Partners in Koblenz and INTERKULTUR are optimistic about the future
Something is happening in the German choral scene: In North Rhine-Westphalia, choir rehearsals are now permitted again after the corona pandemic, Rhineland-Palatinate is to follow suit from June 10, and in other federal states, too, choirs are gradually being allowed to sing together again under appropriate hygiene conditions.
Many choirs have nevertheless found ways to stay connected to each other and to choral singing during the time without joint choir rehearsals: Tasks and tips for singing at home, supported by sound and video recordings, exchange and assistance in video conferences – up to numerous virtual choir videos. All this is great, but it cannot replace the real choir experience in the long run. For this reason, the city of Koblenz and INTERKULTUR are continuing to plan the German Choir Championships in order to finally create the opportunity for a national choir meeting, competition and personal contacts again in November 2020 after months of privation.
In November we will again have the opportunity to experience choral community together and in person. The first German Choir Championships in Koblenz will finally give us and the German choir singers back the opportunity to meet, to interact and to experience each other on a big, real stage.
Willi Becker, one of the artistic directors of the German Choir Championships 2020, is also optimistic: “We will find solutions for the first German Choir Championships from November 6-8, 2020 in Koblenz – with real encounters. Perhaps not ‘as before’, perhaps in a ‘new normality’ – but in any case, with singing, with joy, with community!
In view of the worldwide corona pandemic, a detailed hygiene and safety concept for the German Choir Championships 2020 is currently being developed. In addition, possibilities for concrete support of the participating choirs are being considered, like a donation campaign for additional choir rehearsals.
Further information on registration and participation in the German Choir Championships 2020 is available at www.chormeisterschaft.de.