'Die Glocke' - concert hall
Die Glocke has been a prestigious part of Bremen's music scene for more than 75 years and is renowned for its excellent acoustics and amazing atmosphere.
The famous conductor Herbert von Karajan rated this Domsheide venue, opened in 1928, as one of the best three concert halls in Europe. Internationally acclaimed performers such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Thomas Quasthoff, Cecilia Bartoli, Gidon Kremer and Hélène Grimaud have all returned to the Glocke time and again. They have all declared their admiration for the elegant art deco design and excellent acoustics of the concert hall, which was completely refurbished between 1995 and 1997 and is situated in the heart of Bremen just a few paces from the town hall.
The remit at the Glocke extends way beyond the confines of classical music, however. It also stages readings, kabarett and comedy, jazz, a-cappella concerts, chanson evenings and world music evenings. An outing to this venue with two auditoriums is one of the most desirable tickets in the whole of northern Germany.
Since reopening in 1997, the venue has been managed by Glocke Veranstaltungs-GmbH, which is artistically responsible for around ten per cent of the overall programme with its own series GLOCKE Vokal, GLOCKE Spezial, GLOCKE JAZZnights as well as events to promote music among children and young people.