Hiya fans,

First off, our Winter Concert is only a few weeks away!!!

We will be performing at the Münchner Künstlerhaus on Sunday 10th December at 16:00 – and you can buy your tickets in advance via this link.  As always with ESME, we cover all kinds of territory in this concert — The Complete Harry Potter, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Morten Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux, a new arrangement of the traditional Irish Blessing (“May the road always rise to meet you…”)  The Resident Alien Big Band will groove with Uptown Funk and The Lady Is A Tramp… and more.  Details are available here.

In addition, the Orchestra and Singers will also be performing in a joint charity benefit concert with the Deutsch-Irischer Freundeskreis Bayern and the Paul Daly Band on Sunday 3rd December at 14:00 at the Ludwigskirche.  It is free, and all proceeds will go to the Initiative krebskranke Kinder München e.V., Münchener Elternstiftung-Lichtblicke für schwerkranke und krebskranke Kinder, and the Elterninitiative Intern 3 im Dr. von Haunerschen Kinderspital München e.V.    More details on this free charity event are here.

In other news…

July – Summer Concert

Our Summer Concert, entitled “Sing, Swing, Strings!” proved to be a great success! All three ensembles took to the stage offering the usual variety of classical and contemporary music, from excerpts of Mozart’s Requiem to a wonderful medley from The Wizard of Oz (costumes included!). The Resident Alien Big Band also delighted us with some great tunes from the 1940s, featuring a live swing dance performance – a first for ESME!



June-September – Big Band Performances

The Resident Alien Big Band had a busy summer with various additional performances. In June they had the amazing opportunity to perform on stage in Marienplatz at the city’s Stadtgründungsfest – the anniversary of Munich’s founding. The band was a huge hit, with crowds of people watching, singing and even dancing along to the music! Many members of the other ensembles also came along to show support and enjoy the sunshine – all in all a great day!






They then participated again at the Munich Summerfest at Rindermarkt – once again entertaining the public with some fabulous tunes, and catching some dancers in spite of the rain!




Last but not least in the RABB summer calendar was a date at the Münchner Hofbräuhaus — again, RAIN came, but didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as they moved from the courtyard beergarden to the Festhalle.  (The dance floor’s better in there anyway!)


October – Weekend Away at Alteglofsheim

With the Autumn Season well under way, it was time for another ESME Weekend Away – this time in the beautiful grounds of the Bayerische Musikakademie in Alteglofsheim. Around 80 musicians (Singers, Orchestra and Big Band) made their way there one Friday evening ready for a weekend of musical fun. And it certainly did not disappoint! As well as the many hours of ensemble practice and progress, we were also treated to lessons in Swing Dancing and Percussion (with guest instructors Marius Schmidl and Toby Müller). Somehow many still found time for country walks, lively games and plenty of late night jamming around the piano!!! As usual, not much time for sleep…

Wishing you all the best for the festive months ahead and looking forward to see you all at one of our upcoming events!

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Dear ESME fans,
we are very excited about our next show coming up on April 22, 2017 – it’s our annual Spring Concert with the Singers and all the ensembles that members have put together independently.

And for the first time, we’re selling our tickets online ourselves!  Linked from our Facebook page and website and Twitter and Toytown, and directly here:

We’re using the shop and calendar function of our new club software, called VereinOnline (programmed just north of Munich in Ismaning!).  Our initial purchase was funded by a generous (and tax-deductible!) donation, but we hope that by selling tickets ourselves and avoiding the third-party commission, we can defray the costs in future years.  This also gives us more flexibility in arranging our ticket prices — and more control of and information about our sales.

We’re also now sending out this newsletter via the new software, instead of via Google Groups — they were getting difficult to maintain, so we’re streamlining our processes.  There is still an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each (emailed) edition! You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here and following the instructions.

The new software makes no difference to the way we run our rehearsals, but the Orchestra and Singers have moved to the Russian Kulturzentrum GOROD at Harras — closer to the center of town than Hasenbergl, our home for the last few seasons — and GOROD can store our timpani so they can be used in rehearsals again!  The Big Band still enjoys their base at the KreativGarage, where we also often hold our Annual General Meeting.

Other exciting recent events included a master class for our strings players and a performance by Turkish professor Orhan Ahıskal, on a short tour of Germany in early April.  The reviews on Facebook indicate that he was a great hit! https://www.facebook.com/OrhanAhiskal/posts/1296130537130617

The Spring Weekend Away at Bad Schussenried was another great success: anyone who wasn’t there missed out on Pillowmeister 3000, the 2am guitars, and the Sunday rehearsal naps in the corner.  Can’t wait until autumn when we’ll do it all again…

Our Big Band is excited to be able to play at the Stadtgründungsfest (City Founding Festival) on June 17 at 14:45 — right at Marienplatz!  It’s a great milestone for us, and we hope to continue such collaborations with the city. http://www.esme-ev.de/shows/the-resident-alien-big-band-plays-the-munchner-stadtgrundungsfest/

The Summer Concert Sing, Swing, Strings! will be July 8 at Gasteig, and all three ensembles are rehearsing our Mozart, our Wizard of Oz, and our Andrews Sisters numbers.  http://www.esme-ev.de/shows/esme-summer-2017-concert/ has the calendar event for you!

