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Choral singing in Berlin : the voice of night, Holy night

The birth of "Beth'lem" is not immediately straightforward. "Your people, rejoice, a child is born," is the good news. But: How strong should emphasize the

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Choral singing in Berlin : the voice of night, Holy night

The birth of "Beth'lem" is not immediately straightforward. "Your people, rejoice, a child is born," is the good news. But: How strong should emphasize the vowel in "joy Naaacht" rich? Even more dynamic would be good because the title must appear at the start in no way lame? The women give the tone and the pace, and says to the men: "you can also calmly speak more clearly."

Just have eaten Antonia and Christopher Biemer here for dinner with two of her three daughters. The dishes cleared quickly aside, the doorbell is constantly. Now you are sitting with your musical family with a long kitchen table in the kitchen next to the shelf with dishes, books and Games: two sopranos, two Altos, two tenors, two basses.

The kitchen is now, on Monday night after seven, your sample space. Four men and four women to look in the score. Silent Leaves. Then you begin to sing. Fragments only, but the sound beguiling, heart-warming. At the window of the paper star and the Motto. The Berlin choir "Divertimento Vocale" is rehearsing for his only Christmas concert this year.

It is not singing, here, professionals sing. Must be, the Arrangements are complex. The members have studied music or singing, five of them are in the main a teacher. Together they continue the Berlin Tradition, the work of Niels Köpckes, Antonia Biemers only two years ago deceased father. He was a pianist, the music soulful, the son of an organist and concert. A trained counter-tenor, calling in 1986, a men's Quartet, "The Kurmärkischen vocalists of Berlin".

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assume A Formation, which remained alive, and later to a larger mixed Ensemble and the fill the young with life. He was a singer, composing-dominated, and whose passion it was to arrange pieces à capella, i.e. the vocal without instrumental accompaniment. Songs in which the voices of the singers take on the role of instruments, the sound they imitate.

Just this is exactly what happened during the trial. "Come, ye shepherds" only starts with the rhythm. "Dum, stupid, I", plucking the bass, and leave the "m" nice swing. The tenors are complementary to the drone fifth with a bright "Düü, Düü", as it was a medieval pipe. And the sopranos cope as the flutes of a very difficult high sequence.

The voice of the orchestra fills the room, it is the melody of the Christmas song is almost a minor matter. And then, in the case of "White Christmas", the choir to the small occupation of a swing band. Most of the Arrangements of the programmes of the "Divertimento Vocale" Niels Köpckes originals. And in many of the note sheets, the hand written notes from the time when he was still in the process. Because of the Bass, what to do, if the Unison Passage is white: "Volle Lotte!"

The eight look at this table, as you'd be a singer since forever with each other, none fremdelt, the mood is resolved. A company born out of friendship. This came recently, three new. The hard core remains. Because the choral music is all a matter of the heart. "Because it is transported with the choir singing a special kind of connectedness," says soprano Friederike Wrobel. Because he enjoys the challenge that each has its own voice, says Ingo Bussmann, the second Bass in the lineup.

The choir is a family affair

"Also, because it supports my Integration", says one of the tenors, the Portuguese Pedro Matos. He lives for only two years in Germany and studied singing. Tenor Armin Horn is a high school graduate, with 18 years the Youngest. The A Capella Fan wants to study music. In her spare time she like to listen to Vocal Jazz. Or Bach. Or Björk. Or Justin Timberlake. "Because my wife likes him and also because he is good," says Ingo Bussmann. Antonia Biemer says more for "The Real Group" from Sweden. Divertimento translated means fun. A better name you could not choose.

Antonia and Christopher Biemer, both teachers, met during their studies in chamber choir of the University of the arts. He gave up his law studies for choral music. "Actually, I wanted to do that and teach," he says. Since 2012, you are in the "Divertimento Vocale" to eight, temporarily, Antonia's brother and sister sang as well. Somehow, the choir continues to be a family thing, and Niels Köpcke always present.

And so you will sing at the upcoming Christmas concert for him. "All the Christmas sets are from my father, coupled with songs we want to sing," says Antonia Biemer. Heart songs. Portuguese, brought back by Pedro, Köpcke-sets, Wüllner, such as the "lullaby". Or treat yourself to the luxury to sing more than four voices, as in the case of Britten's "A Hymn".

Many who have come to the concert in the French Cathedral is the last Advent in memory. From a concert trip to Sweden, the choir Scandinavian Christmas had brought songs and sang so beautifully that some of the audience listened with tears in his eyes and full of gratitude. Antonia Biemer, recalls: "One woman said last Time to me, I thought the chair was next to me. But because an angel was there.“ For him will be quite sure to this time place.

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