Church music

Church music at the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche

The Französische Friedrichstadtkirche is one of the most important centres for church music in Berlin. Countless concerts and events presenting church music are held here. The focal point is the Eule organ dating from 1985.

But the church is undergoing a renovation and remodeling at the moment. Due to this it is closed, thus no concerts can be staged in it. We expect to reopen the church in summer 2021.
You can find information about other concerts and church musical events of the local congregations at their websites:

Choir work

The Französische Friedrichstadtkirche is home to the Friedrichswerdersche Chor, founded by Pastor Margarete Fritz in 1980. The choir belongs to the Evangelical Church Parish in Friedrichstadt and performs at special parish concerts. It also gives concerts once or twice a year. This choir is conducted by KMD Kilian Nauhaus.

The choir of the Französische Kirche, i.e. the Huguenot community, was founded by Michael Ehrmann – originally for the West-Berlin section of the parish – and is currently directed by Holger Perschke. It rehearses at the church community centre in Berlin-Halensee.

The church musician

KMD Kilian Nauhaus
Kilian Nauhaus (photo: Thilo Rückeis/Tagesspiegel)

The cantor and organist at the Französische Friedrichstadtkirche is Kilian Nauhaus. Kilian Nauhaus was born in Halle an der Saale in 1960. He completed the Church Proseminar in Naumburg and studied church music in his home town. After he had done his A-examination, he worked for one-and-a-half years as a choir assistant and lecturer (also in Halle), until he changed to his present position in 1987. His prodigious concert activity has taken him to countless churches and musical centres throughout Germany, as well as in other countries – both as an organ soloist and performing together with renowned musicians and ensembles. In 2010, the church leadership of the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische-Oberlausitz appointed him their church music director.
Kilian Nauhaus has also made a name for himself on radio, television and CD recordings as well as a book writer.

KMD Kilian Nauhaus