VASTERVIK:A lot of preparation culminated in a strong concert with 130 children and young people. The icing on the cake – and inspiration – was the world artist Alexander Rybak.
Text to picture: Great mood. Alexander Rybak, the string students from the community and students from the culture school delivered a great show. Photo Andreas Johansson
Source.: vt.se published 11.02.17. Text and photo: Andreas Johansson
For the big masses Alexander Rybak is best known as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow. With his song “Fairytale” he superiorly won the whole competition, thanks to the cheerful violin playing. But that was some years ago, now Rybak plays and inspires over the whole world, and on Saturday it was a different audience who would be charmed, the one in Västervik.
It all began when the orchestra group in Västervik was looking for an inspirational project for music interested children and adolescents.
– We applied and received money from the Savings Bank Foundation and from the municipality, says Richard Case Lindquist, spokesman of the orchestra group in Västervik, and also string teacher at the music school.
The projects have been going on for a long time, schools and music students from throughout the county have practised the repertoire in their home environments. On Friday a two-day camp began for string students, based in Vastervik. Here all met and practised together for two days. About 80 string students from Hultsfred, Västervik, Kalmar and Oskarshamn have been present. Together with students from the culture school, they represent the 130-strong orchestra and entertainment group.
During the camp, and Friday and Saturday’ s concerts, Alexander Rybak was present and practised, inspired and played.
– He’s a good teacher, he’s funny, says Sebastian Gaugere from Västervik. He and his sister Wenessa have practised diligently for the concert.
– We’ve been practising at least a quarter a day before the camp, says Wenessa.
The interest has been skyrocketing, Peter Andersson from the culture school says they could even sold out one more performance.
And Västervik theatre and conference was really full.
Several nice songs were performed before the break, including “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele. The singers, the orchestra and the music and dance students really got to show their skills, and they even found space for dancers on the stage.
Alexander Rybak himself is relaxed and charming. The audience can sing along to his songs, and he plays captivating and beautiful folk melodies from Norway on his violin, amplified by the orchestra.
– Here on the stage are the future stars, if you take care of them, says Rybak.
Then it was time for the string students. 80 youngsters with a bow in their hand, playing happily and well prepared. And when all join in “Fairytale” it’s almost like the proud relatives bursting in their seats. So understandable.