One of Germany's most important cultural institutions celebrated a major anniversary in 2016. For 800 years, the Dresden Kreuzchor boys choir has played a significant part in establishing Dresden's reputation as a European city of culture. Today the choir has about 150 members from the age of 9 - 19 from Dresden and the surrounding region. The boys attend the Kreuzschule. The choir's primary task is still to sing at church services and evening prayers in the Church of the Holy Cross in Dresden - a wonderful opportunity for visitors to hear the choir performing live. The choir often performs with the Dresden State Orchestra and the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra.