Emil i Lönneberga
The first third of 2019 has been exciting! This summer I’ll have the pleasure of collaborating with a new summer theater in Jämtland called Höglunda Teater. They're working on a production of Astrid Lindgren’s famous Emil of Lönneberga. I’ll be designing and manufacturing costumes for some of the main characters. The biggest challenge is getting the children’s sizes right and sewing headwear. Many of my classmates in design school had milliner’s experience but I sadly don’t, so, first time for everything I guess!
In other news, I’m soon about to finish my first term as an observer at Våga Visa. Våga Visa is a method and network for a unified quality evaluation of cultural education in the greater Stockholm area. The observers’ job is to write a report and evaluate whichever school they get sent to. All participating schools get an evaluation approximately once every third year and an observation period is a few weeks of intense lesson visits and report-writing.
For me, it was very educational to get to observe and evaluate a school I didn’t know much about before. Moreover, it's now been 3 years since I completed the written part of my master's thesis so my academic swedish was getting a bit rusty. From the observed schools' perspective, having fresh pairs of eyes scrutinize all aspects of their facility from an outsider’s perspective and then getting a report about it is very informative for their future progress. And last but not least, the reports and ratings are public to make comparisons between schools easier. You can read more about Våga Visa here.
Sound of music
In march I had the pleasure of collaborating with Opus Norden on their production of Sound of Music. Sound of Music has become their tradition and this was my second time as a one person orchestra for their choirs and soloists. They made local newspaper headlines with the musical and the venue was sold out. It was an honor and a great responsibility to accompany the entire musical. The music isn’t technically that challenging but I had over 200 pages to learn so it felt like a piano marathon! You can read Opus Norden’s (swedish) blog posts about the production on their website and Facebook.
My 6- handed arrangement of a famous waltz
This spring Östermalms Musik- och Kulturskola will have its annual Samklang- concert in Nacka Aula on May the 26th. For that, I’ve done my first 6- handed piano arrangement ever (how often do you get to do that?). The piece is Johann Strauss’ famous waltz ”The Blue Danube”, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it transforms in the hands of our talented piano students.
Upcoming mothers' day concert
On the 12th of May I’m playing a mothers’ day concert together with the super talented singer Pauliina Sairanen in Gustavsberg’s church, 2PM! Pauliina is the recipient of Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien’s scholarship and she’s been a soprano soloist with the Oulu symphony orchestra and recently also the KTH symphony orchestra in Stockholm. The concert is free of charge and we’re hoping to see a full church, despite the fact that the swedes celebrate mothers’ day a few weeks later.