Danes love to sing. From birthdays to saints days, it doesn’t take much to get this nation opening its windpipes.
It just so happens that I enjoy singing too. But until April, I hadn’t been a member of a choir since my university days. After talking about it for years and always finding a work or childcare excuse to put it off, I finally decided it was time to reclaim my voice. So despite being very out of practice I joined a new, small, international choir based here in Copenhagen.
It’s called the Suoni Chorus and is run by the extremely talented composer Siobhan Lamb. There are currently around 20 members and last Saturday we performed in our first concert.
It was in the impressive Rococo church, Christians Kirke, in Christianshavn, Copenhagen. Thankfully we weren’t alone because, along with Siobhan’s Copenhagen International Children’s Choir, we were supporting the Suoni Ensemble. Now these musicians aren’t amateurs like the rest of us, but professionals – they blew us away!
We performed a piece called ‘Through the Mirror’ which is composed by Siobhan and based on Aesop’s fables. It was a great experience and it’s got me hooked. On top of that, it helps me feel a little more integrated into Danish life!