After a church service and a long bus ride we were back in Berlin where the Castle Singers started this amazing European journey. Because there was so much traffic on our way we were put far behind schedule and we had 30 minutes to warm-up, get through devo. and finish off the end of the year castle singers traditions. The church we were singing in was the zionskirche where Dietrich Bonhoeffer worked as a sort of youth pastor. It was also a center of opposition during the GDR regime when much of the artwork and design of the church has been covered to make it look more modern. This re-decoration ruined much of the original artwork. When Berlin was bombed during WWII the church was plundered by locals for firewood and protection. The church has been through many restorations but still has a sense of ruins from a troubled history. My camera does not do this description justice because even with its past the light shines in any way it’s possible.
The concert itself was a little scary at first. It was probably the smallest audience we had seen yet and they didn’t start clapping when we finished the first song. Which, as any one who has ever performed will know, that this can really ruin the mood of the singers. Even with this audience we gave one of what I believe to be our best performances. I could not have asked for anyone else to perform with such emotion.
It’s the singers in this ensemble that make my experiences at Wartburg more than worth it. They are some of the most beautiful people I have met and have given me so many reasons to want to stay at Wartburg and I couldn’t be more thankful for each and every one of them.
P.S. for the singers, Sorry for creeping all tour but I hope you like the pictures. Sorry if I don’t have one of you, it means that you move too much so all of the pics are blurry 😦 But I think everyone is in at least one picture!