Performing classical songs in different ways

My singing students in action during dress rehearsal at Bromma Folkhögskola

I am so proud of my singing students at Bromma Folkhögskola! Yesterday they did a wonderful performance...

Hannah Holgersson during teaching at Bromma Folkhögskola
Hannah Holgersson during teaching at Bromma Folkhögskola

...of classical songs from the romantic era as a first concert project of the school year. My goal with the project was to discover the inner drama of each song by working with questions as who you are, where you come from, why you are here and where you are going?
The result was amazing! The students made different improvised stories out of their given songs, and it was a privilege for me linking each drama and song together with another into a full performance! The concert/performance was called "Romance at a buss stop - a meeting on the way", and included songs by Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Stenhammar, Giulio Caccini, Jean Sibelius, Franz Schubert, Gustaf Nordqvist, Roger Quilter, Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns, Fernando Obradors and Francis Poulenc.

The best feedback from the audience was the "positive experience of classical music in this way of performing" and "the feeling of a relaxed classical concert"!
Big thanks to all my students for being brave and enthusiastic in this first project of ours! =) And my warmest thanks to my dear colleague and pianist Göran Nygren for your fantastic playing and support!

Performing singing students:
Isabella Amundsen, Erika Dahlberg, Sebastian Lundkvist, Dariel Riera, Frida Rålin, Emma Österberg
Performing pianists:
Emil Andersson, Siri Grive, Hanna Sverlander, Kristina Wiström
Teacher and main pianist: Göran Nygren

Bromma Folkhögskola

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