Leipzig's musical heritage goes all the way back to 1212, when Margrave Dietrich took possession of a church which he then "donated" to the power-hungry Canons Regular of Saint Augustine. The seminary which came with it was charged with training boys in the art of singing the Liturgy, and from these beginnings the St Thomas Boys' Choir emerged.
The fundamental structure of Germany's most famous boys' choir, which was directed for 27 years by Johann Sebastian Bach, has remained unchanged for 800 years, and their weekly performances of motets and cantatas continue to enjoy immense popularity among music lovers.
Performances in St. Thomas Church:
Fridays, 6 pm (Vespers; approx. 1 hour)
Saturdays, 3 pm (usually a Bach cantata; approx 1¼ hours)
Admission is by programme (price €2) which can be purchased at the entrance to the church