Nordic choir was formed on the initiative of the Scandinavian department students at Beograd’s University of Philology. The impetus behind the idea were the student’s musical gatherings and the organisation of St Lucia's day, a religious celebration of the lights. St Lucia's day is traditionally held on the 13th December, on one of the darkest days of the year in Sweden.
Last year the Nordic choir gathered once again with the efforts of Scandinavian Corner. The Choir's ideas remained the same. However, this time the choir consisted not only of the students of Scandinavian languages, but to all who share the same passion for music, language and culture of the North. The Choir's repertoire consists mostly of folk music, regardless of their Danish, Norwegian or Swedish origins. Although sometimes conductor Ole Svendsen likes to mix things up, with a few African and blues numbers. The other half of conductor’s team is Milena Jovanović, who has been with the choir for few years now and is a person with whose dedication choir continued to gather and sing. The conductor duo offer the perfect combination and work seamlessly together to spread positive energy to promote and exhibit Scandinavian culture and music. In keeping with tradition, the “new” choir, had their first appearance on the 13th of December on St Lucia’s day at UK Parobrod. Offering a wide selection of local delicacies including lussekatter (saffron buns), pepparkakor(cinnamon biscuits) and glögg (mulled wine) visitors were encourage to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere and songs in honour of St Lucia, who symbolizes the beginning of the Christmas period.
Nordic choir didn’t just stop there. They were invited by the Danish and Norwegian Embassies to participate in the celebration of their national days. With few other music events on their belt, Nordic choir finished another successful year.
So what happens next? What are their plans for the future?
After the summer break, Nordic choir is beginning again with their opening practice sessions. From 26th of September, practices will take place every Saturday in the Cinema Hall of UK Parabrod at 17h. This year the conductor due intends to refresh choirs repertoire with gospel tunes, as well as with some more modern pop numbers. New members are always welcome and are encouraged to come and join! And if you want to hear them sing, October and November will be filled with little surprises, so please stay tuned.