“The Perfect Birthday Present For The Fiddler”

Hello dear friends!

As you know, Alexander’s birthday is just around the corner. We have been thinking for quite some time now of what we could give him as a present. What could you possibly give a young guy who seems to have it all and more?

Alexander once said that the reason he makes music is because he wants to see people smile. He achieved it with us: Since we have been listening to him telling us his “Fairytales” with songs, fiddle and Frikar, we got happier (a bit too much for our neighbors, one might say ;))

Fact is, he made a change!


So what we can give Alexander Rybak for his 24th birthday is more people and children smiling back at him. More people being thankful for his existence, thankful for his participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2009, thankful for writing and sharing his “Fairytale” with the world, (thankful for making a page on facebook) – thankful for making their own fairytales come true!

Ladies and gentlemen !

Hereby, we officially announce the start of the project

“The Perfect Birthday Present For The Fiddler”!

We believe that it would be a perfect present for Alexander to collect money for a charity project that is close to his heart!

From today’s day until May 12th 2010 (one day before Alexander Rybak’s birthday), we (the audience and fans of Alexander Rybak) are DONATING and are trying to RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE for a very special project running by “Valdres Sommersymfoni” in Norway – the project is called “PLAYING FOR THE FUTURE”.

“Valdres Sommersymfoni” is an international, distinguished summer school of classical music for children and teenagers. But “Valdres Sommersymfoni” is also much more than that! The school created a fund and organizes big concerts festivals with famous Norwegian performers (and Alexander Rybak is one of them) to raise money for their charity project “Playing for a Future”.

The money that they raise with the concert festivals makes it possible for Valdres summer school to give underprivileged children whose parents can’t afford the tuition fee and the travelling costs a scholarship. Thus the young musicians have the opportunity to play with the “Playing for a Future” symphony and receive training in the summer school.

Moreover, the summer school supports music education projects in poor countries. As a first project, they cooperated with the “Redefine Western Cape Project” in Cape Town (South Africa). The project, led by Ronnie Saamai, collects children from poor areas in and around the city. The children receive free training on an instrument. Ronnie Saamai, South Africa’s foremost violin teacher has dedicated his life to helping children and puts countless hours into working with the children.

This year, the project will be extended to Palestina, Jordan, Vietnam and Brazil.

By giving underprivileged children a musical education, providing them with music instruments and making it possible for them to get to know and spend time with famous professional intsrumentalists, “Valdres Sommersymfoni” gives those children an alternative to a life in poverty and a hope for a better and brighter future.

Last year, in 2009,  after his victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow and at the peak of his popularity Europe-wide, Alexander Rybak came to Valdres to be the ambassador for “Playing for a Future”. He performed together with symphony of young musicians at the festival which raised more money because people came to hear him. This year, the fiddler is coming again to Valdres – to do good.

And we want to do good, as well – because music makes a change!

We are over 68 000 people on Alexander Rybak’s Official Facebook Page.

If each of us donated just 1 euro, we would make a difference today!

Let’s give Alexander the gift of a child’s smile, whose fairytale came true because he is here and because we helped!


If you want to help, please send money (no matter how little, but more is even better and cordially welcomed) until May 12th to the following account.* On May 13th, Valdres Sommersymfoni is going to inform Alexander and us about how much we raised:

Account-holder: Nor-Aurdal kommune (municipality)

Account no.: 6182.05.39523

Bank address: Nordea Bank Norge Asa, postboks 1166 Sentrum, 0107 Oslo. 

Swift/bic: NDEANOKK

IBAN: NO6361820539523

Mark the payment:
«Donation for Playing for a Future»

Alex worked as an instructor in Valdres summer school in the summer 2009:

(“Playing for a Future” concert:)

(the fiddler meets mini fiddlers in Valdres:)


* The money goes directly (!) to the fund “Playing for a Future” created by Valdres Sommersymfoni.

** For more information about the project “Playing for a Future”, visit the website of Valdres Sommersymfoni,  please. Click here for the original http://www.sommersymfoni.no/index.asp?id=27564

and here for the google translation http://translate.google.dk/translate?js=y&prev=_t&hl=da&ie=UTF-8&layout=1&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvaldres.laboremus.no%2Findex.asp%3Fid%3D27564&sl=no&tl=en. You can also read Marianne’s translation of an article Valdres sent us:  http://www.alexanderrybaknews.com/2010/04/15/valdres-sommersymphoni-and-its-project-playing-for-a-future/

*** If you have further questions, you can contact Valdres Sommersymfoni here: post@sommersymfoni.no















71 thoughts on ““The Perfect Birthday Present For The Fiddler””

  1. @ Anna 🙂

    Anna -- To send money to another country you need the:

    -- name of the account holder
    -- swift/bic number
    -- iban number

    of the receiver.
    If you do online banking, I am sure you will find lots of information there about sending money to another country.

