Making music in the coronavirus age
As a result of coronavirus, part of the Ostkreuz Campus is temporarily being used in a way that was not at all expected. Now that the former car showroom has made way for the modern offices that will be built here, the location became, over several weeks in the Autumn, a welcome rehearsal space for Berlin’s amateur music scene. Sinking temperatures meant that rehearsals and performances by Berlin’s amateur choirs and orchestras had to move inside. In the age of coronavirus restrictions, finding areas large enough that they could maintain social distancing was no simple task for the musicians. The Pandion office in Berlin generously offered the 5,000 m2 hall of the former car dealership on what is now the Ostkreuz Campus to the amateur musicians to use free of charge.
Organised by the rehearsal and perfomance coordinators from the Berlin state music council, the unusual rehearsal room was quickly used to capacity. In the large hall, not only could the guidelines for the rehearsals be followed but the acoustics and accessibility were right too. Vocalist Johannes Pflaum was one of the first to benefit from the rooms. He was impressed: “Since June, the vocalists have only been able to rehearse outside. After searching long and without success by ourselves for rehearsal rooms, we are very pleased to finally have a positive response”.