Unmindful of the rain, the 45 choristers gathered at Kungsportsplatsen dot on time at 18:00 hours at the temporary venue of music concert by King Karl IX’s statue in central Gothenburg. The singers sang the Christmas carols to the delight of passing visitors and those who have had planned in advance to attend the concert welcoming Christmas and the New Year 2019. The concert is organised by Göteborgs Stad’s (City of Gothenburg’s) Kulturkalas and under the artistic direction of Amy Elizabeth Wheeler.
Amy Elizabeth Wheeler, the artistic director of Den Sjugande Julgraven, said she started the choir in 2004 and continues to this day. The New Yorker from the USA is almost a naturalised Gothenburger in Sweden. “I have been doing this for fifteen years,” she said. “How popular? It is very popular, proud and happy. It is hard work but very gratified. And, I am very happy they deliver it to this production.”
“How much I love to be part of Julstaden in Gothenburg… Thankfulness to bring happiness to people. We care very much about the public that is why we are in the public arena,” Amy said. “We perform in every weather. We do not want to disappoint our audience.”
The programme for the next four weeks is listed, please check the following photograph which gives dates and timings until just before Christmas.
Alexander Göransson is one of the musicians who accompanies the choir. He has been playing the drums since 2006 when was 14. “It is great fun to play the music here,” he said.
Den Sjungande Julgraven is the Christmas concert at Kungsportplatsen. Amy will be directed five groups of choirs from 29th November 2018 to 22 December 2018. One can listen to some of Gothenburg’s most amazing choirs: Göteborgs Ungdomskör, Gothia Show Chorus, Lodolakören, Gospel i Granen and Göteborgs Lucia. The concert is free for all and part of City of Gothenburg’s commitment to give access to music to the public.
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