The Berliner Philharmoniker and Deutsche Bank have now enjoyed a close partnership for 25 years. On 14 and 15 June 2014, they will celebrate this landmark anniversary at the Kulturforum in Berlin, as chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank announced at a press conference. The celebrations will also include the first appearance of the “vocal heroes”, the singers of the new choral project launched by the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker with the support of Deutsche Bank
. “After ten years, there is now another addition to our education programme. Everyone should be able to participate, so we are focussing on singing as the most fundamental form of musical expression,” explained Simon Rattle, who at the same time thanked the Deutsche Bank for their commitment. The artistic direction of the “vocal heroes” is in the hands of Simon Halsey, choirmaster of the Berliner Rundfunkchor. The aim is for amateurs and musicians from the orchestra to make music together. In the districts of Moabit, Hellersdorf und Schöneberg, “singing spaces” will be created which should also make it easy for disadvantaged children and young people to join the “vocal heroes”. “Deutsche Bank is convinced that everyone – regardless of their social or cultural background – has special skills that should be encouraged,” said Jürgen Fitschen.
He and Sir Simon Rattle emphasized the importance of social engagement in their partnership. The 25-year partnership intensified with the founding of the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002, and the establishment of the Digital Concert Hall in 2009. In addition, the Bank will accompany the Berliner Philharmoniker on their concert tours both at home and abroad, and present the season-opening concert in Berlin every year.