The ESME Orchestra, Singers, and Big Band will be performing on Dec. 1, 2013, at 7pm in the Festsaal of the Münchner Künstlerhaus.

With popular classics such as the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel and Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, as well as seasonal favourites Let it Snow! and Santa Claus is Coming to Town — and the world premiere of Yggdrasil by our own Daniel Wytrykus!


Time: Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7:00pm
Place: Münchner Künstlerhaus
Lenbachplatz 8
80333 München
Tickets: Tickets are available from München Ticket in three price classes: for 10, 12, and 16 euros. There are concessions for students and children.

Publicity materials are available below for printing and publication, and postcards will be available at the next rehearsals.

There are 4 versions of an A4 poster for you to print out if you would like something larger than a postcard. They are labelled as such and at the bottom of this set of publicity materials.

N.B. Check in print preview before printing!




This year the ESME summer concert was once again at the Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig.

The Orchestra began the concert with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The first half also included Grieg’s Piano Concerto with soloist Genevieve Holmes.

Genevive Holmes playing Greig Piano Concerto
Photo by Celticon Photography

The Big Band opened the second half with a set inspired by The Blues Brothers and they were definitely dressed for the occasion.

The Singers then performed a varied set of mostly unaccompanied songs, including a rousing version of The Battle of Jericho. Dark Night of the Soul provided the opportunity for singers, string quartet and piano to show how well they blend.

The Orchestra and Singers also performed some pieces together and brought the concert to a close with a medley of popular songs from years gone by, including Imagine and The Locomotion.

We would like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting us. We really enjoyed the concert and hope you did too.

At the party after the concert we had a chance to say thank you to Heather Gentemann and Daniel Stratievsky.

Heather Spencer playing Viola

Heather first joined the Orchestra in 2009 and was instrumental in setting up ESME e.V. in 2011. Since then she has worked tirelessly to help make ESME what it is today. Heather also played the viola in the Orchestra and sang soprano in the Singers. We would like to wish her the very best as she and her husband move to the north of Germany to start their new jobs.

Daniel Stratievsky

Daniel Stratievsky started conducting the ESME Orchestra in September 2012 and since then there has been fun as well as hard work. We have learned a lot and are pleased to have introduced Daniel to the world of rock ‘n’ roll. We would like to wish him the very best of luck as he takes up his new position with the Theater für Niedersachesen in Hildesheim.

We will miss them both and hope to see them back in Munich very soon.


You are cordially invited to come clink glasses and break bread at the 2013 ESME Summer Social! We’ll kick off at 2pm on Saturday July 6 at the Augustiner Biergarten on Arnulfstraße, nestled between Hauptbahnhof and Hackerbrücke.

Two years ago we had a BBQ social on the Isar which turned out to be a really fun day and a good opportunity to get to know people from other ensembles – hopefully this will be the same! All those associated with ESME’s past, present and future are welcome, including +1s and anyone thinking of joining the team!

In the best of beer garden traditions, we’re encouraging everyone to bring along some food for sharing. Brezen, Obazda, Würste, potato & pasta salads, cheese and bread are all staples – but it’d be nice to reflect the ESME ethos with an international spread, both savoury and sweet! There is of course food available at the venue, so if you’re short of time to put something together then please don’t be put off! Your presence is the most important thing.

We’ll go ahead unless the weather is looking terrible – in which I’ll put an announcement here and send an email around by 9am on Saturday. I’ll provide some details nearer the time as to how we will all find each other there.

I hope lots of you can make it and am looking forward to seeing you all there.

*Please let us know if you are bringing a +1 (or more)* so I know how many tables to try and reserve.  If you have a Facebook account, please join our Facebook event (easier to count).

The Orchestra, Singers, and the Big Band are proud to present our Summer Concert 2013: Summer Reverie.  This year we’re featuring Beethoven, Grieg, Schubert, James Brown, Billy Joel, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Marvin Gaye, and many more.

Music Direction: Daniel Stratievsky, Eric Weddle, and Leonhard Kuhn

19:00, Saturday, July 13, 2013
Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig
Rosenheimer Straße 5, Munich

Logo München TicketTickets: €18, €12, or €8 at München Ticket agencies, via phone at 089/ 54 81 81 81 or at the door.  (Student and children’s tickets for €6 and €5 in PK2 and PK3 cannot be purchased online and must be purchased at a ticket box office.)

Below are our PR materials.  Click on the thumbnails for the larger pictures to use them in social media!

Sounds from Underground Poster

Our spring concert lineup has firmed up — and is featuring individual ensembles for the first time! ESME members, rehearsing independently, will present:

Rodgers & Hammerstein: “If I Loved You”
Alvin Lück (vocals), Tar Viturawong (piano)

Maurice’s “Tableaux de Provence”
Nicolas Clerc (sax), Léa Vernisse (piano)

Arnold’s “Three Shanties”
Julian Boyfield (bassoon), Elaine Cole (flute), Priti Schlubach (oboe), Julian Stein (horn), José Cosas (clarinet)

Pitney’s “Mary Lou”
Barbershop quartet: Julian Boyfield, Sam Gelletly, Mike Flowerdew, Orlando De Lange

Snyder’s “In Time of Silver Rain”
Vocal trio: Annie Janssen, Alvin Lück, Elizabeth Elliott

Jenkins’s “Palladio”
Christian Brandel (violin), Sybille Fischer (violin), Daniel Wytrykus (violin), Mark Westcott (viola), László Csomor (cello), Jonathan Harclerode (double bass)

Albeniz’s “Sevilla”
sax quintet: Nicolas Clerc, Hartmut Schwirner, Mikael Ahlstedl, Carina Kraft, Harald Bornfleth

Schiffrin’s “Mission Impossible”
Jazz sextet: Nicolas Clerc, Hartmut Schwirner, Mikael Ahlstedl, Carina Kraft, Harald Bornfleth, Guy Benson (drums)

The Singers will also perform :

Ola Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul”
Hayes’s “Simple Gifts”
Kern’s “Scarborough Fair”
Hogan’s “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho”
Eddleman’s “What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor”
Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep”
Gershwin / Clapham’s “I Got Rhythm”
Dilworth’s “Take Me to the Water”

Cost: €10 at the door — or reserve a ticket to be picked up at the latest 30 minutes before the beginning of the concert: is your link to reserve online! (The confirmation email took 5 minutes in our test, and landed in the spam folder, so do check yours…)

19:00, Sunday, May 5, 2013
Einstein Kultur – Theater Musik Wort Bild
Einsteinstrasse 42, 81675 Munich, Germany

There will be an “Afterparty”, details will be available at the event itself!