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The History of the Obernkirchen Children's Choir

June 1, 1974: 25th anniversary celebration - Erna Pielsticker and Edith Möller

The story of the Obernkirchen Children’s Choir

is exciting and rich in detail. We have divided them into useful sections for better readability.
The previously known discography is then listed.

The short version is suitable for a brief overview:

Detailed representations:
On the road around the world 1960 – 1969
Lasting success 1970-1975
The choir has to live on from 1975 to 1980
A newbeginning 1980-1994
Information about the current choir is available on the
music school website at
All articles have been created to the best of our knowledge. Documents come from various sources and are evaluated in the “Wicklein Archive”. The archive includes information from public archives and publishers, interviews with contemporary witnesses, photos, newspaper articles, concert programs, letters, diaries and documented reports.
We look forward to additions or corrections and ask all former members of the Schaumburg Fairy Tale Singers for further material. Contributions are always welcome.
June 6, 1974:
Kurt Weinhold, Edith Möller, Elsbeth Weinhold, Peter Baner and Erna Pielsticker

The film “The Happy Wanderer”, shot by the Berolina Film Studios in 1955, has been digitized and published on DVD in the “Jewels of Film History” series.
There is also said to be an English version of this film.
Where ? Is not known.


In addition to the choir history, the biographies of the choir directors and important personalities can also be found here.

From the first phase of the choir:

Erna Pielsticker
James Benner

“Der Fröhliche Wanderer”: Die wahre Geschichte

From the phases of the choir as part of the music school Schaumburger Märchensänger e.V .:
Friedrich-Wilhelm Tebbe
Kai-Uwe Jirka
Volker Arendts
Sascha Davidovich

Unlinked topics are still waiting for their author.

around 1990: Youngest choir of the Obernkirchen Children's Choir

Discography since 1948

These photo links show the variety of sound carriers produced. From the first phase of the choir under Edith Möller:

LPs – records
Part 1Part 2 and Part 3

Singles – records
Part 1Part 2 and Part 3

MCs – music cassettes

Between 1953 and 1955, 20-30 shellac records (78rpm) were released by Parlophone, Angles Records, Odeon, Decca, Electrola.
From 1956 about 30 different singles (mostly new editions) were added, which at the time were only available in paper bags without a cover. These are not listed here.

From the phases of the choir as part of the music school Schaumburger Märchensänger e.V.
(mainly under Friedrich Wilhelm Tebbe):

LPs – records

CDs – compact discs
Part 1 and Part 2
(Part 2 under Kai-Uwe Jirka and Volker Arendts)
In addition, well over 100 LPs and CDs were archived, Samples (compilations) with other artists. These are also not listed here.