Written by Elin Larsson. Photo by Robert Granström/Propictures.
Published in the “Folkbladet.nu” 17.02.2013.
Found by Ulli C. Translated by Ingegerd Claesson. Revision by Anni Jowett.
By the side of the Melodifestivalen semifinal in Skellefteå a concert was held on Sunday in connection with the 50 year anniversary of the Skellefteå music school. For some time 160 students from Skellefteå, Umeå and Lycksele have been learning the repertoire at their home towns to meet on Saturday to rehearse together. Also in place on Saturday and the Sunday concert was the one who had been in the focus for the selection of songs, nobody less than Alexander Rybak.
With a concert that spans over so many different ages and the youngest are so young that you almost fear that ear plugs will be necessary, is it fun to get your prejudices tipped over. For even if they weren’t so sure of their instruments , there were no squeaking notes sounding in the hall. Instead it was completely adorable when the youngest lined up and began the concert and after that go up to the balcony to rest until it was time for the final with ”Fairytale”.
After the first melody it’s time for the older students with Rybak leading the performance. It’s a concert that spans over all kinds of genres like classical, pop, jazz and rock in a wonderful mix and Rybak is there all the time to encourage and support his fellow musicians. It is nice that the students themselves are given space like when Moa Lindholm plays the violin while Rybak plays the piano and sings Billy Joel’s song ”Always a woman”, which was just one of the highlights of the evening.