Article published in the paper-issue of Kragerø Blad Vestmar 26.7.2012
Text : Maren Olava Ask Knutsen
Found and translated by Venche Mellemstrand. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn
By the Sea
Summer Adventure for girls choir.
If there was one thing we learned when Alexander Rybak gave a concert together with our choir, it was that he liked what we did.
And it did not take long before we again had contact with him. This time it was a reunion.
The idea was summer idyll, barbecue and singing in the archipelago (skjærgården), and that’s nearly how it was.
15 July, a little bit tired Alexander, came to Jomfruland with his violin hanging over his shoulder.
Written by Kragerø Jentekor/Maren Olava Ask Knutsen
Found by Venche Mellemstrand. English translation by Tessa Lande. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn
Friday 17th of February at 17:00 we arrived in the church for rehearsal. After several weeks of practicing it was finally time for the weekend we all had been longing for. We were curious about how it would be, how Alexander Rybak was as a person, and his opinion of our choir. Rybak was delayed due to the traffic, and we therefore had time to calm down, warm up both body and voice, and in addition check through our songs. When the time was 19:30, the door opened and Alexander Rybak wandered in. “Hello!” he said and waved to us.
As most girls we giggled a bit in the beginning, but Alexander is a person who is not shy at all, and after a while it felt like we had known each other for quite a while. Several times during the first rehearsal on Friday evening he said “You are really clever!”, “This will be good!” and “Wow, I get speechless!”. After about one hour with rehearsing, we were done for the evening, and we went for pizza in the sacristy.” All the girls and Rybak! There was a good atmosphere and Alexander made sure that he spoke to all of us. He is really a guy who involves everyone.
On Saturday morning it was time for rehearsing again, and we kept on for many hours only with breaks for food, buns and soda. Alexander seemed very impressed by our choir, and our clever conductor Robert! Later that evening, several of the girls in the choir, took Alexander and the pianist Jan for a walk around the city of Kragerø, to show them the city we live in. At the end we all concluded with that Kragerø is a small, cosy town with some special names on the places here. (F.ex they found the name on the little bay in the middle of the city, “The Appendix”, funny.)