Since its establishment in May 1946, the Norddeutschen Rundfunk Chor (= NDR Chor) engages itself intensively not just with the classical and romantic repertoire, but also with contemporary music. The a-cappella-literature became an emphasis of the NDR Chor, particularly under the direction of Helmut Franz, the successor of Max Thurn,. Later directors of choir such as Roland Bader, Horst Neumann, Robin Gritton and Hans-Christoph Rademann have continued this tradition. Besides, the choir continues its co-operation with renowned guest conductors such as Eric Ericson, Marcus Creed, Michael Gläser and Rupert Huber.
Beside its work for the radio and television programmes of the NDR, numerous CD productions with music of Henry Purcell up to recordings with Giora Feidman document the stylistic range of the ensemble. With the recording of the complete a-cappella-works of Johannes Brahms, the NDR Chor achieved the French prize "Orphée d`or". Their latest CD with a-cappella works of A. Bruckner and Max Reger under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann, was particularly praised for the homogeneous sound of the choir. For the recording the NDR Chor received the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik" in February 2005. Additionally to its work with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, the NDR Chor ia also a also constant partner of the NDR Radiophilharmonie. In addition come regular appearances with the NDR Bigband. Close co-operation with the two series "NDR Das Alte Werk" and "NDR das neue werk" emphasizes once again the stylistic variety of the NDR Chor.