2 Articles and videos from Vestfossen. March 16th and March 21st 2012

1. Article from the paper-issue of Eikerbladet march 16th 2012. Found and translated by Vigdis Nor.


Vestfossen Culture-school-concert. March 20th- 21st 2012

Count-down to the arrival of Alexander Rybak

While the main guest himself is in Nepal, the young musicians in Eiker are preparing for a big event. Wednesday there will be concert with Alexander Rybak.
There are many forces at work in both Vestfossen girl- and boys corps and Eiker String Orchestra. Since new-year, the focus has been on a joint concert with Alexander Rybak. 65 children have practiced and rehearsed on tunes as Fairytale, Europe´s skies and Funny little world.Alexander is currently in Nepal. But this coming tuesday he will come to Vestfossen. Then, there will first be some practice with all the young musicians before there will be a small school concert.
Wednesday there will be a big concert in Vestfossen Flerbrukshall. The ticket sale is already going on.
– “We have worked hard to prepare for this. It will be very big to get him to come and play with the kids. They look very much forward to it and are very excited”, says manager of Eiker String Orchestra, Ann Elin Halbjørhus.

Interview and rehearsal in Vestfossen’s school, NRK channel, 20.03.2012.

Upload by Ulli Cologne. English translation and subs by Tessa Lande.


2. Fairytale-time with Rybak.

Published on www.dt.no 21.3.2012.

Written by Vivi Skalleberg. Photos by Lisa Selin.

Link to original article:http://dt.no/kultur/eventyrtid-med-rybak-1.7142138?localLinksEnabled=false

Found by Tessa La.  Translation by Marianne Saietz

The roof almost  lifted when Alexander Rybak played “Fairytale”. But it is Wednesday evening that counts in Vestfossen.

Øvre Eiker: – ” Hi, my name is Alexander Rybak. What are your names? I will count to three and then you say your names. One, two, three…”

330 pupils from Vestfossen Children-school shout their names as loud as they can from the tribune-seats at Vestfossen Flerbrukshall.

” Very good! Now we know eachother!” – says Rybak.

It is Tuesday morning and expectant school-children, who have all brougt a pen and paper, hoping for an autograph, will get a small taste of wednesdays concert with Eiker Stringorchestra and Vestfossen girls- and boy-chorps. And of course the main character –  Alexander Rybak.


“I have wished to get the chance to play with him some day” – says Vanessa Cameren(9)” And now I get it”, smiles the young violinist, who is one of 60 young musicians and majorettes who will give concert this evening in the sportshall.


Hedda Berglien (7) has seen Rybak on TV, and finds it very cool to get to play with him. She has played some concerts before, but thinks it is a little spooky to perform for such a large audience. Cameren thinks the same: “I am really scared” – she says.

Tobias Andre Nilsen (7) thinks that right now, it is all a bit exhausting. Together with the other musicians, he has been at the hall since half past ten and it is soon afternoon now. They have already managed to rehearse for some hours but they are not done yet. The seven-year-old admits,  that it is a bit difficult to play violin, but he hopes to become as good as Rybak some day. ” But I dont want to be a celebrity”, he says.


The main-character himself has got well accustomed with life as celebrity and used to having to reject flocks of young autograph-hunters. Upfront on stage, he demonstrates for the young string-players, how they can make their movements bigger.

“Think about, that you should be a little bit like rockstars” he says to the children.


To us, he says that the most important thing is the joy.


Rybak has several times arranged his songs for string-orchestras at youth-schools and higher levels. He has not done it often at children-school level but he does it with joy. “Here, it is really about having a good time”, he says.


The concert of Tuesday could  be seen as a small general rehearsal, cause it is wednesday evening, that really matters. They will hear “Fairytale” among other songs, with Rybaks band in co-play with the young musician-sprouts.

“There is room for 650. The ticket-sale has been good but it is still possible to buy a ticket at the entrance”, says Thea Temte, who is a board-member of Eiker Stringorchestra.

The participants.

  • Eiker Stringorchestra ( ESO) is a mutual orchestra for Nedre Eiker Kulturskole and Øvre Eiker Musikk- og kulturskole. Students from 5 – 17 years.
  • Conductants: Liv Andersen and Cecilie Husevåg
  • Vestfossen girls and boy-corps.(VJGK). Children from 8 – 12 years. Conductants are Eli Molaug Odland and Eva Rupali Graven.
  • Alexander Rybak (25). Is a belorussian – norwegian musician, composer and actor. Won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.

Video from rehearsals and school-concert 20.3.2012

Found by Tessa Lande. Upload by Sonya L.

One thought on “2 Articles and videos from Vestfossen. March 16th and March 21st 2012”

  1. Thanks! He really does this well. 800 people at the concert is really fantastic:)

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