Winter Concert 2020
“Week X” of the preparation period is all about team work and event management. Together with other volunteers the team participates in the preparation and the execution of a sizeable event. The January team from DRH Lindersvold went to Western Jutland for their “Week X” to take part in the preparation of a classical concert where professional musicians performed together with school children and other amateurs: The Winter Concert 2020.
Winter Concert 2020
The Winter Concert is an annual event which is organised by DNS The Necessary Teacher Training College at Tvind in Western Denmark. The concert is planned in cooperation with Filharmonia Zielonogórska, a symphony orchestra based in Zielona Góra in Poland and Stettin Chamber Choir which is a choir of young singers who are students at the conservatory in Stettin, also in Poland. For some years, students from Holstebro Ballet School have participated in parts of the concert, mostly with musical dancing.
This year, a music therapist and community music leader from Italy, Paolo Rossetti had rehearsed two percussion pieces at local schools, and some of the volunteers also had the opportunity to join this “Junk Orchestra”. Students, teachers and local choirs were invited to perform together with the chamber choir and the symphony orchestra.
The programme for the Winter Concert 2020 included Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, songs about weather and climate, percussion pieces and songs and dances from the musical West Side Story,
Supporting the arts: The Winter Concert Camp
Before the Winter Concert itself, the symphony orchestra, the choirs and other performers need to rehearse. Therefore, they meet up at the home of the hosts – DNS The Necessary Teacher Training College – at their campus at Tvind in Western Jutland. They need comfortable beds to sleep in, good food and delicious snacks to sustain their creative talents and somewhere to rehearse together.
It is quite a task to host all these people for some busy days before and during the concert, so DNS arranges a “Winter Concert Camp”, where volunteers are invited to take care of all the practicalities surrounding the event: cooking, cleaning, shopping, making rooms ready, driving and acting as stage crew.
If I had to describe the concert with some words I would surely say: music, people from all over the world, new challenges, tiredness, satisfaction, fun. This week was all this, a set of emotions that made me live this experience at its best. The days passed between eating and eating (the food was delicious!), chatting, working, meeting new people.
Learning by doing: Team work and event management
Around 40 people participated in the Winter Concert Camp, among them volunteers from the January Team at DRH Lindersvold. The 3-month preparatory course which is the first stage of the Take 10 Volunteer programme includes a compulsory module of event management.
Volunteers get to practice precisely this by taking part in a camp like this, where they are placed in an unfamiliar situation, having to solve real issues and meet the set deadlines. This can only be done if everyone involved are up for it and put their personal interests aside for a few days, to lift together. Learning how to lift a big task together is an important skill to have if you are serious about making that famous difference.
The most beautiful thing of this week for me was all the new people that I met, people from my own country and people from other continents. It is amazing to realise how many people are willing to go outside of their comfort zone in their country, and do something for others.
"Week X" Events
- Winter Concert
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- Tvind Olympics Sports Event
- Planet Protection Conference
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