In the end the repertoire consisted of thirty pieces of music. The women used their
voices as an instrument and so together they formed the" vocal orchestra". There
were thirty members in the choir, Dutch, British and Australian women. September
27th 1943 the vocal orchestra gave its first concert after which many concerts
After the liberation the survivors of the orchestra scattered all over the world.
The scraps of papers on which the music was written have been saved and given into
custody to Stanford University in California.
One of the survivors of the camp, Helen Colijn, wrote a book about her camp
experiences and the vocal orchestra, called:
Song of Survival
How to survive in a women's prisoners'camp
By this book the music got alive again and turned up with Women's Choir Malle
Babbe, which resulted in a first concert October 25th 1989. During this concert
Helen Colijn read out from her book. On request of Helen Colijn, Women's Choir
Malle Babbe recorded the vocal orchestra on a CD in April 1995 called: Song of
Survival. The CD and the history behind it got, and still gets, a lot of
attention from all over the world.