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Seychelles Conservatoire of Performing Arts and Swedish town of Umea work on a CD compilation of Swedish and Creole songs

Seychelles Conservatoire of Performing Arts and Swedish town of Umea work on a CD compilation of Swedish and Creole songs (Forimmediaterelease.net) The exchange program between Seychelles’ Conservatoire of Performing Arts and the Swedish town of Umea gained additional impetus with the formalization of a joint project to compile a CD with voices of Swedish and Seychellois students. Professors and students of Seychelles’ School of Music were Umea in during the course of the year to teach a group of Swedish students a Creole song. Consequently three Swedish students, Elina Sandstroem, David Andersson, and Tine Aahlstroem Riklund, accompanied by a music teacher and choir conductor, were recently in Seychelles to conduct a series of workshops with Seychellois students and adults.

Officially headed by the Honorary Consul for Seychelles in Sweden, Mr. Lennart Svensson, the back-to-back workshops started with a one-week choir music workshop by internationally-recognized choir conductor Lage Forsberg. A youth choir comprised of school children aged between 16 and 25 learned to use their singing voices in an expressive manner and gained additional vocal skills. The Seychelles’ Conservatoire of Performing Arts said that it recorded a positive turn out of the choir workshop: 35 participants in total which also includes choir conductors and music teachers.

The workshop held at the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts was followed by a week-long music workshop by Thomas Fredlander, professional bass player and music teacher at Tegcentralskola in Sweden. A complete lineup of young people aged 13 to 17 years addressed the fundamental of harmony and new methods of learning music. Students were also encouraged to play new instruments and learn a Swedish song.

After three days of intense practicing, they came out with flying colors in mastering the proposed Swedish song. The Director of the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts announced that with the success of these two workshops there are plans for the young people to meet every Friday afternoon at the Conservatoire for “lively exchanges and experience the jovial and easy aspects of learning music.”

Thomas Fredlander, who is also a professional bass player, spent a day with five Seychellois bass players to go over some fundamentals of bass playing techniques with emphasis on easy-reading approaches and understanding grooves.

Meanwhile the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts has already announced its choice of a recording studio to record the Swedish and Creole songs to be featured on a newly-released CD.

PHOTO: Lage Forsberg choir conductor / Image via Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture

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