Article: “Sang for a fully packed church”. Dec.10th 2012

Article published in the paper-issue of Smaalenenes avis 10.12.2012

Written by Astrid Helen Holm

Found by and picture-scans by Ida Brøske Kleven. Translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Katie Anderson

Star Team: Alexander Rybak (left), Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen provided the pre-Christmas mood in Eidsberg church with “Strømmestiftelsens” pre-Christmas concert.

Sang for a fully packed church

Tearful and welcome pre-Christmas tradition in Eidsberg Church.

Crowded bench rows and an audience moved to tears, testified that the 25 year old Christmas concert, “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” is a welcome pre-Christmas tradition to many people.
Alexander Rybak, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen, Marian Aas Hansen and Rune Larsen. It was the real team of star artists that Saturday afternoon,  that made people attend the musical experience experience in Eidsberg church.

The pre-Christmas concert is a 25 year old tradition, and part of an entire Christmas tour. It is “Strømmestiftelsen”, who works with developmental assistance in developing countries, who is behind this nationwide event. Eidsberg church was filled to the brim on saturday, so there is no doubt there will be a good income from the tickets.

Familiar Christmas repertoire

Any pre-Christmas concert with respect for itself, contains a series of songs that are almost mandatory. “Deilig er jorden”, “Stille Natt”, or “Glade Jul” and “O, Helga Natt!”  This was also the case in Eidsberg church, but the artists had, in addition, also selected several numbers that are not primarily carols. However, Rune Larsen pointed out that many of them still have a typical Christmas message as a theme. That legitimized Tor Endresen’s performance of “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which perhaps primarily is associated with the football club, “Liverpool Supporters”. But the most tears were shed among the audience, when Elisabeth Andreassen sang “Gabriella’s song” from the Swedish film “Så som i himmelen”.

Good dice

The audience was very pleased with the concert and gave several sixes on “Smaalenenes Avis’s “ public dice. The charmer Alexander Rybak, was clearly the most popular among the younger part of the audience, while grown up ladies gave Tor Endresen’s version of “O Helga Natt!” as the reason why they had taken the trip to Eidsberg church this cold pre-christmas day

Picture left: Fully packed: There were not many seats left for those who would accidentally drop by at the pre-Christmas concert in Eidsberg church.
Picture right: Wanted to engage the audience: The bunch on stage wanted the audience to sing a long, and they succeeded.

 The audience’s review

A NICE FOUR: The two young girls liked Alexander Rybak the best, and gave the concert a four.

TOP MARKS: Tor Endresen’s version of “O Helga Natt” was the reason why these teenage girls gave the concert full pot.

CLEAR VERDICT: This little girl rolled a clear six-star and pointed out Alexander Rybak’s version of “Vi tenner våre lykter” as the definitive highlight.

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