Member of the Nord Pazifischer Sängerbund
The History of the Choir
It was in the early spring of 1970 when a few friends gathered
in the basement of Mr. Joe Baumglartner, who also played the accordion, with
the intention of forming a small singing group. The purpose of it was to share
some time together singing well known folksongs. At the same time, Mr. Lambert
Laturnus, then already 80 years young,
volunteered to direct and
practise with these few voices.
Fritz and Kaethe Blume were kind and hospitable enough to offer their house as a meeting place for our practices. Under the able guidance of Fritz Blume and also some helpful choir directors, our singing circle started to grow. Our abilities also grew and subsequently we began to perform successfully in front of groups of people.
As membership continued to grow it was made obvious that we had to look for larger premises. Unfortunately, Fritz Blume took very ill and couldn't take part in our success, nonetheless he was still able to come up with our present name "Liedertafel" before he sadly departed from our midst.
With growing member participation the desire was expressed to
seek professional guidance and perhaps hire a Choir Director and Pianist.
Meanwhile, the choir reached a membership of 60 people and had
to find a new suitable location where to meet for practices. We found a new
home at the German Canadian Harmonie Club in Kelowna where we hope we'll be
able to stay for a long time to come.
During February of 1990, the "Liedertafel" celebrated it's 20th anniversary at which time three long time members received an honourary membership. The three members were: Mrs. Kaethe Blume, Paul Fischer and Richard Person. Soon after, the membership expressed the wish to travel to Europe to reconnect with choirs who have come to Canada and Kelowna on previous occasions. Due to the commitment of our board this wish became a reality and we were privileged to travel and perform in several German cities. After completion of the 10-day concert tour, the choir traveled by bus through France, Switzerland, Italy, South Tyrol and Austria. It was a memorable trip about which participating members will talk for a long time to come. After having returned to Kelowna, new challenges awaited us and needed to be mastered. Out of a small group a large choir emerged, of which we are proud, and we hope to continue to sing and perform for the next 25 years. This summary was an attempt to describe the start-up and development of the "Liedertafel" as best as we could. Undoubtedly, many incidents may have been overlooked and we ask for your understanding. Also, we hope that someone will continue to record the future events of this group.
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