Tilburg, 18 June 2020 – Middle Choir Katharsis celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 June 2020. The choir was founded in the year 2000 by Albert van der Woerd in studio Elim in Tilburg, connected to the Elim community of the Brothers CMM.
The brothers had started this music studio to stimulate the development of new church music, mainly for young people and young adults.
Katharsis consists of members between 25 and 50 years old. The choir is under the musical direction of conductor Martin Hoondert and pianist Paul Overman. Because of the current guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic, the group was not able to meet physically to celebrate the anniversary, but via a videoconference connection they could still celebrate ‘together’.
“Today, 20 years ago, we met with 8 or 9 people. There was a common desire, a desire to start something new. We wanted, together with other young people from ‘generation X’, to look for new forms of being a church, for other forms of celebrating. We wanted to compose new liturgical music, write texts, dust off church rituals and develop new rituals. We wanted to experiment, push the boundaries, cross them and also remain faithful to what we believed in. It was quite an adventure and we have achieved many good things. Today is a day of celebration and of great gratitude for all the opportunities we received from the Brothers CMM. We’re celebrating with each other, from a distance, but connected wholeheartedly!”
Katharsis Choir and Albert