"Spatz" is the German word for "sparrow", the symbol of the city of Ulm, so "Ulmer Spatzen" can be translated "sparrows of Ulm".
The choir was founded in 1958 and has been led by Hans de Gilde since 1998.， since when the choir developed rapidly. Today, 225 children and teenagers sing in the two training choirs (for boys and girls), the children's choir (for girls), the youth choir (also for girls), and a mixed chamber choir, ‘Les Passerelles'.
Since it's foundation, thousands of youth singers has grown into musicians from here. The Spatzen have become famous in Germany as a result of their many recordings and appearances on radio and television. Performances across the world have made a name for the choir in the USA, South Africa, Japan, Russia and many European countries. The high quality of its sound is developed and maintained though intensive voice training for all members. This has led, not only to the choir's success in national and international competitions, but to regional and national awards for individual members as soloists
Just as a name card, representing the image of the city, Ulmer Spatzen travel around the world and pass the will for friendship and peacefulness from one country to another.
2001 Choir Competition Baden-Württemberg "Jugend singt" (1st prize in both the children's choir and girls' choir categories)，
2001 Regional winner for Baden-Württemberg at the German Choir Contest，
2002 National winner at the German Choir Contest in Osnabrück，
2004 European Music festival in Neerpelt, Belgium (1st prize, cum laude )，
2009 Special recognition and support from the Trust for Culture of Baden-Württemberg，
2010 Second prize in the 8th national German Choir Contest (Third in Children Choir )。
Hans de Gilde, conductor
Served as the artistic director of Ulmer Spatzen, Hans de Gilde is known as a famous conductor from Netherlands. He was once the artistic conductor of The Royal Dutch Chamber Choir of Netherlands and the National Opera of Lyon Chorus of France.
Under his leading, the Ulmer Spatzen gave performances in many countries across the world as such Netherlands, Israel, South African, Japan, Russia, America and UK. As the choir's conductor he also gains a world reputation for his superb skill.