The presentation of the songbook for choir “Singing for Inner Peace” June 2022 was the last project we did with NOE. It was really very special to sing together for such a long time and I am very grateful for the many special moments and opportunities this has provided. In September 2022 we have started a new ‘choir’ and we call ourselves “Lumare”.
We associate this name, and our approach to singing, with “singing light’.
To sing in such a way that transforms the form and gives expression to that which precedes form. The source where all things arise from and return to. Well this may ‘sound’ a little bit too good to be true, but bear in mind that it is what we strive towards and have, of course, by no means accomplished. “Truly singing together”, which is a rare phenomena, may very well be the key.
We rehearse every other week on Sundays in Driebergen from 15.00 – 17.00.
NOE 2010 – 2022
NOE began as a family-choir and has evolved into a mixed choir of 12 people.
We sing simple music, such as the beautiful songs of Taizé, renaissance songs and some of my own compositions. We rehearse once every 2 weeks on Sundays from 15.00 – 17.00 in utrecht. New members are welcome.
“Singing means to learn to love.” Alfred Wolfsohn
A choir can be one of the most beautiful and moving of musical instruments. I’ve experienced often how a choir, truly singing together, seems to rekindle a collective soul, like a flock of birds moving in perfect unison. Perhaps the essence of making music is the transcendence of form, of both the music and the musical instrument… Rising above form creates an opening to the mysteries of life and of love and may lift – if even for a short while – the veil of separation. The greater part of our repertory is relatively easy to sing. The great advantage of singing short and repetitive songs is that they make it attainable for every choir to transcend form. Listening with our heart and senses may very well be the key…
I regularly work with vocal groups, choirs and other groups of people who (want to) sing together.