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tv   Faith Matters - Noon Song - Concert and Church Service in Berlin  Deutsche Welle  March 3, 2019 1:30am-2:00am CET

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the messages are spreading like wildfire and the followers are joining the. army on the streets. changing the. digital. starts marching on the w. . lutheran church and did it. once a week music lovers from all over the german capital gather here. the church is full every saturday that's unusual for. this well i mean every saturday it's time for new song. this is the
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official it's refreshing it focuses me a kind of meditation what does the demand is becoming a fixed part of my week and because it's so beautiful release and for us through this. new song as a short church service mostly sung at a very high standard for many it's a spiritual as well as a musical experience. when relict of course there are wonderful churches in the city and things happen there that some people can't even imagine. martin was. certain that it. was the. car her hair.
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was. responses into standing as a vocal ensemble made up of professional singers. they perform for free on saturdays because they love the project it's a creative challenge every need some service is unique. to cling this one might usually get a score on the weekend before so we have time to prepare a lot of the eight singers didn't meet up until friday evening when they were harassed for two or three hours and then again from ten on half past the next morning. and then it's time that. the are. the.
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song what's special about known song as many things as mainly it's enjoyable and it's free good performers good music and was in a beautiful church with live music performed by eight good singers. the unsubtle is the brainchild of conductor and clam us to stephan show. seven to spending cycle connel sevenpence bellying is a choral ensemble of professional singers so we have eight singers because the interesting music is often written for eight voices this week so eight is a very good number for. this church has it. but of course a professional singers can't commit themselves to sing every saturday so we have a pool of thirty six from which we can always draw eight singers they consistently . since. the.
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whole of the song and since very modern. some people think it's beautiful others find it strange opinion and certainly different but it has its own atmosphere. as a new song is a form of church service but apart from a short reading there are new spoken words. everything is sung including the press including the lord's prayer. i think that's very special because it can get you into a kind of contemplated flow. i think that's how religion was supposed to be. the
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current works come from the entire range of sacred christian music over the centuries from gregorian chants to contemporary pieces. for regular church services and for most amateur singers it would be too difficult the its great music that is often neglected for that reason but here it's being celebrated. the. it all started with a few music enthusiastic in october two thousand and eight now hundreds of people attend every saturday to enjoy the atmosphere and music of new inside. chapman and i read about it on the internet i wanted to see it myself and count which consume for this is my fifth time here you know i come from munich and try to come whenever i'm in berlin and the curator just complain that people aren't coming. down the.
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aisle of best was the best thing to do is hold cultural events like this fantastic . stumbles from the funk originally i come from northwestern for various i studied sacred music in conducting and then i was assistant conductor for the berlin philharmonic choir from there i moved back to southern germany and talk conducting record at that time i visited trinity college cambridge twenty college cambridge. and bought in twenty college cambridge scripts i may have a wonderful mixed choir there commission. which i was able to see it work out on a limb due for two. demands on sunday leant on new song is derived from the english even song as we know it from churches and colleges in england stefan shock approached our parish council in two thousand and six or two thousand and seven
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saying i can imagine holding a musical midday press service here every saturday one does not use the toughest so i was fascinated by this english even song tradition which attracts lots of visitors see it does in guns feel in colleges and covered it takes place in many colleges and cathedrals in england every day was the music of the highest choral standard which sadly we have lost sight of here as the course invites a lot of an on going to use. words. this is the setting of some twenty by the grace italian renaissance composer to
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fanny to palestrina. like the glorious paintings from the sistine chapel palestrina his music brings the biblical texts to life with a wondrous mystical quality. in addition to the choral music there's another attraction atones on plots that draws berlin is every saturday the street market.
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it's popular with weekend shoppers. intellectual and spiritual nourishment was just a few steps away. and you know right now. the fun of the perfect. storm will. come from my bike i'm going to run my balcony i can see the people coming to new. and get to i see them streaming into the church kids hurrying up the stands. and once they're inside the can they encounter a peaceful atmosphere with a money efficiency and at the latest there is silence and says if people feel i can become ham i can take half an hour for myself by yes it's like.
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the. elements all kinds of people come to new song everybody is welcome at one new song there was a little girl sitting on her mother's lap she was fascinated you could see in her eyes how moved this very small child was that touch me profoundly like. i can see how people are moved by what happens. in the stuff and.
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what people experience as something unusual that one song on plots was the norm in christian churches was centuries the idea that a church service should convey transcendence and that singing plays a crucial role. fewer than was used to be his in a lot of the music we sing here was written by composers who had to produce music almost every day for the church because they had a deep grasp of theology. and they brought their own personal experience into their music he could go. on and so keep the do you think composition gives her texts a particular interpretation or story to it's like a sermon that you don't comprehend rationally but emotionally it gets under your skin as it were so. that. was.
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the. interest of all twelve fleiss and the word was made flesh variable in cottle factum este a very. groomes remarkable text a very mysterious text does follow the word of god and you can read this text in various ways as a mystery as an assurance as a joyful avowals or as a tremendous gesture of reconciliation with all it's a course of peace to all these and so those of the quality music the creative the
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music like a sermon that's consequent presents the whole mystery contained in this sentence stage. the. was. was. it's a church service i think it was st augustine who said he who sings prays twice adopt it. just booked upside is the book of psalms is at the heart of noon song.
