(K. Brent Tomer),
MDR, A radio station in Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, recently joined the global celebrations of its son Martin Luther. Even 500 years ago, the rebellious monk was as well-known for his 35 hymns as his “95 Theses”. MDR launched a choir competition for church choirs in the three states, inviting them to audition by submitting a recording of themselves performing Luther’s hymn “A mighty Fortress is our God”.
Detlef Rentsch, head of the MDR’s Luther celebrations, says the hymn was an obvious choice: “‘A mighty Fortress’ is the ‘Marseillaise’ of the Reformation,” he declares, quoting Heinrich Heine, a 19th-century writer. Celebrating it by means of a choir competition was also a logical choice; in the past five years or so, the popularity of choir competitions has proliferated. Between 2011 and 2016 Interkultur, one of the world’s leading organisers of international choir competitions, increased its European festivals from two to five as the number of participating choirs…Continue reading