Grüss Gott, mit
Heil deutschem Wort und Sang!
(Praise God, bright tones and long,
Hail German word and song!
The Adelaider Liedertafel 1858 is a men's choir singing mainly German songs at various community gatherings and festive days in Adelaide, throughout the Adelaide Metropolitan area, country South Australia and beyond. We are headquartered at the South Australian German Association (SAADV), and at full strength we number 27 (although in the near past we were able to have as many as 44 singers on stage).
We are the oldest continuing male choir, and the second-oldest continuing choir of any type, in Australia (we believe there is a mixed choir in Victoria that was founded in 1856 and is still active). If anyone can produce evidence to the contrary we will gladly amend our claim. Antecedent choirs that eventually formed the ALT date back to 1844, only 8 years after the colony of South Australia was established by Governor Hindmarsh, but it was in 1858 that a committee established the choir which still exists today. You can browse our history pages for more detailed information.
We perform mainly German operatic works and folksongs, but also have Australian, English, Welsh and American choral works in our repertoire. Almost unique among male choirs, we do most of our repertoire a capella, and have never formally appointed an accompanist. On the few occasions that an accompanist has been required we have been fortunate enough to be able to source talented pianists and organists on ad-hoc bases.
ALT1858 is always keen to recruit new male singers, particularly first and second tenors. Whilst proficiency in the German language is obviously an advantage, it is definitely not a prerequisite. Since the earliest days of the choir we have had non-German speakers among our members, thus proving that language is no barrier to producing good music. If necessary, we will teach you to pronounce (as distinct from speak) German. In fact, the only thing you must have is a love of singing! We practice every Tuesday evening (except for a short recess over Christmas and New Year) at 7:30pm at the SAADV clubrooms, 223 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA. If you are male, can hold a tune and enjoy singing, contact us, or simply turn up on Tuesday evening. You will be welcomed with open arms.
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