joyful voices, that means about 35-40 singers and their band, born between 1954 and 1994. They appear on stage as Joyful Voices since 1993.
Their name was chosen in accordance to a text of a gospel song they once had in their repertoire. Mainly all singers are former or active students of the school "Gymnasium in den Filder Benden" in Moers. Some members however haven't been pupils of that school but are nevertheless affected by singing together.
The choir and the band are managed by Ernst Ickler, former music and english teacher at the aforementioned school.
what we sing...
We rely on a broad variety of spirituals, gospels and rock and pop acts which are adapted for choir and band.
We direct our concerts on our own. We try to set courses in religious masses and cultural events and are proud to be known not only in Moers.
We have already produced and published more than 10 CDs as well as live recordings of concerts.
our history ...
Our history already started in 1985 when a group of senior students took part in a choir camp organised in Berlin. This event was the reason to form a unique senior student choir apart from the already existing school choir. Today, many students are still close to the choir although they have left school.
Due to relative slight member changes, continous work was possible within the choir. Due to that joyful voices's repertoire increased steadily.
A new project was born and in 1993 the group decided to create a new, own name - joyful voices - without a direct connection to the school.
Ramla 1993 (Israel/Twin town of Moers)
Concert trip as "musical ambassadors" of Moers
Berlin 1995 / 1996 / 1998 / 1999 / 2001 / 2003 / 2005 / 2010 / 2013 / 2019
Concerts in a parish in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and at the first church congress 2003 and - since 2010 - in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche. In 2019 as a family trip with partner and children
Caen (France) 1995
Visit of twin school - concerts in different churches
Concert trip at the invitation of the United Church of Christ in Wisconsin;
Concert at Harlem School of Arts in New York
Bielefeld: 2000 / 2002 / 2004
Tribute concert of Lion's Club Bielefeld-Sennestadt
Two-week concert trip / Concerts in Bengtsfors, Enköping and in the German Church in Stockholm
another two-week concert trip to Denmark & Sweden
Concerts in Copenhagen, Goteborg, Nås, Litslena and in the German Church in Stockholm
South Germany / Prague 2008
10-days concert trip to South Germany and Prague
Concerts in Büchenbeuren, Nürnberg, Prague, Straubing, Moorenweis
Duisburg 1993 / 1995 / 2006
Contribution to the Christmas party of the sheltered workshop of Caritas Niederrhein
Pregroup of The Jackson Singers
Contribution to programme Tach zusammen of Hanns Dieter Hüsch
Moers 1995 / 1997 / 1999 / 2001
Moers-Repelen, 1998-2008 anually
Participation in the "Dorffest" (Village Party) with Worship/Concert
Balve 1999 / 2001 / 2003
Concerts at the Cave of Balve (biggest event-cave in europe)
Joint concert with Reflex Choir from Norway, celebrating Joyful Voices' 10th anniversary
Duisburg-Nord / Country-Park 2005
Concert in the fascinating scenery of a former Cast House
again a concert with Reflex Choir from Norway, this time celebrating Joyful Voices' 15th anniversary
Büchenbeuren 2008 / 2010 / 2012
Concerts in the parish of a former Moers pastor
3rd concert with Reflex Choir from Norway, celebrating Joyful Voices' 20th anniversary
Tana Gospel Choir & "United Workshop Gospel Choir" 2016
Concert with the Tana Gospel Choir from Madagaskar and four gospel choirs from the Lower Rhine Area in the festival hall of Moers
Duisburg-Nord / Country-Park 2017
Participation in the "Extraschicht" with two appearances in front of an enthusiastic audience at the "Hochofenkarré"
Concert with the Tana Gospel Choir from Madagaskar
4th concert with Reflex Choir from Norway