Just this week we’ve got the ESME logo uploaded to our own shop at spreadshirt.de so anyone can buy ESME logo merchandiseesme-ev.de/spreadshirt

We’ve been uploading more videos recently too, all listed on our website videos page, and posted on Facebook and Twitter too.  The most recent are David Bowie’s Space Oddity in a choral SATB arrangement from our Spring Concert 2016 as well as the orchestra playing the Overture to Beethoven’s Egmont at the Summer Concert 2016:

We hope to see you at concerts or rehearsals soon!
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The Munich Summer Ball, which was hosted in July by ESME e.V. and organised by members of our Resident Alien Big Band, raised over EUR 700 for for “Musik schafft Heimat”, a project instigated by the Bayerische Philharmonie within the major initiative “Integration und Toleranz“ of the Wertebündnis Bayern to help integrate refugees into their new home in Munich through the universal language of music.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of watching some of these groups perform at the Bayerische Philharmonie’s open day in Munich Pasing.

The male singers were all wearing T-shirts with names of cities – Aleppo, Homs, Damaskus – followed by “Munich”; cities we have all heard far too much about in the news. They sang together about “Heimat” and ended with their own version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Their wives and children stood proudly in the audience and cheered with everybody else at the end of each song. A further group played on traditional Syrian instruments.

It is impossible for us to imagine what these people have been through, both at home and on the 47-day trek to a better life in Germany. It is wonderful to see them smiling and making music together here in Munich. Please take time to have a look at their website: http://www.bayerische-philharmonie.de/Navigation/Soziales-Engagement/Musik-schafft-Heimat


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We thought it would be nice to start the season off with another social event.
We’ll be returning to the Augustinerkeller Biergarten in Arnulfstrasse
on Sunday, 15th September from 2pm

ESME members, families and other interested parties are very welcome.
If the weather is bad, you may have to look in the Keller to find us.

If you would like even more details check out our Facebook event.

Hope to see you there!

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Welcome to the very first edition of the ESME Newsletter.

So far, 2013 has been a very busy year for the Orchestra, Singers, and Big Band, and the rest of the year promises to be just as exciting.

Rehearsals started in the depths of winter but it wasn’t too long before the Spring Weekend Away. For this we returned to Bad Schussenried. As well as rehearsals there was plenty of time to socialize and get to know people a bit better.

Spring Weekend Away rehearsal: photo by Christian Brandel
Spring Weekend Away rehearsal: photo by Christian Brandel
Spring Weekend Away: photo by Christian Brandel
Spring Weekend Away: photo by Christian Brandel


Our spring concert in May, “Sounds from Underground”, gave both the Singers and several smaller ensembles the chance to perform.


Sounds from Underground: photo by David Freer
Sounds from Underground: photo by David Freer


Sounds from Underground: photo by Christian Brandel
Sounds from Underground: photo by Christian Brandel



In June, the Big Band played at the Lions Ball for the second year in a row and everyone had a great evening.


Big Band at the Lions Ball: photo by Heather Gentemann
Big Band at the Lions Ball: photo by Heather Gentemann

At the beginning of July, ESME members, family and friends met up in a Munich beer garden. The weather was perfect and it was a great opportunity for some people to model the brand new ESME T-shirts.

Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert
Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert


Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert
Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert
Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert
Summer Beergarden Social: photos by Daniel Plappert

The final date in the diary for the season was the summer concert “Summer Reverie” in the Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig. As is customary, the Orchestra, Singers and Big Band presented a varied programme.

Summer Reverie: photo by Celticon Photography
Summer Reverie: photo by Celticon Photography


The Big Band in their Blues Brothers look: photo by Celticon Photography
The Big Band in their Blues Brothers look: photo by Celticon Photography

At the party after the concert there was time to say thank you and good luck to Heather Gentemann and Daniel Stratievsky.

The new season starts at the beginning of September and we are looking forward to rehearsing with two new conductors.
Andreas Partilla will be conducting the Orchestra while Andreas Sczygiol will be directing the Singers.

Our Winter Concert is on Sunday December 1st at the Münchner Künstlerhaus. Hope to see you there!

You can find out more by visiting our website:


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