October 19th, 2016
The Letter is O for The OBERNKIRCHEN CHILDREN'S CHOIR
In Germany the Obernkirchen Children's Choir
translated as Schaumburger's Fairy Tale Singers.
The choir was founded by Edith Moller and Ema Pielsticker in 1949
for war orphans.
The choir received an invitation to participate
in the "international Eisteddfod"
a choir competition in Llangollen, Wales.
They won first prize!
In 1953 a BBC radio broadcast of the choir's winning performance
of the song
Der frohliche Wanderer (The Happy Wanderer)
at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
turned the song into an instant hit.
It stayed on the UK Singles Chart for
twenty-eight consecutive weeks.
They made two appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show
in 1964 and 1966.
The choir still exists today
with new generations of singers continuing the work of its pioneers
The Old Steam Train
recorded in 1974
and a more challenging piece of music
More fascinating Os here at ABC Wednesday
with thanks to Roger, Denise, Leslie
and all their observant and obedient