German choir hits high notes on north-west coast

THE Hobart German Choir recently returned from touring the north-west coast of Tasmania, taking their Alpenhorns across several homes to spread their passion for German folk songs.

Nine nationalities make up the group, making for a diverse and multicultural extravaganza.

Choir coordinator Renata Gehlhaar said their performances were a beautiful tribute to Europe.

“We have one member that plays the violin, one that plays the mouth organ, one that plays the button accordion, one that plays the guitar and we even have quite a few yodeller songs,” she said.

“We also dress up in traditional costumes so it’s quite colourful.”

The choir began initially singing only for the German Club but expanded to sing for nursing homes in southern Tasmania.

“It’s lovely to go to the nursing homes and we always spend some time afterwards to interact with everyone,” Ms Gehlhaar said.

“They always ask us to come again.”

Originally from Germany, Ms Gehlhaar lived in Penguin before moving to Hobart.

After her husband passed, she reignited her passion for singing and joined the German Choir.

“Singing is such a fantastic past time,” Ms Gehlhaar said.

“Music really is the best medicine.”

The age of members range between 50 and 80 years old and senior citizens are welcome to join.

The German Choir’s next performance will take place at the Festival of Voices, held 8 July at the Town Hall.

Caption: Members of the German Choir at Penguin. Photo credit: Peter Fluckiger.