, Leipzig, the glittering soprano voice of Anja Lipfert was added in 2001 in order to expand the group’s repertoire, which now encompasses everything from Gregorian chants, Irish airs, jazz and folk songs to the music of Palestrina, Bach and Debussy. Acclaimed for its flawless intonation and extraordinary harmonic amalgam, this award-winning ensemble has toured extensively in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Finland, Austria, Spain, Portugal and North and South America. As well as performing alongside the likes of the King’s Singers and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, the group has taken part in many major festivals such as the Bach Festival in Leipzig.  

A former member of the MDR Children’s Choir, soprano Anja Lipfert joined Calmus Ensemble in 2001. In 2003 she was among the prize winners of the national competition Jugend Musiziert and in the same year began vocal studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelsohn Bartholdy in Leipzig as pupil of Adelheid Vogel, where she received her diploma in January 2010. As well as her work with Calmus Ensemble, Anja regularly performs as a solo singer in oratorio and cantata concerts throughout Germany. Her repertoire is particularly focused on the works of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries.

Sebastian Krause was born in Halle/Saale. Since he was a child of two musicians, singing played an important part in his childhood. At the age of 9 he became a member of the Thomanerchor where he sang until 1998 before going on to co-found the Calmus Ensemble in 1999. A former pupil of Jörn Sakuth, Sebastian was also a member of the Sächsisches Vokalensemble under Matthias Jung.

The tenor Tobias Pöche has been with Calmus Ensemble since 2006. A former member of the Kreuzchor Dresden, he studied singing with Kammersänger Rudolf Riemer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. He as peformed with the MDR Radiochoir Leipzig, the NDR Radiochoir Hamburg, the RIAS-Chamberchoir Berlin, Ensemble Lyrique and the Händel Festival Choir, Halle. As soloist, choir and ensemble singer his diverse field of activity has taken Tobias to all parts of Germany, of Europe and to North and South America.

Baritone Ludwig Böhme is a singer, conductor, lecturer and arranger of vocal music. He studied choral conducting with Georg Christoph Biller at the Academy for Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Until 2002 he worked as the assistant of the Director of Music of St Thomas’s and was one of the founders of Calmus Ensemble. When he is not busy with the group, he works as conductor of the Leipzig chamber choir “Josquin des Préz”. Ludwig leads workshops for vocal ensembles and choirs and teaches conducting at the Protestant Academy for Church Music in Halle/Saale.  

Originally from Munich, bass Joe Roesler grew up in and around Hamburg, becoming involved with music rather late in life (starting out as a trombone player in a big-band). His singing career began in various semi-professional and professional choirs and ensembles including the Chamber Choir of Europe, the Chorwerk Ruhr, the Kammerchor Stuttgart, Kalliope (a mixed quartet based in Hamburg), male quartet The Sandmen, professional ensemble The Lords of the Chords and various other small groups.

On Tour: Tuesday 5th April DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8pm), Wednesday 6th April TRALEE (Siamsa Tíre, 8pm), Thursday 7th April PORTLAOISE (Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8pm), Friday 8th April NEWBRIDGE (Riverbank Arts Centre, 8pm), Saturday 9th April KILKENNY (Black Abbey, 8pm), Sunday 10th April WEXFORD (St.Iberius Church, 3.30pm), Monday 11th April CASTLEBAR (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8pm), Wednesday 13th April INISHOWEN (Greenbank Hall, 8pm), Thursday 14th April CASTLEBLAYNEY (Iontas Theatre, 8pm)

Full tour details here