The choir was founded in 1946 as the first of Bavarian Broadcasting’s musical ensembles. Starting in 1949, its artistic upswing initially ran parallel to the development of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, whose Chief Conductor has been Mariss Jansons since 2003.
From the beginning both ensembles have been linked in intensive concert activities and Mariss Jansons has repeatedly presented both ensembles together at the Lucerne Festival, the Prom Concerts in London, and in December 2012 Beethoven´s 9th symphony in acclaimed concerts in Tokyo and Yokohama. In 2005 Peter Dijkstra was appointed the Artistic Director. As an avowed anti-specialist he has presented a wide variety of programmes. These have included a cappella productions as well as collaborations with the two Bavarian broadcasting orchestras and such period ensembles as the Concerto Köln, B’Rock and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. This position will be taken over by Howard Arman in 2016.