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Classical Lesbians
A capella music filled with energy and joy
 
We love to entertain you!
We would be delighted to welcome you to one of our concerts in Berlin or elsewhere.
We also sing at your cultural event! Please contact us.


Lesbians, go classical!

Lesbians who love to sing along with other enthusiastic lesbian singers are always very welcome.

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About us
We, the Classical Lesbians, are ca. 25 enthusiastic singers from Berlin who are united by their love of women and classical choir music. We are passionate about singing together and delight in our repertoire which includes madrigals, romantic songs as well as modern choir pieces. Why we are particularly fond of Early Music? Well, we’ve found that it often describes very accurately the ups and downs of lesbian love ;-) As regards the romantic period, we are particularly happy that our repertoire includes several pieces by Fanny Hensel, one of very few well-known women composers of the time. Ever since 1996, we have been meeting once a week to rehearse a-capella songs from Early Music to modern pieces. We enjoy the sound of our voices coming together and love to experiment with unusual harmonies.

But we are not just passionate about music, we also love to socialise! After choir practise on Friday nights we regularly go to a pub in Berlin-Kreuzberg where we refill our batteries with beer and French fries. Moreover, we retreat to North-Eastern Germany for our choir week-end once a year. Between forests and lakes we rehearse, eat, drink and sing by the fire site. Thus refreshed we return to Berlin where we organise a big concert every year. Twice we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming wonderful choirs we met at previous Various Voices festivals, i.e. Dissonant from Amsterdam in 2006 and Diversity from London in 2008. We even perform at a variety of charity concerts during the year, something which is very important to us. We also attend the German Lesbian Choir Festival “Lesbenfrauenchöretreffen” every year and are looking forward to visiting “Various Voices”. This is Europe’s largest Gay and Lesbian choral festival. The next Various Voices wiill be held in Munich in 2018!


Cutting a long story short
Looking back, a great many things have changed since we started singing together in 1996. Back then, we were a small group of women with unlimited enthusiasm though rather limited singing abilites. Since then our voices and repertoire have grown steadily as has the size of our choir. From 1997 until 2007 Anna Boehncke was our choir leader and with her the choir became an established part of the German lesbian choir scene. We even recorded our first CD. The recording process brought us close to despair, but when “My sweetest Lesbia” was published in 2004 we were very proud and happy.

Since 2008 Sibylle Fischer, a professional opera and oratorio singer, is our new choir leader. She studied singing, music teaching and choir conducting in Hanover and Hamburg and started her career as member of the company at the theatre in Aachen. She sings in a variety of productions and festivals across Germany and Europe. Since 2006 she has been conducting the Berlin Lesbian Choir “Spreediven”. And in 2008 she took on yet another challenge: working with us – the stubborn Classical Lesbians! With unbending enthusiasm, patience and repetition of the “Legato-Mantra” Sibylle gets us to sing ever higher and brighter notes.