SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

Marcus Creed, conductor

01. - 18.08.2018 (selection)
"Best of Marcus Creed" programme:

Hear My Prayer O Lord

Henry Purcell/ Sven-David Sandström: Hear My Prayer O Lord                                                                             

Martin Smolka: New piece for choir A cappella on texts by Shakespeare/Silesius/Zwetaewa                                         

Francis Poulenc: Mass in G                                  

Sofia Gubaidulina: Hommage a Marina Zwetaewa    

Following repertoire is possible upon request:

Enno Poppe: New piece for choir A cappella                                                                

Robert Schumann: 4 Songs for double chorus op. 141                                                         

Gustav Mahler/Clytus Gottwald: Urlicht (4th movement from Symphony No. 2), Im Abendrot (Adagietto from Symphony No. 5), Die zwei blauen Augen (from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen), Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen                 

SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart

The SWR Vokalensemble is one of the top international ensembles for contemporary music. For many years, the chamber choir has dedicated itself to the exemplary performance and development of vocal music with passion and supreme vocal competence. The instrumental sound culture and the enormous vocal and stylistic flexibility of the singers are unique and fascinate not only the audience in the international concert halls, but also the composers.

Since many years, the ensemble has awarded several commissions to the choir each year. The SWR Vokalensemble has premiered more than 250 new choral works, often making the impossible possible and making the unthinkable conceivable. In addition to contemporary music, the SWR Vocal Ensemble is dedicated above all to the demanding choral works of Romanticism and Classical Modernism.

Since 2003, Marcus Creed has been Artistic Director of the SWR Vokalensemble. Under his leadership, the choir has received numerous awards for its chamber music interpretation culture and stylistically confident interpretations, including four times with the ECHO Klassik.

His passion for New Vocal Music is passed on to the choir in his academy, his sponsored choir and school projects as well as specially designed children's and youth concerts. For the quality of his music mediation work, it has received several awards, i.a. with the "Young Ears Prize", the "ECHO Klassik für Kinder" and the "Leopold" media award.

The SWR Vokalensemble mostly performs in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, the ensemble is also a guest at renowned festivals and on international concert stages.

Season 2018/19

Marcus Creed conductor

The British conductor Marcus Creed is one of the most renowned conductors in the international choral scene. Stations along his way have been the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hochschule der Künste as well as the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Scharoun Ensemble. In 1987 he was appointed Artistic Director of the RIAS Kammerchor, which won numerous international awards under his direction. In 1998, he accepted a call to take up the position of professor of conducting at the Musikhochschule in Köln.

Since 2003, Marcus Creed has been the Artistic Director of the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, where he is particularly eager to realize outstanding compositions of the recent past, including works by Luigi Nono, György Kurtág, Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger. Since 2014 Marcus Creed is also Chief Conductor of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

Marcus Creed is a regular guest at major international chamber choirs and also performs with special ensembles of Early Music and New Music. His CD releases have received international accolades for their stylistic and sound-sensitive interpretations, including the German Record Critics' Award, the Edison Award, the Diapason d'Or, the Cannes Classical Award and the ECHO Klassik.

Marcus Creed began his studies at King’s College in Cambridge, where he had the opportunity to sing in the famed King’s College Choir. Further studies took him to Christ Church in Oxford and the Guildhall School in London.

Season 2018/19





  • France! CD review:

    The SWR Vocalensemble Stuttgart under Marcus Creed sings with audible engagement, flawless intonation even in the most difficult and most exposed passages, slippery articulation and clear declamation, thus demonstrating the poetic word-sound relationship discussed above, admirable compactness and at the same time highly flexible dynamic and with complete purity and coherence of the choral sound, which is always motivated from inside, audible even in the swelling full sound and balanced in every situation:

    an impressive demonstration of the best choral sound with a captivating directivity of the vocal lines, free of vibrati and tremoli.

    www.klassik-heute.de, Rainer W. Janka, 25.09.2018, (3x10 of 10 stars)

  • SWR Vokalensemble proves again its excellency

    Marcus Creed has been directing the SWR vocal ensemble since 2003, and over the past 15 years he has created a body of sound that ranks among the best in the international choir scene. Intonation, concentration, articulation, breathing together - and perhaps most importantly - the self-evident listening to each other: that is all there and highest art.

    Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Susanne Benda, 10.07.2018

  • Huge precision and efficiency

    Marcus Creed breathes with the choir and gives great security and freedom especially in the concert situation. So the singers can create sovereign and bring top performance. Creed's secret is to make every voice group and the entire choir sound like one voice. Under his direction concerts become a special experience with magical moments.

    Eva-Maria Schappé, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 26.06.2018

  • Room sounds and sound spaces

    It was choir singing of the international class: high end in a sense. Motets by Anton Bruckner framed works by Charles Ives and Morton Feldman in Ulm Cathedral. Indescribable how Marcus Creed and his singers designed Bruckner, in the finest dynamic gradation, as hovering as powerful, perfectly intonating, perfectly tuned in all registers from the deep bass to the highest soprano.(...) This harmonious modernism of Charles Ives - female voices in C major against gentlemen in G minor - a choir has to be able to sing so naturally, in the friction, so full-bodied as the SWR Vokalensemble.

    Südwest Presse, Jürgen Kanold, 15.05.2017

  • Great art

    Those who did not yet know how fine the sound of the vocal ensemble has become under Marcus Creed, how well the voices merge, how sensitively the choir balances colors and dynamics, were able to hear it here. (...) Precise intonated single tones, word-generated sound events in Heinz Holliger's “Seasons”: This is just as much an event as the experience of sea-waves gulled by seagulls in Martin Smolka's "Poema de balcones" as an effective acoustic wide-screen cinema or the sun's splitting into infinite spectra in György Ligeti's "Half of Life". Huge applause.

    Stuttgarter Zeitung, Susanne Benda, 18.09.2016



Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Jolivet, Messiaen, Aperghis
Marcus Creed
SWR (2018)


Gubaidulina, Schnittke, Rachmaninow, Tanejew, Glinka, Tschaikowsky
Marcus Creed
SWR | Haenssler Classic (2014)

Choral utopia

Heinz Holliger: Choral utopia
Marcus Creed
Wergo (2018)

Poema de balcones

Martin Smolka: Poema de balcones
Marcus Creed
Wergo (2016)