Article: “Filled the church with Christmas songs”. Dec.14th 2012

Article published on 14.12.2012. Link to original article here

Written by Sindre Trygsland. Photo: Atle Møller

Found by Krystyna Khalidi. Translation by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The quintet consisting of Alexander Rybak (from left), Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Rune Larsen performed Christmas songs in front of an almost packed Sandefjord Church.

Filled the church with Christmas songs.

There were few empty seats in Sandefjord Church when “Stille Natt Hellige Natt” was visiting Friday.

The quintet consisting of Rune Larsen, Marian Aas Hansen, Tor Endresen, Elisabeth Andreassen and Alexander Rybak attracted hundreds of people of all ages in Christmas mood to the Christmas concert.
It was Alexander Rybak who had the honour of opening a program, fully packed of traditional Christmas songs, as he started with the classic “Glade Jul” on the violin, before the quintet’s four remaining members joined with vocals.

Producer and founder of “Stille Natt, Hellige Natt,” Tor Arne Ranghus can tell us about sold-out concerts across the country. He can explain, why the 25-year-old traditional Christmas concert attracts so many people.
– “It is five amazing and talented artists, who represent diverse forms of music”, he says.
– “At the same time, it is an important ritual to many, to visit the church during the Christmas celebrations. This concert is a great opportunity to visit it in a quiet and peaceful setting”.

People never get tired of Elisabeth “Bettan” Andreassen

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