Christmas without concerts – STIMME.de

December 23, 2020, 1:22 p.m.

Region A lot is different this year. The Christmas mood doesn’t really want to arise either. This is no different for the music associations, groups and choirs in the city and district of Heilbronn, which had to cancel most of the events during the year.

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Highlights like this one with the vocal ensemble of Kilian’s Church Heilbronn with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio have to be avoided due to the corona.

Photo: Archive / Veigel

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Highlights like this one with the vocal ensemble of Kilian’s Church Heilbronn with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio have to be avoided due to the corona.

Photo: Archive / Veigel

According to cantor Stefan Skobowsky, up to 100 concerts with a total of up to 20,000 listeners normally take place in the Kilian’s Church in Heilbronn alone. There were only a few events left this year, and those were severely restricted and subject to strict hygiene rules. In particular, the cancellation of the major concerts such as the Bach Choir of the Kilian’s Church (Mozart Requiem) and the Heilbronn vocal ensemble is painful.

“If all Christmas services in Heilbronn and in many other places – the core of our church offer at one of the happiest and most important festivals – are canceled, I am very sad. I myself cannot imagine Christmas without singing and our beautiful services “says the cantor and church musician.

Concert online only

“The children are happy when they can perform and play,” says Petra Best, secretary of the Schwaigern music school. However, the usual Christmas concert two weeks before Christmas, in which the teachers always participated, cannot take place here either. All that remained is an online concert, which only a small number of the students attended. “And online is less nice than face-to-face events,” says Petra Best. After all, the usual ensemble lessons have to be avoided. The support association of the Protestant town church Schwaigern had to cancel all concerts this year. Above all, the end of the planned Christmas concert on December 13th with Mark Marshall hurts.

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“These concerts are always a reliable source of income with a full church,” says Petra Best, who is also active in this support association. Normally, in the days just before Christmas, the Heuchelberger Alphorn-Brass group is out and about making music in the Leintal. “Alphorn in front of the Christmas tree” is the name of the traditional event at the Leingarten town hall. “It’s not exactly a disaster, but frustrating, even though we understand the difficult situation and had,” says organizer Hubert Späth. “After all, a musician lives from performances and not from rehearsals.” However, they are hobby musicians, “there are no livelihoods attached to them.”

Music on the balcony

The Gemmingen brass band made a virtue out of necessity after the traditional appearance on the Rathausplatz had to be canceled on Christmas Eve. She asked people to play Christmas carols on December 24th at 3 p.m. on the balconies at home.

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