Author: Inger Helen Wien
Translated by Tessa Lande. Revised by Anni Jowett.
Musical Summer School
in the School’s Music Facilities
This week, 37 young pianists, strings, singers and drummers from all across the country gathered in the music facilities of Ringerike high school. The young talents find motivation and joy in spending part of their summer to become better musicians. Music teachers and performing musicians like Jørgen Tangen Bendiksen, Anders Langset, Erik Smith, Ingvild Hasund, Alexander Rybak and the father of the music school, Jørn Atle Støa are instructors. The goal is a concert on the last day of the course, where friends and family are invited as the audience.
Alexander Rybak gave the youngsters some good advice along the way. He has played the violin for 20 years, and could draw from his experience. Rybak won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “Fairytale”, which he wrote himself. He told the young musicians that he, as a composer and lyricist, always starts to compose the melody before writing text to it.
A musician should always be well prepared for their performances.
– “Go through what you are going to say and do on stage before the concert,” was good advice the summer school students got from the experienced musician. Rybak went on to say to the young people that they should only count on themselves. Check, for example, with the audio and lights people if everything is in order before the concert. Practice mentally each tone and text line so that you know it well enough to manage even if you get nervous. Exercise also to cope with nerves, do breathing exercises and strengthening confidence by saying to yourself, “You are good at this.”
– “Think about who you will play for,” Alexander said to his attentive audience. Communication is very important, and the song selection and stage performance must be established for the target audience. You play something else for elderly people in a nursing home than at a rock festival for young people.
Judging from the sound coming from the ensemble rooms, there was top effort from the students and instructors, so friends and family can really look forward to the final concert on Friday.