Sparkling eyes, good spirits and a large silver tuning fork – the Vocal Heroes and their artistic director Johannes David Wolff received the Opus Klassik award in the category of promoting young talent at a gala event in the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday.
In the Vocal Heroes choir programme, more than 300 Berlin children and young people sing every week at locations in Hellersdorf, Moabit and Schöneberg as well as at schools in the Märkisches Viertel and Gropiusstadt. Fun in making music together is the motto – regardless of origin, mother tongue, physical ability or financial means. Founded ten years ago by Sir Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey on the initiative of the Berliner Philharmoniker, it has been run as a non-profit association since 2021.
This season, the vocal heroes will appear at two sing-along concerts at the Philharmonie Berlin as well as in the performance of Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher with the Berliner Philharmoniker, and the world premiere of over and over vorbei nicht vorbei – documentary music theatre by Ted Hearne and Daniel Fish as part of the “Schall & Rausch” festival at the Komische Oper Berlin.
The Opus Klassik is an award for classical music in Germany. The promotion of classical music and in particular the honouring of its artists is the goal of the Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik e. V., the organiser of the classical music prize.