20 May 2013
...at Betel Folkhögskola!
As a final of my vocal course "On classical wings" the students at Betel Folkhögskola performed tonight the songs they've been working on. Händel, Debussy, Bach and Menotti among other classical composers were represented in the program.
18 May 2013
...work and progress!
On the final day in Mechelen, Belgium, we worked yesterday with choral composing from different angles. On the continuing work with the Young Composer's Workshop hosted by TENSO various questions came up, but mostly the question about how putting a musical idea into scores so that the written music will be sung as close to the original idea as possible!
The day ended with a performance of a piece by Joachim Brackx specially composed for TENSO. Three different performances by three different choirs of the same piece. The idea was to see how various a composition can be interpreted. The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir gave our version conducted by Fredrik Malmberg.
Now I am back home in Stockholm preparing for the last week of teaching before the Summer's break at Betel Folkhögskola. Tomorrow my students will do a concert of the songs they've been working on during the last month! Excited to hear them out!=)
17 May 2013
From Sweden to Belgium
Yesterday night was a beautiful, warm and sunny pre-summer night! Together with great Marinens Musikkår and conductor Staffan Larsson I did our Spring music program in Eksjö Church. Thank you to the audience for giving us standing ovations and for buying my record Ave Maria after the concert!=)
After the concert in Eksjö Church I went directly by car (big thanks to my father and brother for driving safely and for keeping me company!) through the forests of the south of Sweden down to Malmö for a couple of hours short sleep...!
At 4 o'clock this morning my alarm clock woke me up to get ready for the train departure at 04.40... Rise and shine....!=) Only 10 minutes from Malmö by train, on the other side of the bridge, I arrived at the Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup. Take off at 06.40.
After another 10 minutes by train I finally arrived at Mechelen at 9 o'clock. I put my things at the hotel and then went directly to the workshop for young composers organized by TENSO. The Eric Ericson Chamber Choir is the workshop instrument.
Before the dress rehearsal with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and conductor Fredrik Malmberg in the Saint Rumbold's Cathedral I got a couple of hours additional sleep...!
15 May 2013
Tonight I did together with Marinens Musikkår and conductor Staffan Larsson music for Springtime. The concert was held in Amiralitetskyrkan, Karlskrona, and included music by Nielsen, Alfvén, Sibelius, Grieg, Britten, among others! It was wonderful doing movements from "On this island" by Britten in arrangement for wind orchestra!
Tomorrow we will do this concert program again! Most welcome to Eksjö Church at 19.00!
14 May 2013
...and Marinens Musikkår
After an early morning flight from Stockholm I arrived at beautiful Karlskrona for the first rehearsal with Marinens Musikkår. Tomorrow we will do our first concert; in Amiralitetskyrkan, Karlskrona at 19.00. Most welcome to listen to music for Springtime by Nielsen, Grieg, Alfvén, Britten among others!
...and Stakholmen from another angle!