Berliner Kneipenchor

In early 2011, Mathias Hielscher, former bass player of the German band Virginia Jetzt!, started the Berliner Kneipenchor, following the example of the British pub choires: A group of people, who regularly come together to sing some songs, have a beer or two, and enjoy themselves.

By now the Berliner Kneipenchor counts about 30 girls and boys at the ages between 19 and 30, most of them are working in the media business in Berlin. You can hear that these young folks are no professional singers but that it’s not what they demand to be. It’s more about sharing a massive love for singing and being part of a very special, small family. Their repertoire varies from pop songs like “Männer” by Herbert Grönemeyer, “Lisztomania” by Phoenix or “Blister In The Sun” by Violent Femmes, presented in polyphonic interpretations, some of them with an electronic beat in the background. Several times a year, they enter the stages of pubs, clubs and bars all over the German capital, such as Schokoladen or White Trash – the darker and smokier the better.

We met the Berliner Kneipenchor at Michelberger Hotel in Berlin-Friedrichshain, where they get together every Tuesday night for their rehearsals.