Kölner Bürgerorchester

Kölner Bürgerorchester

To play in an orchestra once - for many Cologne residents, this wish is fulfilled in the Cologne Civic Orchestra, which François-Xavier Roth has launched in the 2019/20 season. The initiative is a matter of the heart for both him and the musicians of his orchestra. More than 40 of them are working on the works with the participants and supporting them in their preparations for the joint concert in the Kölner Philharmonie. Playing side by side with the professionals is a great motivation and a lot of fun. Because in the rehearsals with François-Xavier Roth you can not only learn a lot - there is also a lot to laugh about!

The musical level of the amateur musicians varies greatly. Parts that are too difficult are simplified. And the experienced help the less experienced. The philosophy is: there is no competition.

Interview: »On the happiness of playing together«

Ulrike Schäfer (principal cellist of the Gürzenich Orchestra and coach in the Citizens' Orchestra) in conversation with Mareike Bruns (viola) and Gerfried Heldt (flute) about their experiences in the Citizens' Orchestra. (Only in German available)


For the 24/25 season, we once again invite you to make music together with the Gürzenich orchestra. Anyone who plays an orchestral instrument and is at least 16 years old can participate. 

The registration period for this program will start at 22.6.24.

Clara Friedrichs
Project Manager
+49 221 221 22437

Mini series

Episode 4/4 | The Great Day | Miniseries about the Cologne Bürgerorchester It's finally here: the big day when the Cologne Bürgerorchester plays the concert on the stage of the Kölner Philharmonie. Not only our participants are visibly touched, but also the audience and François-Xavier Roth are enthusiastic about the music and the project.
Episode 3/4 | François and his heart project | Miniseries about the Kölner Bürgerorchester In the third episode of our mini-series about the Kölner Bürgerorchester, we accompany our principal conductor François. What is it about this project that makes it so special for him? And how does he best prepare our participants for the concert?
Episode 2/4 | Get to know our participants | Miniseries about the Kölner Bürgerorchester In this episode you will get to know three participants of the Cologne Civic Orchestra. Axel, Doro and Johann take you to their homes and give you an insight into their everyday musical lives. How do they prepare for rehearsals, especially those with François-Xavier Roth?
Episode 1/4 | We start into the new project | Miniseries about the Kölner Bürgerorchester In the first episode of our Bürgerorchester mini-series, our project manager Clara Friedrichs and conductor Mariano Chiacchiarini tell you all about the »Bürgerorchester« project. In addition, we introduce you to four protagonists from the Bürgerorchester, whom we accompanied during the rehearsal period.
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