St. Thomas Boys Choir
Thomanerchor The St. Thomas Boys Choir, whose history dates back to the year 1212, is the oldest cultural establishment of the city of Leipzig. Outliving all political, municipal, religious, and educational controversy, 800 years musica sacra has shaped the choir's past.
Through the influence of the many St. Thomas Cantors, including the most famous-Johann Sebastian Bach (Thomas Cantor 1723-1750)-the city of Leipzig and the St. Thomas Church became the center of Protestant church music. The St. Thomas Church is home to the Boys Choir. A choir rich in tradition, they are committed to continue his musical legacy.
Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller The present St. Thomas Cantor, Georg Christoph Biller, is the 36th Cantor of the St. Thomas Church and the 16th Cantor succeeding Johann Sebastian Bach. Like his predecessors, he has continued the tradition of church music; whereas his emphasis is on the liturgical composition of motets and concerts. The weekly motets on Fridays and Saturdays are a permanent musical tradition. In 1992, Cantor Biller began to perform with the St. Thomas Choir and the Gewandhaus Orchestra the complete Bach-Cantata sequence in chronological order according to the Sundays of the church year.
The Bach Passion concerts and the Christmas Oratorio draw thousands of visitors to the St. Thomas Church.