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Not a Victim, But a Voice!

December 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

German singer Thomas Quasthoff was born in 1959 with shortened arms and legs, resulting from his mother’s thalidomide prescription for morning sickness.

With much to prevent his being “normal,” he opted for being “abnormal” – abnormally good at what no restrictions could put beyond his reach.

Standing only four feet tall, Quasthoff’s physical inability to span a piano keyboard disqualified him for enrolment at a German conservatory. Undeterred, he chose private voice training; while also studying law and working in radio and recording television voice-overs!

This diminutive bass-baritone launched his music career in 1988 after winning an international award in Munich. He began performing across Europe, and was soon drawing huge crowds to acclaimed performances, and collecting awards on both sides of the Atlantic.

Two years ago, as “artist in residence” at London’s Barbican Hall, he celebrated his 50th birthday by inviting some extremely talented friends to perform with him in a series that was titled: “Die Stimme” (The Voice – which is also the name of his autobiography.)

As a full-time voice professor in Berlin, he now performs about 50 times a year, with an expanded repertoire that inserts jazz and big-band numbers among the classics.

We could expect Quasthoff to be on the receiving end of much-deserved compassion as a victim of thalidomide. Instead, he is on the giving end of a Voice: thrilling music lovers, and inspiring talented young singers to work through any barriers between them and their own fulfillment of their God-given potential.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

(Pictures from talkclassical.com)

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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