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set to music of course. the psalms are very poetic texts written from very personal experience. and these one hundred fifty psalms express every facet of life. from great rejoicing and happiness to questions addressed to god and out. hearing each week how these texts sound in various musical settings give structure to one's whole life to get discounts on the west of the earth what i find inspiring is the way she definitely shook has been organizing this almost every saturday for ten minutes and has now become jaded. as one of the singing i always feel as though the new song we are currently performing is the important one. always sung with the same seriousness and the same conviction.
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stephan the conductor brought the new song idea from england. the former lutheran bishop of berlin brandenburg gave it its final liturgical form . he had the idea but he was ambivalent about whether it could be done in a lutheran church in berlin. and if it wouldn't compete with the regular sunday service. issues like that troubled him. also of course the question of what he received support from the diocese and the parish. but the idea coincided with one of my views that we needed new initiatives to make people aware of how important worship is in christian life.
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as far as i know he didn't yet have the idea that it should be held every saturday at noon when i can. when we realized the costs it would involve if we had eight professional singers here every saturday we were very skeptical and didn't have much faith in the idea that. we thought it would never get off the ground that it could never be financed and. music budget was clearly inadequate if we could give some support but certainly not finance and. but stephanie had the courage to say i'm going to give it a try. the costs for six months. new song has been in existence for ten years now and to organize it for ten years to struggle to battle with institutions with money so that somehow there's always enough to have
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this perseverance and energy and to do this flat out stephane to us that's what makes the project live. i had great hopes of noon song i had ideas about what it should be so from the moment we got started it exceeded my expectations. there were far more people than i expected. and the noon song experience itself was far more intense than i had imagined. people say they experience peace when they sit quietly in this church and they are changed when they leave. and some say opens them to god house or so that's if you've got.
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as a new song isn't to provide a new song as a private initiative and i think that's fantastic thing having you believe it's hell abraded it's ten years anniversary in twenty eighteen it's always wonderful i first my thoughts fly out and when i come out i feel refreshed really curious and
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white apart from any religious aspects if it's a great opportunity to come to this beautiful church with its glorious windows that were designed by adam friar. inclusive smoking when i checked was consecrated in one thousand nine hundred thirty three bills between one hundred thirty one and one hundred thirty three and expressionist building it was officially designed by fritz herger actually it was designed by a jewish architect or sick levein who worked with her. and club also designed the knesset building after the war. then in one nine hundred forty three an incendiary bomb struck the church and destroyed it completely except for the altar when it was rebuilt it was completely redesigned and its current beauty is that of a new design especially the windows by the director and set design a. by.
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the shop. and then listen to music. and of to the noon song have a meal at the church. this is a bowl of soup for those who want it and an opportunity to meet and chat. from the beginning of the catering was provided by a married couple from the parish. you can ensure we know mr steele could be a good boy and it was his idea and i was immediately o.z.'s to mention i think it's important that people seek and find a particular spirituality that they don't get in a normal church service. well and i think a little get together afterwards rounds it off doing good for both the body and the soul because i can see. that's what we were very
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enthusiastic from the start and it works putting it mildly we're very proud of. their strife. there's a special energy in this church every saturday. the diocese doesn't provide financial support but they are enthusiastic helpis the costs are paid mainly out of the collection. the new song exists you will so not know the new song will only survive as long as there are people who attend the even the donations we receive every saturday don't cover the cost is completely new and songs that means new song has grown into a wonderful edifice. but unfortunately the foundations are not firm miche ws on and it's built on a very thin rather brittle piles. knew of him only if people continue to be enthusiastic about noon song and donate can it continue again went this way. and so
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the many visitors who come regularly each week work hard to make it continue as the few dozen survive thinking con.
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see here lord the deal of course there are people who come here because they are music lovers but for me it's the e.q. mn is in my experience the christian community that i believe christians have values to share. because well i can do that here so i can current on the scottish here too and that's far from followed it was evident from the beginning of itself and it's especially true in berlin you don't go to every church service has to be ecumenical must send out a message that everybody who is looking for a church service a word from god what is welcome what is fault is one tendency in that nothing new song form is able to unite catholics and protestants without any difficulty there are no contentious issues no biblical interpretation no you caressed as
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a single liturgy call form listening pray saying that characterizes new song the of course we can do that well with one another and of course people who don't belong to any church are also welcome and i'm certain that some do come by. the. it seemed doubtful that fast that the idea would catch on. to fifteen minutes of cars singing in the middle of the day has one more and more fun to. hear faith and music met in the spiritual experience called noon song. there's
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a slim but also for the whole one because it's a great challenge and a gift to see that what's so important to us because this is the activity to which we devote ourselves every week of but often also play such an important role in the lives of the audience which you can call the spirit and few many people have approached me and said i came today because you were singing a very interesting piece by palestrina for example as to you know i don't have anything to do with the church i've left the church of god it's what i'll come again next week will. next the singing was great toward us because it would be done and then after a few weeks they said they had found their way back to a new form of spirituality and had begun to make their peace with the church of the physician all day and. their fair. warning this was.
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