World famous: the Regensburger Domspatzen catholic boys' choir
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New times begin with the world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen: more than 1000 years after the choir was founded, there will also be a girls' choir under the roof of the Domspatzen.
In the future, girls are to be taught in the grammar school, in the course of which "the Regensburg Cathedral Music will also receive a girls' choir," it said.
The Catholic boys' choir, which is considered the oldest in the world, remains unchanged.
Cathedral Kapellmeister Christian Heiss had already indicated the new direction almost two years ago when he took up his post. At the time, the Domspatzen had made it clear that it was not about letting girls sing along with the boys. "As a boys' choir, the Regensburger Domspatzen remain the cathedral choir," he emphasized again.
The innovations are to be implemented for the school year after next 2022/23. Then the first girls should come to the Domspatzen school. The choir may thus prevent complaints like the one from Berlin: There a mother wanted to have her daughter admitted to the state and cathedral choir. "A clarinet cannot play in a string quartet," was the reason for the rejection by the Berlin University of the Arts. The mother then sued for discrimination, but lost before the Higher Administrative Court.
The Domspatzen can look back on almost 1050 years of history.
The year 975 is given as the founding date, when the Regensburg bishop Wolfgang established a cathedral school.
"One of the most important tasks of her students was the liturgical organization of the services in the cathedral church", describes the diocese of Regensburg the history.
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