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Kent's songs takes place in the Swedish körtradition

”Together we occur from the dead”, it says on the posters, fabric bags and t-shirts. Around 120 excited students crowd together in a repetitionssal in the Brewery, Studiefrämjandets premises at Odenplan. Kentkören is now in its fourth semester and the songs that will be rehearsed during the spring counts up to different degrees of rejoicing. On a table are the notes to ”Forests” and ”Colors at night” in different voices: sopranos, the altar and the ”guys” since the male singers are too few to be divided.

Image 1 of 2 the start of the semester for Kentkören in Stockholm. The choir director Elin Gusterman warming up the participants of the choir. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Slide 2 of 2 the Participants in the Kentkören in Stockholm, taking their notes. There are so many sopranos that the notes end. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Slideshow

– We run the ”Forests” in the day, notify the choir director Elin Gusterman after a number of warmup exercises that will help to attract bröströsten, the bearing poprösten. At elpianot sits his colleague Daniel Englund and together to sort out issues regarding both korrfel in the texts and musiktermer as triplets.

Sweden is a körland. The interest has been big enough to fit as the widest screen entertainment in ”Körslaget”, but at the same time narrow enough for indiepopkörer and moreover, choral singing is an integral part of the classical music world. Kent has, in turn, always had extremely devoted fans, so maybe it's not so strange that Kentkören almost become a folkbildningsfenomen since its inception in the fall of 2017.

the start of the semester for Kentkören in Stockholm. Photo: Lisa Mattisson

"We thought there would be 15 or maybe 20 people and then just slammed it to – but that we did much marketing," says Ulf Stureson, business developer at Studiefrämjandet in Stockholm.

With 90 notified already in the first semester, thought Elin Gusterman that there was a need to further a conductor and pianist Daniel Englund was recruited. Then have the duo tried. From the beginning it was supposed to Kentkören would be entirely gehörsbaserad, but with so many participants, it quickly became unsustainable. Therefore began Englund write down Gustermans arrangements as the notes, mostly for their own part. But it has in turn aroused an interest among members to learn more. So that Skittles now has created a special course in music theory for those who want to better themselves. About twenty have taken up.

– It becomes so very clear that if you see a purpose to learn something so it will be interesting and then is born a demand, notes Gusterman that the daytime is a music teacher in elementary school.

above all, spread through Facebook. Many of the participants say that they had long been thinking about to start singing in a choir, but didn't have the courage or found the right. To sing Kentlåtar together with the other seems to be a perfect combo. While the Skittles had to cancel the planned Veronica Maggiokören because of to get notified, have Kentkören a long queue.

" I think most of the sleep groups with superdedikerade fans. As Kent, but also the Brother of Daniel. Abba I have also been thinking about testing and if you start to think of foreign stuff, there is too much, " says Stureson who expect to Kentkören filled a void for grieving fans after the band's farewell tour in 2016.

It is if you don't want to see Kent go away. There are people who have taken time different Kentfester and lyssningspartyn.

Then in the last Kentkören also in Gothenburg, and this week starts in the town of Eskilstuna.

"I was of course a bit of teasing about why Eskilstuna put in the time a Kentkör because the band is going from here," says Studiefrämjandets local business developer Therese Carlsson on the phone and laughing.

To find the right choir leader, has taken almost a year and in the current situation has more than 30 notified despite the fact that it in ordinary cases tend to be ”jättekämpigt” to get participants.

– Kentkören have got a spread that I had never before been involved in during my six years on the Skittles. This is the first time that I'm not chasing people, but only have laid out the course. This shows people's interest directly and find us, " she says, and guess that it's because Kent was a popular band with genremässig width from the ”easily digestible pop to the more serious and electropoppigt”.

and later the band's manager, looks Kentkören as a testament to the band's greatness.

Kent's last gig at Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, sweden. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

" I think it is about that you don't want to see Kent go away. There are people who have taken time different Kentfester and lyssningspartyn. But to start a running is well the ultimate impact, " he says.

Roos, who was once, and built the brand Kent, is currently working to strengthen the city's brand as the ceo of Destination Eskilstuna.

" I had perhaps hoped that you had taken the initiative first in Eskilstuna, but it is always there to be a prophet in their own hometown. It will a little later, but it is really great that it can build on the city's music tradition, " he says.

Just folkbildningsaspekten has He really not thought of, but both he and the band's bassist Martin Sköld will be very impressed when they find out that the parts of the Stockholmskören going to study music theory, thanks to Kent.

" Is it true? They thus learn music in order to be able to sing? Oh my god, it's fantastic! exclaims the Shield in the telephone.

himself in his father's church choir. Dad Yngve was previously a cantor in Hyltinge church in Paris). It was where Kent played in ' 18.29-4”, psalmliknande the opening track on the album, ”Red”, together with pensionärskören as skrålar that ”even a hundred thousand voices can be wrong”.

– The idea was that I would redirect, but I managed to not so good, so we switched. I actually played the church organ and my dad had to go down and lead. It is him that you hear the most, " says Shield.

To Kentlåtarna now living his own life, he has nothing against.

– we have Now left that behind us, and then they here the songs in any way all of the others. So you can feel even when you have released an album, and this is taking it even a step further. Now, it is the different Kentkörerna that manages the songs and make their interpretations. It feels very nice, I think. You can just write that we are deeply grateful about this whole thing. It is an honour simply, " says Shield.

It feels very nice, I think. You can just write that we are deeply grateful about this whole thing.

chosen out of the repertoire, it has often been the later discs more electronically oriented songs. Neither Elin Gusterman or Daniel Englund has previously listened to much of Kent. Something that made it easier to see the material and its musical possibilities, even if the new versions have not always been fans of the taste.

– the First semester, we were often told: ”this is too slow” or ”so where do not Jocko”. Now, we are clear that we can consciously have chosen a different pace and stuk. Our goal is to make a completely different thing, and now is the choir more inside of it, " explains Englund, and notes that the members of the time started to think more about what works from a körperspektiv when they wish songs.

It is a februarimåndag with the snow-covered streets. But in tonight's singing practice sounds, lines of text about how ”Stockholm glitters in the rain like the bar on the Crane”, located just a stone's throw away from the rehearsal room. A hundred or so votes of taking statement in the ”Forests” and it is heard that this gang has been singing together for a while. Kent is no longer there, but the songs live. Then as now, for always.

Image 1 of 2 the start of the semester for Kentkören in Stockholm. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Slide 2 of 2 the start of the semester for Kentkören in Stockholm. Photo: Lisa Mattisson Slideshow

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