    I hope I could help.

  2. @Elin: I think I see wht you mean, but the point here is that the money doesn’t go to Alexander. It’s for a good project who helps younger people play. And that is why he would like it! 😀
    Is that not true(?).

  3. well…. i don´t know if it is a good idea to raise money for alex….well for example: if so many people raising money to buy for me such a big present I would have a bad feeling, I would have a guilty conscience.

    Maybe alex would be happy…but well..yeah XD don´t really know how to say it 😀

  4. This is a great idea, I will join and donate, no problem between bank accounts in Norway. My only worry is that it seems so expensive to transfer money from abroad.

  5. This is a wonderful idea, for sure! 🙂
    I hope everything will be just great, and that this planet will have one big smile on 13th of May when “Valdres Sommersymfoni inform Alexander and us about how much we raised” 🙂
    Looking forward to it! This is very, oh, so very lovely…. 🙂 <3

  6. Wow. This is wonderful. A wonerful project, really. A fantastic gift.
    My eyes are filled with tears. Thank you so much, people, for coming with this fantastic idea. It’s … wonderful!
    I’m sure we’ll raise a lot of money together.
    Thank you for the initiative, and thanks to everybody who helps!

  7. Great idea! I’m a bit retarded right now (as usual :P), but I’m not sure which nr I’m supposed to use if I wan’t to donate money through the internetbank.. I’m from Sweden and I would be very grateful if some Swedish person could tell me which nr I’m supposed to use 🙂

  8. Thank you for this great idea. This shows how special the fans of Alex are. You have the same warm heart as Alex have. I am so impressed -- again. I think Alex will be honoured. I will of course donate to this good project.

  9. Hi guys! Great idea girls!! I’ll try to get and send much money as possible!! ..would be great do this kind of things, not just for a birthday gift, music, as you said, makes a change, I hope this is the start of a lot of funds charity projects 😉 greetings from México! ÁNIMO!! 😀

  10. =) (Саша встречается с маленькими скрипачами в Valdres:) Это моё самое любимое видео )))) Спасибо девчонки вам за идею подарка и за предоставленную возможность поучаствовать в этом проекте

  11. I think this is the best gift the Smurf can have. It will last, it will give many children the pleasure of music, and no one knows better than Alexander how vital and important music can be in a person’s life.

    *waiting for pay day…*

  12. Oh my God, what a wonderfully brilliant idea!!!
    This will most definitaly be an AMAZING gift, to the amazing person he is 🙂
    I’m sooooo in.

    And Irena -- Seems you never seize to impress me :))
    Almost can’t believe I’ve met such wonderful persons, this past year, through his music and Fb.

    Hugs of gratefulness to all of you! Especially to the genious(es?) behind this idea and initiative.

    1. Sanna -- it was not my idea and my part in the project is a small one: as always FaceBookies work as a team and what they achieve is always team effort!
      I am so happy to have all of you on board!

      @ The person who had this great great great idea -- do you read all of this here? :))) Thank you for your friendship, dear!

  13. Thanks Irena, Dont worry, we are English!

    I have talked to my parents, But they say no. 🙁 Really sorry, I will keep trying but they are persistant.

    Sorry to sommersymfoni and Alex. 🙁

  14. Well, I also don’t have my bank account (I’m 16) but I think my parents will let me use theirs if it’s in a good cause 🙂
    That’s great idea, I’m sure the fiddler will be proud of us 🙂

  15. Wow, great idea. i hope i can donate something, if my parents will allow to… i think w will make Alex really happy if we will do this!!! I think for is it the maybe the best present he can get!!! Nice plan facebookies!!!!

  16. @ Em -- that is really very kind and sweet of you!! You already made one person smile -- me! Please talk to your parents first and tell them about the project: maybe they will find it important and help you.

    Where are you from? We are making translations of this post to different languages. You could give your parents to read it in their own language.

  17. Yeah, i have the same problem as Em…i don’t have a bank account, and mum and dad wont let me use theirs… but, great idea anyway 😀

  18. This is a Brilliant Idea, guys!


    How can I donate If I do not have a bank account? I am only 14,, and Both mum and dad refuse to let me use theirs?

  19. Brilliant!

    It’s a great pleasure to give something back to Alexander Rybak -- a marvellous musician, a true music ambassador -- and a generous and lovely young man.

    Thank you, Facebookies!

  20. it’s a perfect idea! i know what this means cause when i was little i couldn’t fulfill my inner dreams because of the money…so it is sad , frustrating to want to do something good with your life and not be able to do it because of the money …it’s a perfect gift !

  21. Teodora -- it shouldn’t be a problem where-ever you are. I just called to my bank (i’m in poland) and there some nice lady explained me how to do this 🙂

  22. Отличная идея. Саша воплощение доброты и света, Он нам дарит радость и мы ему должны дарить тепло.

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