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Hammond Family Update - July 2014 PDF Print E-mail


Dear family and friends

Singing in Berlin

Last night, our daughter Daniela, as part of the Cape Town Youth Choir, sang in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche). The original Lutheran church on this site was built in the 1890s. The foundation stone was laid 22 March 1891, which was Kaiser Wilhelm I's birthday. The church was designed in the Romanesque Revival style with a spire 113m (371 feet) high and seating over 2,000 people. The church was consecrated 1 September 1895. During the Second World War, on the night of 23 November 1943, the church was irreparably damaged in an air raid. The badly damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a Memorial Hall. Daniela sang in the new cathedral next to the old spire in Berlin.

Europe Choir Tour

On Sunday, the Cape Town Youth Choir sang at the St. Thomas Becket Anglican Church in Hamburg. On Monday they sang at the Miralles Saal. Tonight they will be singing at the Church of St. Simon and Jude in Prague, then on to St. Martins Cathedral in Bratislava, and the Primatial Palaca.

World Choir Festival

Then the choir is off to the Choir Olympics in Riga, Latvia. There they are to sing at St. Peter's Church, at the Great Hall and at Sigulda Castle. The 8th World Choir Games is the world's largest choir competition, which brings together 15,000 choristers and 300 choirs from over 60 countries. They have been preparing for this event for well over a year, and we know this will be an experience of a life-time for Daniela!