HS Art

Hamburg Girls’ Choir Rocks School Students

March 15, 2015

Angelic voices filled the Bosch Center for the Performing Arts at TAISM on Wednesday morning when the Hamburg Girls’ Choir sang for the middle school students. 

The 49-member choir, which includes members ranging in age from 14 to 22 years, sings mainly a-cappella music, using just their voices to create beautiful music. Though they are German, their choice of music is global, with songs from Scandinavia, Africa, the Baltic countries and beyond. 

We always try to have a varied repertoire. We try to sing secular music and popular music. The girls love to sing these pieces,” Gesa Werhahn, the choir conductor, told Times of Oman after their concert.

Because there are girls with many different personalities and interests in the choir, it’s easy to introduce a wide range of music, Werhahn said, adding that she makes an effort to travel broadly in search of interesting choral music. 

This concert revealed just how adventurous the choir is, since they included a cover of American heavy metal band Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, a song that included bird songs, and a catchy tune about cooking chili con carne. 

The German choir was on their final leg of a three-country tour that included Qatar, the UAE and Oman, during which they gave a number of performances, held workshops at various schools, and had a chance to do a bit of sightseeing and learn some local music.

“We will take probably two new songs from here to Hamburg,” Werhahn said.

This was their first visit to the GCC. “We are interested in this region and we try to give our girls an opportunity to see a lot from the world. This is a particular culture and it’s very special and interesting for them to come to the Middle East,” said Christoph Pillat, the choir manager.

He said the international tours are an important aspect of the girls’ experience in the choir since it gives them a chance to share their music and have something special to prepare for. They also learn from the other choirs they meet in the various countries. 

Pillat said the choir members found Oman delightful because of the friendliness of the people and its natural beauty. They spent one of their days hiking up Jebel Shams, an experience they will always treasure.

“It’s this very special landscape. The girls had a really hard trip yesterday to climb up this Jebel Shams and they were really exhausted but I think they won’t forget it,” Werhahn concluded.

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