Vokal Ensemble München perform at Wymondham Abbey
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
Wymondham Abbey hosted a lunchtime concert by the Vokal Ensemble München (Munich Vocal Ensemble).
The vocal group of around 25 singers, conducted by Viktor Töpelmann and founded in 1992, performed a range of German Lutheran pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries, including compositions by Hans Leo Hassler, Johann Hermann Schein and Heinrich Schütz.
The German ensemble's performance was part of a UK tour marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Accordingly, the concert at the abbey also paid tribute to the writings and ideas of Martin Luther - who is widley credited with instigating the Reformation with the publication of the 95 Theses in 1517.
The choir's founder and original conductor, Martin Zöbeley, was also an evangelical pastor, hence the group's focus on sacred songs.
The tour has been supported by the German cultural council, the Goethe Institut.