and guests of Neukölln's International Choir performed
many of the favourite English Christmas Carols at the
annual bazaar of the Berlin Civil Servants' Building Association
(BWV) in Rother Park. All of the proceeds went to charitable
organisations dedicated to children and youth.
Ingo Bathow had brought a branch of the holly plant, which
is as important in British Yuletide lore as the conifers
are on the Continent. As German florists have not yet
discovered the holly (ilex aquifolium L.) for Christmas
decorations, most listeners confused this plant with the
mistletoe (viscum album L.).
caroling service was repeated at the Albert-Schweitzer-School
in Berlin-Neukölln, where the International Choir
has its seat for rehearsals. Here the teachers proved
quite knowledgeable and immediately identified the holly
plant. Talented people in Berlin who love singing (or
playing in the orchestra) in a multilingual, multicultural
environment should send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- as the choir has a spectacular programme of English
and German favourites coming up such as Handel's "Zadok"
and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".