Billie in Norway: Visiting Defrost Youth Choir

Jun 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Choir Events, European Choir Games, Personal Reports, Top Post

Defrost Youth Choir (Photo: Billie Hylton)

Defrost Youth Choir (Photo: Billie Hylton)

Hello from Norway!

I arrived in an unusually sunny Oslo on Monday afternoon after leaving my house very very early (5:15am!) and saying goodbye to my family. From the airport I got the train to the lovely town Hamar where I am staying.

I spent my first evening having dinner with the choir manager and his daughter (who has sung in the choir since it started) and they told me lots about the preparations for Graz.

Defrost Youth Choir (previously known as EDTChoir) was started only 18 months before they travelled to Cincinnati last year and won two gold medals at the 7th World Choir Games.

My first full day in Norway was spent looking round Hamar and walking along the lovely lake, and also watching a female marching band, who were celebrating 100 years since women got the vote here.

At 4:30pm I met the Defrost choir at Hamar Domkirke and watched their rehearsal. The age range is 13 to 25 and they rehearse twice a week. It was really exciting to listen to their programme for the European Choir Games and watch them work on it with conductor Thomas Caplin. I really enjoyed talking to members of the choir, asking what they like about singing and whether they are studying music or not.

The concert followed at 7:30pm and it was a huge success. The audience commented on how much progress the choir have made recently and what struck me was that the choir singers are really fun to watch and are all obviously enjoying themselves.

I am looking forward to the rest of my time in Norway and the upcoming rehearsal and concert with this talented choir!

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