In 1983, the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw was founded by Hans-Jörg Kalmbach. The name 'Aurelius' was choosen in remembrance of the first patron of the Hirsau monastery, which over the centuries inspired cultural and spiritual life in Western Europe. Spiritual and contemporary choir music is sung by the Aurelius Sängerknaben. In 2001 Johannes Sorg became the new director of music, continuing the educational and choir tradition as established in the early years. In 2002 he and his Aurelius Sängerknaben received the honour of the Bruno-Frey-Preis and he achieved first prize at the "German Choir Contest" at Osnabrück with his men's ensemble. Today the boy choir has an excellent reputation far beyond the borders of Germany.
An intensive education of solo parts is an essential part of their education. Since 1987 the boys have sung solo parts on national and international stages and operas, predominantly the part of the "three boys" in W. A. Mozarts "The magic flute". Important engagements were, among others, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the opera at Frankfurt, the Württembergische Staatstheater Stuttgart, the opera at Bonn, the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Badische Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Furthermore the solists of the Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw were engaged at the Ludwigsburger Festspielen, the Mozartfesten Würzburg as well as at the operas of Strassbourg, Nice and Toulouse, Lisbon, Madrid, Edinburgh and Graz. Top solo parts were covered by solists of the Aurelius Sängerknaben in operas (i.e. in Brittens "Turn of the Screw" and "A Midsummernight's Dream", Weills "Ja-Sager") and in concerts (i.e. Händels "Messiah", Mendelssohns "Elias", Eötvös "Altlantis").
The cooperation with famous conductors and orchestras became more important over the last decade. The Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw performed among others with the Wiener Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado, with the Bamberger Symphony under Herbert Blomstedt. Successful performances were also achieved with the orchestra of the Ludwigsburger Festspiele under Wolfgang Gönnenwein, the SWR-Sinfonie-Orchester Baden-Baden/Freiburg under the lead of Michael Gielen as well as with the Chicago-Symphonie-Orchestra under Pierre Boulez.
A highlight in the history of the Aurelius Sängerknaben was in 2003 the self-produced opera "Pollicino" by Hans Werner Henze as part of the Hirsauer Klosterspiele. A DVD was produced of this significant event.
Aurelius Sängerknaben, Calw (71 minutes) Musical not just for children.
It begins with a symphony of meows, the children have their faces painted with cat whiskers, and have a tail. There are both girls & boys in this production.