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Regensburger Domspatzen

German postage stamp, 2003

The Regensburger Domspatzen (Regensburg Cathedral Choir) is the official choir for the liturgical music at St Peter's Cathedral in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany. The choir consists of boys and young men only.


  • History and organization 1
  • Sexual abuse scandals 2
  • Recordings 3
  • Performances 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History and organization

The Domspatzen, literally "Cathedral Sparrows", trace their origins back to the year 975 when bishop Georg Ratzinger (Domkapellmeister 1964-1994).

Schrems laid the foundations that enabled the choir’s success by giving the Domspatzen their current institutional makeup: a boarding school for boys aged 10–19, a private secondary school with emphasis on musical education, and the choir at the center of the structure. In this way the boys can practise singing together and learn under the same roof, which allows for greater efficiency and thus also helps to avoid exhaustion of the students. Ratzinger oversaw the choir becoming a stable concert presence and consolidated and enhanced its quality.

Since 1994 Roland Büchner has been Domkapellmeister; after centuries the first layman to hold the position. He has so far continued the choir's success story.

Sexual abuse scandals

In the wake of

  • Official website
  • YouTube recording of the choir singing 'Sleep my prince' Schlafe, mein Prinzchen, schlaf ein

External links

  1. ^ RTF article, in French, in German
  2. ^ RP, in German
  3. ^ Frankfurter Allgemeine, 2014 (in German)


The choir performed in honor of Holy Week constitute the prime event of the liturgical, and thus also the musical year.


The choir has made numerous recordings (e.g. G. F. Handel: Messiah) and concert tours throughout the world (among others to the USA, Scandinavia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Ireland, Poland, Hungary and the Vatican; and a tour through Germany every year).



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