The term "direct democratical" is rather delicate, I think you can't really call it that.
For instance, when a conductor directs a rehearsal, then this actually isn't direct democratical any more. If I say: "Please sing this note a semitone higher!" then he might answer: "Why?" And I'd answer: "Well, because it ought to be that way." "Oh yeah - on whose say-so?" "I wanna sing this a semitone lower!" Or maybe: "I don't hear it that way!"
Erke Duit, Conductor


It happened like this: I sang in a church choir because of the music. I just wanted to sing. This choir had an orchestra as well, so from this angle it was quite okay. Church music is superb of course, as the best composers were engaged. Because the church definitely has got money. But once the bass beside me was singing: "O Lamb of God, Lamb of God!" So I threw a laughing fit and I knew: I just have to get out of here!


I don't really know who actually wants to hear a political concert. (…) Who will dare to tackle such a controversy?

When I took over this choir, it was a fusion of the choirs "Robin Readbreast" and the "Lerchenfelder Polit-Choir". They were about thirty people then and I had heard one of their concerts. It was so bad that I thought: "I can't do it!" But the contents were really good. So I thought: "I have to do it!" A political necessity, so to say.
Erke Duit, Conductor


Please: No more discussions! And it was completed a year ago - it is finished! And if it's not finished - well, then it is just what it is now.

The path to collective singing is paved with getting involved with one another.


One of the reasons for me to start singing was that I felt so terribly afraid of it.

I was looking for a choir using lyrics that mean something to me, because I'm not politically active otherwise. I didn't join any political party nor do I strive for a political function, but my way of thinking has changed: I've grown more sensitive and I look at things more closely.

For me this is a quite fascinating experience: I call it the encounter group "democracy".