October 22, 2013

Deutsche Bank and Berliner Philharmoniker celebrate 25-year partnership

Anniversary celebrations next year at the Kulturforum in Berlin – Presentation of new education project: “Vocal Heroes”

Jürgen Fitschen and Sir Simon Rattle emphasize social significance of partnership and look to future projectsDeutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker have enjoyed a close and vibrant partnership for 25 years. On 14 and 15 June 2014, the partners will celebrate the anniversary of their unique collaboration at the Kulturforum in Berlin. This year also sees the launch of “Vocal Heroes”, the new education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and Deutsche Bank.

Jürgen Fitschen, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank, and Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, spoke today in Berlin about their successful partnership and joint future projects.

Jürgen Fitschen said: “Our cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker is unique in two respects. There is no comparably exclusive or so long-standing partnership between an orchestra and a company in the world. It is also unique that we combine this support with innovative cultural education, something we intend to continue.”

Sir Simon Rattle added: “We are very grateful to Deutsche Bank for their generous support of our projects. We also look forward to its continuation.”

Jürgen Fitschen and Sir Simon Rattle emphasized the importance of social engagement in their partnership. In particular, they highlighted the significant intensification of their cooperation with the founding of the Education Programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2002 and the establishment of the Digital Concert Hall in 2009.

Jürgen Fitschen: “Deutsche Bank is convinced that everyone – regardless of their social or cultural background – has special skills that should be encouraged. An essential prerequisite for this is equality of opportunity and access to education. Both the education programme and the Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall do this.”

Sir Simon Rattle: “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. The “Vocal Heroes” are a great addition to the Philharmoniker family and we are all looking forward to our first steps together with the children and young people.”

The artistic direction of “Vocal Heroes” is in the hands of Simon Halsey, choirmaster of the Rundfunkchor Berlin. The goal is for amateurs and musicians from the orchestra to make music together. The first step will be to create “singing” spaces in the districts of Moabit, Hellersdorf and Schöneberg in Berlin, with a particular focus on disadvantaged children and young people. Here, the project will build on community and partnership contacts and local networks.

The first appearance of the “Vocal Heroes” will be as part of the celebrations at the Kulturforum when together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker, they will take part in a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.

The festival at the Kulturforum on 14 and 15 June 2014 is jointly organised by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the National Museums in Berlin, supported by Deutsche Bank.

In addition, Deutsche 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.

Press contacts:

Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation
Elisabeth Hilsdorf
Tel: +49 30 254 88 290
Email: e.hilsdorf@berliner-philharmoniker.de

Deutsche Bank AG
Dr. Klaus Winker
Tel: +49 69 910 32249
Email: klaus.winker@db.com
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