The DOKU-Chor led by Cornelius Neitsch
was at home in the DOKU
Blumentthal, a documentation centre in North Bremen. The "choir" was a handful of mostly beginners but I was quite happy to take part when joining them in January, 2000. Completely different from the formal Collegium Musicum Bremen
, the atmosphere was absolutely informal. New for me was being required to sway and make odd dance steps whilst singing. This took place before a mirror covered wall such as that found in dance studios.
I had only taken part in rehearsals for maybe three or four times when I received a phone call from Herr Neitsch saying that he could not continue and whether I would take over the choir. I never understood why he made such a request as I was and still am completely unqualified for such a task. A choir leader I am not!
I went to the DOK in Blumenthal to inform the members of Neitsch's decision. After a brief discussion we agreed to disband.. One of the members opined that we were simply not good enough. This was a typical bad choir experiences much toted in German and Norwegian Shape Note circles
I am grateful for the experience however. I learned the value of singing before a mirror and simply loved Epo i tai tai eh!
which I then introduced to the The Vegesack Whalermen